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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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Commercial battery electric trucks are emerging into the marketplace for medium and heavy-duty trucking operations. There are nearly a dozen brand new manufacturers that have never produced a vehicle previously. Utilities need to be prepared for suddenly requests from these logistics providers that currently have very small power demands, but are now purchasing these trucks and needing substantial  energy. Unlike never buildings and factories there is no advanced warning system such as building permits to let the system know a large change is coming. This transition also brings with it the opportunity for V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) planning because the battery packs for trucks are several times larger than passenger cars and it is likely that entire fleets of these vehicles will be co-located at a distribution center. NACFE is a non-profit organization providing free educational materials to truck fleets on the benefits and challenges of new technologies and the reports on this link can be just as educational to utility companies and EVSE's. There are no costs involved to download these guidance reports.

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Matt Chester on May 11, 2021

Utilities need to be prepared for suddenly requests from these logistics providers that currently have very small power demands, but are now purchasing these trucks and needing substantial  energy. 

In your experience, are the logistics providers aware of how much of a change this is and that utility involvement will be needed? Or are they closer to just expecting they can plug into the wall and all will be good to go? Wondering what level of education is going to be needed from all angles 

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