Survey of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and their fit for service in Canada

Volume 2, Issue 1
July 2020
By David Layzell, Jessica Lof, Catherine MacKinnon, Geoff Martin

Countries around the world are looking to hydrogen as a compelling option to decarbonize the trucking sector and support the build-up of a hydrogen economy that has substantial environmental, economic development, and energy diversification benefits.

This report explores the fit of hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to meet the needs of the heavy-duty vehicle sector. It also assesses the deployment strategies and progress that has been made globally to gain insights that can be applied in a Canadian context.

Hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles have the potential to be part of a zero-emission pathway for Canada. However, the pathway will require coordinated cross-sector visions, commercialization strategies and deployment plans that are dedicated to achieving a critical scale for fleets and hydrogen supply systems.

About the Authors

David Layzell, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

David B. Layzell is an Energy Systems Architect with the Transition Accelerator, a Faculty Professor at the University of Calgary, and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research CESAR Initiative. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research, and training institute at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary, he was a Professor of Biology at Queen’s University cross appointments in Environmental Studies and the School of Public Policy), and Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s he cofounded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) for his research contributions.


Cite as: Lof J, MacKinnon C, Martin G and Layzell DB. 2020. Survey of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and their fit for service in Canada. Transition Accelerator Reports, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pg 1-74. ISSN. 2562-6264.