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Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

Electric/hybrid MD & HD commercial trucks are just entering the marketplace. With over 3 decades of experience introducing new technologies to the trucking industry, it is a pleasure to be...

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  • Jun 15, 2022

Studying the anonymized data streams from truck telematics systems can help understand where trucks are domiciled as well as where they travel and how many miles per day they accumulate.  RMI and Geotab recently performed this task for the states of California and New York since they are leading the country with incentives for fleets to purchase battery electric trucks. The study helps the transportation and power industries understand the possibilities that lie ahead.

Excellent introductory video on this web page.

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Jim Stack on Jun 15, 2022

Yes Class 8 heavy duty Semi trucks are starting to roll out. The Tesla Semi will set the bar high but has not been released yet.  Many companies are placing orders so it should be very soon we will see clean trucks that can make it full speed up large hills and gain a lot of energy using REGENerative braking on the downhills and slowing anytime. A few also have self driving so driver shortages will be reduced. 

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David Schaller on Jun 16, 2022

Jim, Great feedback. Class 8 battery electric tractor-trailers are already in use with fleets in California and NACFE monitored 4 of them late in 2021. We published a report on them very recently: Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case for Heavy-Duty Regional Haul Tractors - North American Council for Freight Efficiency (  It is completely free of charge to any interested parties. I would love to discuss this situation in detail at the EPRI Electrification show in Charlotte this month!

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