Will electric trucks work in delivery, dedicated applications?

NACFE turns its focus to electric truck in regional haul applications

Through its extensive work on regional haul and electric trucks, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has determined that regional trucking operations are well suited to be early adopters of electric trucks. It is also a rather large segment of the market with sufficient scale to have a big impact on the industry. As a result, NACFE will be focusing much of its attention on electric trucks in regional haul. Early workstreams include:

• Identifying high-potential regional trucking routes in concert with changes to freight movement;
• Supporting the implementation of initial and future deployments outside of California;
• Scaling best practices in infrastructure development for fleets and communities; and
• Increasing confidence in the value of electrification.


Specific activities for 2020 will include data analysis, interviews with key stakeholders, collaboration workshops and publishing findings in order to share learnings with all interested stakeholders. This work will build on NACFE’s existing work in this area, including Run on Less Regional, its thought-leadership piece on regional haul, and its Guidance Report series on electric trucks.

Electric trucks continue to dominate headlines. Click here to peruse all of our electrification coverage.

“Our research has shown us that regional haul is an important segment of the trucking industry and also one that makes sense for electrification, given its short-haul nature and return-to-base operation,” said Mike Roeth, NACFE executive director.


“We are embarking on a three-year project to gain a better understanding of how commercial battery electric vehicles will best fit into the regional haul market,” he added. NACFE is being aided in its efforts by funding from Hewlett Foundation, a nonprofit, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world; and ClimateWorks Foundation, a non-governmental organization that is committed to climate action.

This is just one of a host of announcements made at TMC 2020. Click here to read all of our coverage.

“We are very excited to be working with these groups and getting their support validates that we are on the right path with our planned efforts in the short-term to help the fleets make the most of the opportunities with electric tractors,” Roeth said.

“We believe that NACFE can help demonstrate how electric vehicles can have an impact in regional haul trucking, which account for a significant portion of trucking operations,” said Rob Reich, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, Schneider. “We look forward to hearing about what they learn through their collaborative efforts with industry, utilities and others.”

You May Also Like

REE unveils new design of electric truck platform

The new P7-S uses P7 REEcorners, making it a full by-wire chassis, and is designed to allow design flexibility for fleets and body builders.


REE Automotive Ltd. revealed the next generation of its P7-S stripped chassis at ACT Expo in Las Vegas. The company says the Class 5 chassis was created in collaboration with a leading delivery fleet (which they did not name), and was designed to increase delivery efficiencies and improve fleet management. Customer delivery of the first next-gen P7-S demo will take place in June.

Penske Truck Leasing to offer REE Automotive’s P7-C electric trucks

REE’e electric trucks were developed in partnership with Wabash to be upfit ready.

Merchants Fleet hires new regional sales manager

Merchants Fleet is expanding its truck and van rental division to help North American clients who struggling with supply chain complexities.

Akebono releases 14 new severe-duty brake pads

The new kits are for vehicles from Ford, Ram, Chrysler, GMC and Nissan, which expands Akebono’s coverage by roughly 11 million vehicles.

Isuzu announces new battery EV medium-duty truck with Accelera powertrain

The companies are planning availability of the new Class 6/7 truck in 2026.


Other Posts

Daimler Buses, BMZ Poland drive zero-emission EU bus transport

BMZ Poland expects the next generation NMC4 battery to combine high energy density with an ultra-long cycle life.

Peterbilt’s largest EV order comes from Einride

Einride placed an order for 150 Model 579EVs, which Peterbilt says is their largest U.S. EV order to date.

BAE Systems, Eaton test electric commercial truck drive technology

Testing occurred at Eaton’s proving grounds in Marshall, Mich., on a Class 7 demonstration vehicle.

PepsiCo picks Tesla, Ford for California EV fleet

PBNA ordered 50 Class 8 Tesla Semi trucks, 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans to more than triple size of its EV fleet.