On-Demand Webinars: Energy

Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Batteries or Fuel Cells?


The regulatory climate is increasingly calling for fleets full of zero-emission commercial vehicles in the next couple of decades, which means widescale electrification is coming. As the industry continues R&D efforts to move in this direction, a question arises: Will these vehicles ultimately be powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells?

The answer you’re likely to hear from experts is both, though the exact product mix and time frames to introduction will vary. On the engineering side of this topic, another question that comes to mind is: How can engineers develop and test battery and fuel cell control systems? In this 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Truck & Off-Highway Engineering, panelists address the benefits and challenges to both of these zero-emission avenues, including infrastructure build-out, application suitability, cost, and technical hurdles that still need to be resolved. Additionally, solutions for testing battery and fuel cell control systems are presented.

Topics include:

  • The role of hydrogen in decarbonizing transportation: benefits and challenges
  • Transition of existing CV test infrastructure into a robust solution for the development of zero emissions vehicles
  • How renewably fueled combustion-based alternatives complement electrification and enable sustainability
  • How technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost
  • Battery and fuel cell test requirements and how to provide a continuous hardware-in-the-loop toolchain
  • HIL-ready fuel cell electric vehicle simulation

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations.


Joshua Israel, Market Development Manager, HORIBA Automotive

Joshua Israel serves as Market Development Manager at HORIBA. He is an expert on global emissions regulations with a particular focus on U.S. testing procedures and emissions standards. He is also a member of the team that provides technical support, market intelligence, marketing communications, and business development activities for the company’s emissions, mechatronics, and test automation solutions. Joshua is active in the development of new SAE standards for emissions measurement and has been a long-time participant in the EPA-EMA Emissions Measurement and Testing Committee. He holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Purdue University School of Engineering.

BJ Johnson, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, ClearFlame Engine Technologies

Dr. BJ Johnson is CEO and co-founder of ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up company dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for heavy-duty truck, off-highway, and industrial applications. He co-founded ClearFlame to develop solutions that increase the performance of and reduce emissions from internal-combustion engines using decarbonized fuel. BJ was the lead inventor on a patent filed by Stanford University for this work, which now forms the center of ClearFlame’s intellectual property. BJ earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Norbert Meyer, Manager, Vehicle Simulation, dSPACE GmbH

Norbert Meyer is the Manager of Vehicle Simulation at dSPACE GmbH. Previously, he was Group Manager Modeling Drivetrain (2014-2020), Team Leader Modeling Drivetrain (2012-2014), Modeling Engineer for mean value engine models (2009-2012), and Application Engineer for HIL projects (2006-2009). Norbert received degrees in mechatronics at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany), control engineering at Coventry University (U.K.), and mathematics at the University of Hagen (Germany).


Lisa Arrigo, Editor, SAE Media Group

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