The Battery That will make gasoline obsolete – are you ready?



Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

Solid-state batteries are a revolutionary battery technology with the potential to reshape the electric vehicle (EV) landscape. Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries that utilize liquid electrolytes, solid-state batteries exploit solid electrolytes made of ceramic, glass, or polymeric materials. These batteries offer numerous benefits, including higher energy density, faster charging, and increased safety. While this technology holds immense promise for the entire EV industry, we can’t help but shine a spotlight on Toyota’s notable contributions in this field.


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Behind the Headlines: What Really Happened in the Ohio Hydrogen Trailer Explosion



Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

On February 7th, eyewitnesses reported several explosions and massive fireballs in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident involving a truck carrying hydrogen. What went wrong?

Hydrogen fuel has the potential to revolutionize the way we power our vehicles, but many people are hesitant to embrace this technology due to safety concerns. While it’s true that hydrogen has a reputation for being explosive, it’s important to understand the facts and the safety measures in place to protect against accidents.

In February, a pick-up truck pulling a trailer designed to carry up to 300-kg of gaseous hydrogen was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Ohio. As a result of the incident the hydrogen caught fire resulting the in a total loss of the vehicle and damage to city infrastructure. Thankfully, all three people involved were reported to have only minor injuries.


The Explosive Reputation of Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a colourless, odourless, and highly flammable gas that has earned a reputation for being explosive. The thought of driving a car powered by such a volatile substance is understandably scary for many people. However, it’s important to understand that hydrogen is no more dangerous than gasoline or diesel fuel when handled properly.

In fact, hydrogen is actually safer in some ways. For example, hydrogen dissipates quickly in the air, while gasoline and diesel fuel can form dangerous pools that can ignite. Additionally, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have safety systems in place to prevent and mitigate accidents.


Safety Systems on a Hydrogen Vehicle

Here’s a list of safety systems required on hydrogen vehicles and their function:

  1. Pressure Relief Device: Hydrogen tanks operate at high pressure, so pressure relief devices are installed to prevent explosions in the event of a malfunction.
  2. High Temperature Device: a device similar to a fire sprinkler thermal bulb allows hydrogen to flow out of the tank to a safe location when activated. Often the pressure relief device and high temperature device are integrated.
  3. Hydrogen Tanks: Fuel cell vehicles have specially designed hydrogen tanks that are built to withstand high pressure and protect against leaks. These tanks are design to withstand a crash without leaking.


So, what went wrong on Route 23 in Delaware County? Well, nothing. There was an incident where hydrogen started to leak from one or more tanks, but we don’t know what caused it. The leaked hydrogen then caught fire and heated up the tanks, which triggered their safety systems to relieve the pressure and prevent a massive explosion. Since there were multiple tanks with their own safety systems, there were several smaller explosions as the gas was vented and ignited. The gas was safely directed upwards to prevent any harm.

While this incident may have been scary, it’s important to remember that hydrogen vehicles have safety systems in place to prevent and mitigate accidents. It’s time to embrace the potential of hydrogen as a clean and efficient fuel source for transportation. As consumers, we can support this technology by doing our research, educating ourselves on the safety measures, and advocating for the development of more hydrogen vehicles. Let’s work together to create a safer and more sustainable future for our planet.

Take a look at the initial report video from WBNS 10TV (Columbus, OH) – Video Link


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Musk. Gates. Are They Both Wrong?





Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

“My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh” – Elon Musk

At the end of August, Bill Gates pressed ‘post’ on his latest GatesNotes blog article. In the post on travelling and climate change he speaks about the progress of EVs over the last decade and how they are a realistic option for car owners today but states “(batteries will) probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers…”. Last weekend Twitter user @richardreinariv asked Elon Musk what his opinion was about this declaration, and in typical Elon style he quips a blunt dismissal, “He (Gates) has no clue”. Does he have a point, or has he no clue?

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4 Best Fuel Cell Semi Trucks You Have to See!





Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

“Drayage, is where old trucks go to die”


With the road to class-8 long-haul clean freight currently being paved, what are the different powertrain architecture approaches and how do they compare?

Hydrogen fuel cells claim no reduction in cargo weight, fast-fill times, and uncompromising range when compared with battery-electric trucks.

In the article, Truck Hybridisation—which is better, battery or fuel cell?, I concluded that a hybrid truck with both a battery and a fuel cell is a viable disruptor. In this article, I look deeper into identifying the best sizing of battery and fuel cell to achieve the goal of providing clean freight.

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Truck Hybridisation—which is better, battery or fuel cell?

Why can’t we be friends?




Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

“With a yearly market of more than 2,000,000 heavy-duty trucks, that’s enough pie for everyone.”

This question has been asked for more than thirty years and created many an argument. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard it, and honestly, I’ve grown tired of the polarising discussion. Why can’t we just be friends?

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Range Anxiety and BEV – Will it ever go away?

Let’s forget the technologies for a minute and talk about the source of range anxiety and what it will take to eliminate it.




Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

“Range anxiety is a state of uneasiness and apprehension about having insufficient battery charge, thereby stranding the vehicle’s occupants before reaching their intended destination.”

Articles discussing range anxiety usually take one of two forms. Discussion of techniques to circumvent the present inherent constraints of battery size/weight/cost though discussing ‘free loaners’, battery swapping and mobile recharging. Or, discussions of how much range is enough to eliminate range anxiety. After reading a few of these articles, I have some questions.

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Find Out Why People are Lining up to buy The Tesla Semi, Nikola Tre and Peterbilt Model 579EV and What They Don’t Want You to Know.

With Nikola being talked about as the next Tesla and both planning products in the same space, its time see how the trucks stack up and which rig pulls out in front!




Robert Wingrove

Principal Consultant / Founder

The Backstory

“It’s the most movement we’ve seen in the industry in decades”

Battery electric heavy-duty trucks are nothing new, they have been around for more than ten years, but none have reached volume production until the promise of these three stunners. The dream is zero-emissions and low fuel cost with no compromises. A well-suited traction motor and an optimal solution to the cost/range/weight battery trade-off have left the heavy-duty tractor manufacturers on the sidelines of the EV revolution Continue reading “Comparison: Tesla, Nikola & Peterbilt”