Orlando, Florida — March 6, 2022 — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) today released the first of four market segment reports — Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case For Terminal Tractors — based on findings from last year’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) freight efficiency demonstration. Read the report here.
The top level finding from the report is this Class 8 market segment — terminal tractors — is ready for electrification now.
“We acknowledge that electrification can be difficult, especially in the Class 8 market,” said Mike Roeth, NACFE’s executive director. “But right now, the electrification of terminal tractors makes sense and is a good place for fleets to begin their electrification journey.”
Three fleet-OEM pairs in RoL-E operated terminal tractors: NFI with a Kalmar Ottawa T2E, Ruan with an Orange EV T Series and Ryder with a Lonestar SV S22. Each of the terminal tractors that participated in RoL-E are in production and can be ordered from the various manufacturers.
“Terminal tractors provide a good use case for electrification because they operate in low mileage applications and can opportunity charge throughout the day while drivers are on breaks,” said Kevin Otto, lead author of the report and NACFE’s electrification technical lead.
The report includes some basic information about terminal tractors and the size and scope of the market. It looks at duty cycle and charging considerations and presents the benefits and challenges of battery electric vehicles. It includes information on the manufacturers and fleets that had terminal tractors in the Run and provides details on what metrics were measured. There also is a discussion of total cost of operation and return on investment.
Key findings and lessons learned also are included in the report.
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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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