With lots of legislative changes coming in the next years and decades regarding the use of fossil, hydrocarbon and polluting fuels, JCB has outlined its views on the future of propulsion.
With a range of options under consideration, most exciting and relevant to the agricultural sector is the firm’s recently developed hydrogen engine.
JCB chair Lord Anthony Bamford says the company is ahead of the curve in developing alternatives to the fossil fuel burning internal combustion engine (ICE).
He says: “Much of the legislation regarding emissions is aimed at cars, the biggest emitters of CO2 in the UK, with petrol and diesel powerplants being banned by 2030.
“However, strict rules on HGVs are now firmly in place.
“The sale of fossil fuel burning HGVs will start in 2035, with a phase out for vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 26 tonnes, and 2040 for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes.
“As a manufacturer of equipment and engines, we need to be at the forefront of developing alternatives that can be used in all machinery, hence why I challenged our employees on the use of hydrogen in a combustion engine.”
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