FORT WAYNE, Indiana — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released Thursday the third of four market segment reports — Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case For Heavy-Duty Regional Haul Tractors — based on findings from last year’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) freight efficiency demonstration.
The top level finding from the report is that 50% of this Class 8 market segment is ready for electrification now.
“Heavy-duty Class 8 tractors are the most challenging of all the truck segments considered for electrification,” Rick Mihelic, lead author and director of emerging technologies at NACFE, said. “Battery electric vehicles cannot replace all diesels, but they can replace a significant share of regional-haul ones, where the driver and truck return to base each day, where loads are usually cubed out, or in the case of beverage deliveries, the daily distances are not very long.”
Four fleet-OEM pairs in RoL-E operated heavy-duty, regional-haul tractors: Anheuser-Busch with a BYD 8TT tractor; Biagi Bros. with a Peterbilt Model 579EV; NFI with a Volvo VNR Electric; and Penske with a Freightliner eCascadia.
As Run on Less – Electric concluded in September 2021, NACFE predicted that 70% of this market segment was electrifiable.
Given the more detailed analysis, interviews with industry experts and further research for this report, we now consider this market segment to be 50% electrifiable with lower average daily miles, which results in the avoidance of nearly 29.4 million metric tons of CO2e annually (e equals carbon dioxide equivalent).
NACFE estimates the entire CO2e to be eliminated by this segment at an average of 250 miles per day to be 97.8 million metric tons.
“Peterbilt’s strategy is to identify those niches where the technology is most ready and the financial benefits for our customers are there and build our way up from that point,” Matt Wetta, national accounts manager of EV at Peterbilt, said.
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