Project Description

The transportation sector is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and the retail industry is one of the largest movers of freight in the country. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), David Gardiner and Associates (DGA), Atlas Public Policy and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) are exploring the landscape and opportunities to cost effectively accelerate the adoption of electric trucks for freight movement. This project will develop an independent cost/benefit analysis and total cost of ownership analysis for electric trucks to help retailer shippers better understand options available to them and to their transportation providers. There will also be two case studies outlining best practices for working with utilities and an effort to engage retail companies in the United States on the adoption of electric trucks for freight, including development of a roadmap tool for retailer shippers to chart a path forward on evaluating and piloting EV trucks.

We conducted an independent total cost of ownership analysis for electric trucks to help retailer shippers better understand options available to them, or to their transportation providers. The results of this analysis, available in a comprehensive report and dashboard tool, indicate that medium- and heavy-duty EVs are cost competitive in some use cases under current market conditions and the most important factors are the cost of charging and availability of upfront vehicle incentives.

Assessing Financial Barriers to the Adoption of Electric Trucks
Public EV Charging Business Models for Retail Site Hosts
Accelerating Electric Truck and EV Charging Infrastructure (C2ES)

This project completed in mid 2020.