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Half of Heavy-Duty Regional Haul Tractors Are Electrifiable Now

| May 9, 2022

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) today released the third of four market segment reports

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)  released the third of four market segment reports Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case For Heavy-Duty Regional Haul Tractors — based on findings from last year’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) freight efficiency demonstration.
The top level finding from the report is that 50% of this Class 8 market segment is ready for electrification now. Read the report.

Four fleet-OEM pairs in RoL-E operated heavy-duty regional haul tractors: Anheuser-Busch with a BYD 8TT tractor, Biagi Bros. with a Peterbilt Model 579EV, NFI with a Volvo VNR Electric and Penske with a Freightliner eCascadia.
As Run on Less – Electric concluded in September 2021, NACFE predicted that 70% of this market segment was electrifiable. Given the more detailed analysis, interviews with industry experts and further research for this report, we now consider this market segment to be 50% electrifiable with lower average daily miles, which results in the avoidance of nearly 29.4 million metric tonnes of CO2e annually (e equals carbon dioxide equivalent). NACFE estimates the entire CO2e to be eliminated by this segment at an average of 250 miles per day to be 97.8 million metric tonnes.

The report includes some basic information about heavy-duty regional haul tractors and the size and scope of the market. It looks at duty cycle and charging considerations and presents the benefits and challenges of battery electric vehicles. It includes information on the manufacturers and fleets that had heavy-duty regional haul tractors in the Run and provides details on what metrics were measured. There also is a discussion of total cost of operation and return on investment.
Key findings and lessons learned are also included in the report.

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