Black & Veatch: Zero-Emission Vehicles Key to Enabling Decarbonization Targets, and Operators Should Begin Planning Now | Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch: Zero-Emission Vehicles Key to Enabling Decarbonization Targets, and Operators Should Begin Planning Now

New eBook outlines eight phases to help operators navigate new technologies, infrastructure choices and supply chains as renewable power, hydrogen become their new fuels

Driven largely by ambitious climate agendas and aggressive net-zero targets, fleet operators across the U.S. are actively decarbonizing their operations. A new Black & Veatch eBook puts it all in focus, noting that advances in hydrogen and the electrification of transportation, particularly for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, are amplifying the importance and promise of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in making transportation cleaner, sustainable and resilient.

The free eBook, Fleet Decarbonization: A Guide to Cost-Efficient Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition, outlines eight phases of ZEV infrastructure deployment that will help fleet operators plan optimal, cost-effective facilities and avoid unnecessary investments.

“Transportation and energy are becoming increasingly intertwined, opening new opportunities for operators to decarbonize their fleets, build energy resilience, and economize the cost of power,” said Dean Siegrist, associate vice president of Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “The benefits of ZEV are clear, and market momentum is increasing. Now is the time for fleet operators to start mapping out how to accelerate clean, sustainable, and cost-efficient transportation and energy in our communities.”

To truly decarbonize transportation, the U.S. must invest in building out additional infrastructure, among other things by expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging networks and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) hydrogen filling stations. Hydrogen supplies need to be increased, and adequate electric supplies must be built and developed in critical locations. With industry interest growing, utilities, power marketers and fueling companies are motivated to expand these networks, and 2021 could see a blitz of new programs as funding surges.

Fleet Decarbonization: A Guide to Cost-Efficient Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition offers a comprehensive guide to the eight development phases, ranging from defining cycles and operational considerations to the end game of construction and commissioning. The eBook is meant to help fleet operators deploy ZEV networks incrementally, scaled over time as energy and transportation technologies mature, as capabilities are needed and as budgets allow.

“EVs and FCEVs are both viable technologies, and the best decarbonization plan may be one that is flexible enough to include both technologies,” said Randal Kaufman, sales director for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “Good planning now will ensure optimal configuration of vehicles, EV charging and hydrogen filling infrastructure, and energy options to build that pathway towards a more decarbonized, resilient and economically powerful future.”

Market confidence in ZEVs will only continue to grow as technology advances EVs and FCEVs, motivating fleet operators to begin their transition to ZEVs. As long-term investments, EV-charging networks and FCEV hydrogen filling facilities are intended to endure even as the technology evolves. No matter the approach, the journey towards sustainable and cost-efficient transportation begins with adequate energy supply and well-designed infrastructure.


Editor’s Notes:

  • Download the eBook here.
  • View Black & Veatch’s complete series of eBooks, which examine digitally connected communities, digital electricity, electric vehicles and how we are becoming one digital world.
  • Black & Veatch is a clean energy planning and transportation infrastructure leader with expertise in communication networks, charging infrastructure, hydrogen generation, grid modernization, renewable energy, and emerging technologies.

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