Electric Semi-Trucks Enter Race Toward Reaching Zero Emissions

Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons recently made history by carrying out the country’s first commercial 100% zero-emission refrigerated grocery delivery using a class 8 battery-electric truck and refrigerated trailer. This venture is only the beginning of the industry’s exciting journey toward net zero emissions, when no new emissions are being added to the earth’s atmosphere.

While the fleet electrification movement is still in its infancy – and COVID-19 slightly slowed the momentum – all signs point to a major change in commercial vehicles coming in the next two decades, especially as logistics and infrastructure improve.

A growing number of truck manufacturers, including Volvo, Daimler Trucks and PACCAR, are already rolling out prototypes and ready-to-drive models. Globally, 334 models of electric commercial trucks are expected to launch through 2024, according to data from ACT Research, a Columbus, Ind.-based market data and research firm for the commercial vehicle and transportation markets. Of the 334 models, 281 are battery electric and 53 are fuel cell (the vast majority of electric vehicles in the U.S. market use batteries). In fact, just 10 years from now, more than a third of class 4 through class 8 trucks will be battery electric, the firm forecasts.

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