About the project

Load capacity is important when it comes to bulk freight vehicles. For transports within cities, there is a general need for heavier solutions than today’s proposed concepts with fuel cells. On the other hand the distance that city transports need to cover is shorter than theese concepts have been designed for. Short transports with limited bulk weight could theoretically use electric battery power, potentially charging the vehicle during breaks and nights. But for longer transports and/or transports with higher bulk weight, and in vehicles that has an additional energy demand, e.g. concrete mixers, hydrogen fuel cells are an interesting alternative. Some advantages with fuel cells are that they make quick energy refilling possible, that load capacity is not limited in the same extent as with electric batteries, and that fuel cells only emit water vapor. This is very relevant in cities with problems with air pollution.

This project intends to contain a knowledge building regarding hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks, which can be used for construction and bulk materials in cities and urban areas, in order to accelerate the development of sustainable transport solutions in this area. Transition from fossil fuel to hydrogen fuel cells in bulk freight vehicles is expected to reduce the emissions of transport by 70-100%, depending on how the hydrogen is produced. This is why the project will include an account of the financial incentives available for construction and transport companies to buy and use fuel cell powered vehicles. The project is unique in its focus on transports of bulk mass where distances often are relatively short (<100 km), and where the vehicles’ load weights are of great importance. The results are intended to form a basis for decision makers when switching to renewable fuels without local emissions.


Ingrid Nordmark, TFK - TransportForsK


Joachim Andersson and Peter Bark, TFK

Time plan
15 June 2020 - 31 October 2021

Total project cost
750 000 SEK

The Swedish Energy Agency, the f3 partner organisations, AB Volvo, Parator Industri, Skanska Asphalt and Concrete, The Swedish Association Road of Transport Companies, The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises, and Vattenfall.

Swedish Energy Agency's project number within the collaborative research program

A focus group with representatives from the co-funding industry companies will contribute to several of the projects' work packages, providing input to e.g. the case studies and analyses.