Arizona apparently won the battle for a new Nikola factory that will build long-haul trucks powered by fuel cells.
Fuel cell vehicles emit water rather than noxious diesel fumes. But it matters how the hydrogen is produced. Think of hydrogen as a battery. It takes energy to extract the hydrogen which then goes into a tank (vs a battery) later to be used by the truck. The type energy used to extract the hydrogen is critical to how sustainable this whole process is: renewable energy or fossil fuel energy. To make this work, Arizona needs to ramp up its renewable energy standard, the amount of electricity that has to come from renewables, which unless it’s been updated, stands at a pitiful 20% by 2020, established 12 years ago 2005. A lot has changed since then.