Passenger cars hog the spotlight when it comes to vehicle electrification. These EVs get center stage at the auto shows and glitzy launch parties. No one is rolling out the red carpet for the humble electric garbage truck.
But while they may not be as captivating to the public, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles stand to produce major environmental benefits. Transportation is currently the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles account for nearly 25 percent of U.S. transportation emissions, despite making up only 5 percent of all vehicles on the road.
Curbing pollution from trucks and buses will become even more pressing with massive growth in freight deliveries by truck expected in the coming decades. Also, unlike cars, these vehicles operate for up to 40 years, which means that purchasing decisions made today have long-lasting impact.