RMI: 60% of medium duty and 43% of heavy-duty trucks are electrifiable
The US-based clean energy nonprofit says it has analyzed a year’s worth of trucking data and concluded that many of the medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks on the road are electrifiable today.
Clean-energy nonprofit RMI has analyzed a year’s worth of trucking data in 15 states and concluded that 60% of the medium-duty trucks and 43% of heavy-duty trucks used in those states are electrifiable today. All they need is the policy and infrastructure development to make it happen.
The 15 states featured in the study have all signed the Advanced Clean Trucks Memorandum of Understanding – an agreement that requires 30% of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030, with a goal of 100 percent by 2050. Some of the signatory states have already started implementing the memorandum of understanding while others are still working on adopting it.
Given that (according to this article) medium- and heavy-duty trucks produce almost 25% of all vehicle emissions – even though they account for just 10% of vehicles on the road – working on truck electrification seems like a smart thing to do.