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Truck Electrification Will See Regional Variations In Adoption for US and Canada

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

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Differences in Support, Need and Technology will come together to define how strongly a given state or province will adopt battery electric trucks. NACFE has published a report to provide detailed insights into these differences: High-Potential Regions for Electric Truck Deployments - North American Council for Freight Efficiency

The key findings include: 

  • Regions favorable for electric truck deployments are found across the U.S. and Canada.
  • The Northern California, Southern California, Texas Triangle, Cascadia (stretching from Portland, Oregon through Seattle and into Vancouver, Canada), Colorado Front Range, Northeast U.S., Greater Toronto Area, and Greater Montreal show particularly high potential.
  • Many trucking operations are not confined to individual provinces or states, and as such, fleets should think about electric vehicle deployments at the regional level.
  • Policies and incentives to support electric truck adoption vary drastically by region.
  • Policymakers and advocates looking to increase adoption of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in their regions should consider which of the framework criteria they can change.
  • This analysis identifies the regions with the highest potential for regional haul electric trucks now. As the technology develops further, we expect even more regions to favor electric trucks.
  • Fleets should work with policymakers, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders in their region to collaboratively develop strategies to advance zero-emission trucks.
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Matt Chester on Aug 24, 2022

While it's great that each region can plan for its specific needs, abilities, etc., I would think long-haul trucking needs a pretty seamless cross country/continent consistency to be effective in such a transition, right? Does the sector need to prioritize unifying cross-region? 

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David Schaller on Aug 26, 2022

Great question Matt. Long haul electric trucking will need a seemless infratructure that is still a long way off. The first steps are in progress now with WattEV building the first electric only truck stop in Bakersfield CA> There is a collaboration to electrify the I-5 corridor up the West Coast. Other teams are working together to electrify the i-80 corridor and the I-45 corridor.

The good news is that over half of tractor-trailers are home EVERY day of the week. Regional and local dedicated routes are far more common than most people realize. These depot locations are becoming charging locations for dozens of fleets. Change is in the air.

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