Podcast Saturday: Is hydrogen, rather than electric, the future for big-engined machinery?

That is the key question heading into a low (or zero) carbon future. Forget about your electric vehicle (EV), the serious question is how will we power serious machinery beyond fossil fuels.

Lord Bamford at JCB, in the UK, rightly points out that the private vehicle may only be used for 300 hours per year, whereas major machinery will achieve that many hours in well less than a week, every week. Electric machinery just will not work, so what is the alternative.

While it is not motorsport, this may point a way ahead for what may become the future for the combustion engine. This week we bring you Harry’s Garage and their visit to JCB to find out what technology that they have developed for the future. A technology that is cost effective, efficient and may satisfy our politicians and their quest for changing our future.

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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