We often see the long journeys made by road shipping, which can have damaging effects on pollution today. With many more companies using road shipping to transport their goods, and a request to lower their carbon footprint; a need for change is a must. Affordable electric hydrogen powered vehicles are needed today to help our environment. It is highly important that in the logistics sector, which is ever increasing its vehicles on the road, due to more demand in their service, there is a need be seen as changing for the future of our planet.
Until electric and hydrogen powered HGV’s were introduced, alternative systems were in place such as running on diesel, which created much more pollution than we would like to see. So what of the future for fuel in road shipping? With electric and hybrid vehicles unable to carry that much weight or go the distance, they now have begun to use state of the art liquefied natural gases, which reduce carbon emissions.
The future of road shipping is vehicles designed for fuel efficiency such as newly designed automated gearboxes, turbo charging and inter-cooling systems, which will have a massive reduction on pollution we see today. The market is driving forward with further advancements for costs and safety.
As road transport is a major contribution to our environment one way forward is Auto gas. It is clean and already available today. Auto gas is used to describe LPG –Liquid petroleum gas; it has two natural occurring gases that convert into a liquid easily. It would make perfect sense for vehicles doing road shipping to be using this type of energy source, for the cleanliness and to save our environment.
For road shipping, hybrid systems are hoping to be in full swing by 2015. The main obstacle is the cost of these types of vehicles, but the petrol cost savings on this type of vehicle would be massive, so would be balanced out. As the price of oil is continuing to rise, hybrid road shipping vehicles could be the best answer. As they make such long journeys they can keep fuel efficiency and therefore carbon footprint much lower.
A fuel cell vehicle uses a fuel cell to power the electric vehicle, by utilising hydrogen and oxygen from the air. The cells are made up of three parts- an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. The hydrogen fuel cell runs like a battery that produces electricity, but instead of the need to charge it can be refilled with hydrogen. So while on a long haul journey perhaps to a remote place, the need to charge the electric vehicle from a fixed point is not so important.
So what’s next for Road Shipping? With new innovations and carbon-footprint lowering technology being improved all the time, this may be the most cost effecting and environmentally sound way to transport your cargo well into the future.