Diesel will continue to be the overwhelming choice of medium and heavy-duty truck operators over the next decade, but there will be a solid increase in the use of electrified trucks.
That is the prediction coming from Navigant Research.
The market researcher provider has released a new report that estimates global hybrid, electric and fuel-cell powered trucks will number 1.66 million by 2027.
A year ago, Navigant was estimating the total by 2026 would be only 332,000 trucks.
The report says the benefits of using alternate energy sources in trucks are undisputed, yet high up-front costs remain prohibitive.
“Nonetheless, manufacturers continue to work toward commercially viable electric trucks, thanks to mounting pressure from governments to reduce pollutants from diesel fuel combustion and tackle greenhouse gas emissions.” – Navigant
“We could see a breakthrough in the adoption of electrified trucks once total cost of ownership benefits can be clearly demonstrated for fleet operators,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research.
“For the next few years, trials and small-scale deployments by major fleets and manufacturers will help clarify potential cost benefits and could set in motion a significant increase in orders for electrified trucks.”
Check out the report here.
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