Many retail businesses are working to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants through corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and emissions reduction programs. These have public health benefits to the local communities and governments which these businesses serve. Several are actively engaged with initiatives like the U.S. EPA SmartWay program, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, and EV 100.
At the same time, EVs are a relatively new technology and many retailers lack access to independent analysis to help them make informed decisions about options to use electric trucks and install EV charging infrastructure. Additionally, many retailers employ a mix of private fleet trucks and outsourced trucking services in their freight operations. Therefore, the business case for electric trucks must include retailers and their third-party carriers.
Atlas would like to thank the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, David Gardiner and Associates, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association for their work to gather information, provide valuable feedback, and edit the work products from this project. It is through collaborative efforts with organizations such as these that Atlas is able to pursue its mission to arm businesses and policymakers with the information necessary to make strategic, informed decisions and encourage the use of new technologies and products along with changes in consumer behavior. Atlas is an independent organization and is solely responsible for the thoughts and opinions expressed in this work.