NACFE Releases Report: Electric Trucks Have Arrived: Documenting a Real-World Electric Trucking Demonstration
Fort Wayne, Indiana — January 11, 2022 — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) today released data proving that four market segments in trucking are ready to go electric. If they do, US and Canadian fleets could eliminate about 100 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. Read the report.
“We expect that this work encourages fleets to explore the deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs) in their operations where they make sense. This will help manufacturers to improve their products for quicker return on investment, and help others to better support the efforts of the trucking industry to progress the use of CBEVs,” says Mike Roeth, NACFE’s executive director.
An in-depth report, Electric Trucks Have Arrived: Documenting a Real-World Electric Trucking Demonstration, documents NACFE’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) demonstration, which was conducted in September of 2021. It shares the methods used to select the participating fleets, routes and equipment, as well as what was measured and details of the Run’s findings and lessons learned.
The report documents the four market segments in which fleets are having success with CBEVs: vans and step vans, medium-duty box trucks, terminal tractors and heavy-duty regional haul tractors. Throughout the Run, NACFE tracked vehicle operations continuously via a digital tracking device, and updated metrics in real-time via a public website with the ability to view results by day or over a span of days.
“It’s not the technology of the future. It is technology for now. Manufacturers are going into production starting now and over the next several years,” says Tim Farney, vice president, global sales, Dana Inc., Commercial Vehicle Division
The report includes information on state of charge, daily range, speed profiles, regenerative braking recovery, number of deliveries, charging rate, energy consumption, trucking activity, energy-in per day, energy-out per day and weather conditions. It also documents driver reaction, regional factors that impact CBEVs, maintenance and the role of utilities in the successful deployment of CBEVs.
NACFE enumerated 24 lessons learned in six categories — charging, measuring performance, standards, operations, utilities and some miscellaneous lessons. See a full list of lessons learned here.
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Some of these vehicle-manufacturer pairings are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.
About the North American Council for Freight Efficiency
The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling the freight efficiency of North American goods movement. NACFE operates as a nonprofit in order to provide an independent, unbiased research organization for the transformation of the transportation industry. Data is critical, and NACFE is proving to help the industry with real-world information that fleets can use to take action. In 2014, NACFE collaborated with Carbon War Room, founded by Sir Richard Branson and now a part of RMI, to deliver tools and reports to improve trucking efficiency. Learn more at www.nacfe.org.
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