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Frugal fleets: electric trucks to outprice diesel sooner than expected

An electric truck drives on an American highway.

E-trucks are exceeding all adoption forecasts and will soon surpass their diesel counterparts. But is the industry prepared for this shift?

When electric trucks first hit the market, many experts believed it would take decades for them to become price-competitive with diesel trucks. However, adoption rates in the transportation and logistics industry are rapidly altering these predictions. Bloomberg now forecasts that electric truck sales will exceed diesel truck sales by 2030, much sooner than initially anticipated.

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Low maintenance

One of the main reasons for this shift is quite simple. Electric trucks have fewer moving parts than diesel ones, which means they need less maintenance and fewer repairs. They also have a longer lifespan thanks to a lack of an internal combustion engine, which means less wear and tear and a longer vehicle lifespan. All this translates to a better return on investment, making electric trucks an attractive option for long-term fleet managers.

But there's another big advantage e-trucks run on.

Improvements in battery efficiency in recent years helped lower the overall cost of electric trucks. According to Bloomberg, advancements in lithium-ion batteries have increased energy density, allowing trucks to travel longer distances on a single charge. This reduces the need for frequent charging stops, making electric trucks more convenient and cost-effective.

A truck travels on a highway at sunrise.

Affordable, not cheap

Electric trucks are also becoming cheaper to buy. The New York Times reports that a combination of more advanced battery technology and increased manufacturing scale are making electric vehicles more affordable. And with more people and businesses prioritizing environmental sustainability, the demand for electric trucks is speeding up adoption and pushing electric trucks to outprice diesel models sooner than expected. Plus, it's not just the consumers who want greener transportation.

Regulations are also pushing the adoption of electric vehicles. Governments around the world are setting stricter emissions standards, forcing businesses to choose cleaner transportation options. Electric trucks with zero emissions, are a natural fit to meet these regulations, further driving their market growth. Add automation and advanced robotics into the equation and what you get are streamlined production lines, lowered labor costs and better efficiency. As a result, the production of high-quality electric trucks can operate at lower costs.

An electric truck docked at an EV charge station.

Charge me up

Fast-charging infrastructure is expanding, enabling electric trucks to recharge faster and get back on the road fairly quickly. This reduces downtime, increases the likelihood of successful deliveries and simplifies scheduling. Win-win for fleet managers who are looking to make customers happier while saving costs.

Governmental institutions seem to be in favor too, providing incentives and subsidies that facilitate e-truck adoption. Many countries offer tax credits, rebates and grants to encourage the use of electric vehicles. For instance, the U.S. federal government provides substantial tax credits for electric truck purchases, making them more affordable for businesses and consumers.

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Routes to success

Location technology helps make electric trucks even more efficient. Advanced GPS systems and route optimization software allow fleet operators to plan the most efficient routes, cutting travel time and energy use. This ensures that electric trucks can travel more with less energy, making them suitable for long-haul transportation.

Real-time tracking is another asset that adds to the operational efficiency of electric trucks. Fleet operators can monitor vehicle performance, battery levels and charging stations in real time, clearing the way for smarter and faster decisions. This data helps minimize downtime and keeps electric trucks running efficiently.

Setting and honoring reliable delivery ETAs also improves the customer experience. Businesses can provide accurate delivery times and real-time updates, enhancing transparency and reliability. This leads to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty while solidifying the case for more electric fleets on the road.

No sign of slowing down

As battery costs decrease and production becomes more efficient, electric trucks are becoming a more viable option for many businesses. And the trend is built to last. Electric trucks are in the fast lane to becoming an eco-friendly and economically smart choice for fleet operators, making fleet management greener, cheaper and more efficient.

Maja Stefanovic

Maja Stefanovic

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