10 May 2024

Truckies keen on hydrogen, but vehicle supply slow

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 10 May 2024
Hydrogen pump

Photo: Marika Khabazi

Last month, Hiringa Energy opened the country's first hydrogen network, running from South Auckland to Palmerston North.

Hydrogen remains more expensive than diesel as a trucking fuel, and the cost of getting a hydrogen powered truck on the road is higher. They are about double the cost of a diesel equivalent truck. 

But some transport businesses are beginning to make the investment -  such as HW Richardson in Invercargill, and the TR Group in Wellington. 

There are six hydrogen trucks in the country, one bus and a handful of cars.

Kathryn speaks with Andrew Clennett, Hiringa Energy's chief executive, and James Smith , general manager of policy and advocacy at the National Road Carriers Association.