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Electrification of Trucking Fleets to Pick Up in Coming Years

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June 14, 2021—Commercial shipping fleets, pushed by a number of factors, are moving toward zero-emission replacements for diesel-powered trucks.

That's according to a report from Commercial Carrier Journal, which credits the move to impending regulatory changes and environmental initiatives within the industry.

"California’s clean air agency, CARB, is behind the regulatory push to zero-emissions. Starting in 2024, 5% of Class 4-8 vehicles sold in California have to be zero emissions. The CARB timetable accelerates to 30% of new Class 4-8 trucks sold in 2030," the report says, noting similar timelines are in place in 15 other states.

Ahead of production electric truck models arriving in 2022, the story says, companies are already testing Class 8 electric trucks, as in semis.

"The drawbacks for electric powertrains are limited range (300 miles max) and cost—approximately $220,000 for a Class 8 truck and $20,000 for a charging station," the story says.

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