Long-distance heavy freight total cost of ownership (LDHF TCO) comparison tool

This comparison tool calculates the cost of long-distance heavy freight trips using a total cost of ownership approach.

It covers a variety of fuels and technology types, including green and blue hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, biodiesel and internal combustion engines.

The comparison tool comes with a set of inbuilt assumptions about various factors, such as the cost of electricity, vehicle capital costs, the cost of various fuels, and road user charges. However, users are free to run and save their own scenarios and input their own data.

The tool was developed for Ara Ake by NERA Economic Consulting, peer reviewed by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and includes freight data provided by EROAD.

The tool (available as a Microsoft Excel document) is accompanied by a user guide (available as a PDF file). Both are available for download free of charge once you have registered your details below.


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Providing some information is optional. If you choose not to enter your name and email address, we'll be unable to provide access to the LDHF TCO comparison tool.

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