Unlike light vehicles, the commercial vehicle sector has largely avoided the emissions scandal. However, there is increasing political pressure to regulate heavy-duty CO2 emissions.
Truck, bus and coach emissions account for 25% of Europe’s road transport emissions. As a result, all the major truck manufacturers either have an electrified offering slated for production or a concept close to production.
Several household names in the US (including FedEx and Budweiser) are showing serious interest in electric vehicles – and it’s a similar story in Europe too.
But with growing awareness of climate change, we can’t help but wonder whether these brands are simply trying to appear environmentally aware, or whether an economic case for electrified trucks has actually emerged.
Battery technology remains unsuitable for long-haul journeys. And while hydrogen provides the additional distance, the infrastructure to meet the trucking sector’s needs is completely lacking.
The main challenge for fleet operators wanting to find an economically viable solution to CO2 emissions is finding suitable technology. But with more electric offerings appearing at commercial vehicle trade shows that might just be changing…