Alternative Fuels & Powertrains - A Transition to decarbonize the Transport Sector - Ingenious e-Brain

Alternative Fuels & Powertrains – A Transition to decarbonize the transport sector

Technology Landscape

Decarbonization and sustainability are set to become a strategic priority for automotive’ stakeholders, including, OEMs, Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers, and governments at large. Decarbonization of the transport sector will rely on policies to promote modal shifts and two major technology transitions, i.e., shifts towards alternative fuels & powertrains and shifts towards higher fuel blending ratios and direct use of hydrogen‐based fuels & biofuels. An Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is still the foremost technology among all competing technologies in terms of energy density, thermal efficiency, fuel flexibility, fuel economy, safety, and market share; ICE is expected to remain the key driving force of transportation sector for a long time in the future.

Market Dynamics

Alternative fuels & powertrains

Competitive Landscape:

  • The alternative fuel market is relatively competitive in medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Key players have been spending in new product development, partnerships, and strategic alliances such as mergers and acquisitions to improve their market position.
  • During the study, the key players identified are:

Key Developments:

Some of the key developments in the market are:

  1. June 2022 – John Deere started testing of ammonia powered fuel cell tractor with 100 kW power
  2. May 2022 – Hydrogen specialist Keyou unveiled hydrogen ICE powered vehicle prototypes that do not require any aftertreatment system
  3. July 2021 – Cummins started testing of hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine for on- and off-highway vehicles


Technology Segmentation:

  • The alternative fuel powertrain market is segmented by technology type (FCEV and ICE), fuel type (Hydrogen, ammonia, ethanol, methanol, and others), vehicle segment (light and heavy passenger vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles) and geography (US, Europe, APAC and RoW)

Scope of the Report:

Critical Questions the Report Answers:

  1. What are the technological unmet needs of trends in alternative fuels and powertrains?
  2. What are the mitigation strategies to achieve the unmet needs?
  3. Which are the most interesting technology clusters, which can be pursued by automotive’ stakeholders for further investigations?
  4. What are the challenges that technology clusters/trends are still trying to solve to achieve greater efficiency, performance, and reliability?
  5. What are the various needs and key attributes required for individual emerging technologies?
  6. What are the underlying drivers that are shaping the demand for high-performance alternative fuels and powertrains?
  7. How big is the universe of the player ecosystem?
  8. Who are the key competitors in this space? What is their strategy/best practices to monetize the emerging trends?
  9. What is the use case, business case and regulatory frameworks in this space?
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
    1. Need for alternative fuel powertrain
    2. How alternative fuel powertrains are different
    3. Alternative fuels and application pathways
    4. Current challenges and roadblocks
  3. Innovation Landscape
    1. Patent publication trends
    2. Geographical spread
    3. Key assignees/technology developers
    4. Technology clusters/sub-technology areas
    5. Alternative powertrain technology distribution
    6. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) by fuel type:
      1. Hydrogen
      2. Methanol
      3. Ethanol
      4. Ammonia
      5. Others
    7. FCEV by technology type:
      1. Alkaline fuel cell
      2. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell
      3. Phosphoric acid fuel cell
      4. Molten carbonate fuel cell
      5. Solid oxide fuel cell
      6. Direct methanol fuel cell
      7. Others
    8. ICE by fuel type:
      1. Hydrogen
      2. Ammonia
      3. Ethanol
      4. Propane
      5. CNG/LNG/LPG
      6. e-fuels
      7. Flex-fuel ICE
      8. Others
    9. Technology benchmarking | Winning attributes | Best fit technologies
    10. Fuel handling system
    11. Aftertreatment systems
    12. Exhaust gas recirculation systems
    13. Alternative fuel on-board storage systems
      1. Compressed H2 storage
      2. Liquid H2 storage
      3. Cryo-compressed storage
      4. Sorbents
      5. Metal hydrides
      6. Others
    14. Supercapacitors
    15. Emerging technologies
    16. Technology readiness level
    17. Market maturity level
    18. Techno-economic assessment of innovative technologies
  4. Player ecosystem:
    1. Cummins
    2. MAN Energy Solutions
    3. JLR
    4. Daimler
    5. JCB
    6. BMW
    7. Yamaha
    8. Toyota
    9. Others
  5. Strategic activities
    1. M&A
    2. Collaborations
    3. Fundings
    4. OEM Strategy
    5. Supplier Strategy
    6. Others
  6. Adoption plan in different geographies
  7. Future infrastructure
  8. se case | Business case
  9. Market dynamics:
    1. Underlying drivers
    2. Trigger points
    3. Inflection points
    4. Policy instruments and regulatory framework
    5. By vehicle segments:
      1. Light passenger vehicles
      2. Heavy duty passenger vehicles
      3. Medium duty commercial vehicles
      4. Heavy duty commercial vehicles
      5. Others
    6. By powertrain type
      1. FCEV
      2. ICE
  10. Commercialization prospect of alternative fuel powertrain
  11. Concluding remarks and future outlook

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