The future of electric trucking is here. No less than automotive giants Daimler, Mack, and Tesla have committed themselves to putting this niche industry front and center of the automotive world.
All three have recently made announcements carrying similar messages of how they will start phasing out carbon-based fuel trucks to introduce a more environment-friendly, electric version.
Timing the Shift
Although they may be ready to make the shift to electric trucks, they still have to pace their transition and do it gradually. As managing director of research at Oppenheimer & Co in new York, Colin Rusch, pointed out, the market consumers of the trucking industry are a lot more conservative when it comes to adopting technology in their vehicles compared to other automotive consumers.
There will be a lot of other considerations, too, such as the issue of battery life, which may or may not be affected by the load that the truck will carry. It’s also not likely that trucking companies will immediately buy electric trucks by the fleet. Since this involves an all-new technology, it’s understandable that they would want to approach it first with caution, just to make sure that it will work as well as they are promised.
For the automotive companies looking to seriously invest in this, therefore, analysts say that they should expect the interest to build up over time, maybe as much as a decade, before electric trucks fully become the standard.
Going Electric for the Environment
Aside from the obvious technological advantages that can be derived from this shift, an apparent driving force behind this shift in trucking design model is the pursuance of a more environment-friendly approach to transportation in general.
Just recently, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) submitted its final draft for the blueprint for pollution and greenhouse gas emissions reduction coming from the freighting industry.
In this final draft, it explains that the goal set by CARB is to have over 100,000 zero-emission trucks and other freighting vehicles deployed and in operation by 2030. As trucks are deemed to be heavy polluters, it would make sense why electric trucks are the best way to comply with this new policy.
Goldberg Weisman Cairo hopes that this article will familiarize yourself with the coming trends in the automotive industry.