The availability of electric vehicles (EVs) and trucks has skyrocketed in the past two years and shows no sign of stopping.
Automakers are now focusing production toward medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and their potential for electrification. This is especially exciting news for fleet managers who are already transitioning light-duty vehicle fleets to electric.
Political influence and consumer tastes worldwide now favor a transformation in how trucks are fueled. President Joe Biden’s administration and the recent infrastructure legislation show an eagerness to make the transition. They want to cut greenhouse gases in half by 2030 and reach a net-zero emissions goal in a few decades. That requires drivers and fleet management to switch to the new electric vehicles hitting the roads now or soon.
Desires to be eco-conscious may be accelerating the number of commercial EVs and buses rolling off production lines. However, there is also a growing recognition that the total cost of EV ownership is growing closer to parity with that of internal combustion engine vehicles.
A new electric truck or car may cost considerably more than a new conventional truck, but the reduced fuel costs and lower cost of maintenance even things out over time. The cost of increased electricity usage is far less than paying for gasoline.
Additionally, Consumer Reports research shows that electric vehicles are less costly to maintain than vehicles with internal combustion engines. Their study found an average saving for a light-duty vehicle of $4,600 in repair and maintenance costs over its lifespan. The U.S. government, which operates one of the largest fleets of EVs in the world, noted in its study that the design of EVs drastically lowers servicing costs, which can offset the purchase price.
Pickup trucks have long been massively popular in the U.S., so consumers highly anticipate the new electric pickup trucks. Many are from major automakers like Ford and GM, which have very loyal owners who are eager for the new models, especially judging by purchase reservations already on the books. True, many EVs come with high price tags, but the growing selection of electric pickups and light vehicles will soon accommodate more budgets and tastes.
Here are some of the EV trucks on the market in 2022:
Electric buses and garbage trucks are already in use, but what about electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles? While the number of Class 8 electric trucks on roads is still low, more companies are piloting them and placing initial orders.
Here are just some developments in this area as businesses explore electrification:
Adopting electric trucks and cars is a crucial part of government and fleet plans to help decrease emissions. The pipeline is not likely to flood the market, particularly for trucks, in the next couple of years. However, fleets are rapidly replacing light-duty vehicles and will undoubtedly begin gaining experience with electric trucks.
What about fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)? Where would drivers get the fuel? Concerns have been raised about infrastructure for electrification across the country. The reality is that most people who drive EVs charge them at home or work. Moving to alternative fuel sources is not likely to occur by 2030.
Efforts are underway to develop heavy-duty EV charging solutions and newer truck stops to accommodate electric commercial vehicles.
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