The trucking industry seems like the perfect transportation sector to be electrified. Despite comprising only a tiny percentage of the national delivery and freight fleet, EV truck drivers love working with their vehicles. However, the move isn’t universally desirable for employers who have to cover the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle fleet and installing charging infrastructure.
The biggest selling points of electrification for drivers are quietness and smooth operation. It’s a workplace where they spend hours at a time behind the wheel of a large, lumbering machine. The Washington Post interviewed several EV truck drivers and none of them want to return to internal combustion at work:
Shipping companies are far more hesitant to place orders for more electric trucks. An IMC executive told the newspaper that electric trucks are limited to routes shorter than 25 miles from port to a warehouse because of reliability concerns. IMC claims the lack of qualified technicians means a problem with an EV truck could have it out of service for three weeks, necessitating the use of a replacement truck.
The push for electrification in the sector will likely require more enticing government incentives along with the praise of current drivers. Be sure to read the entire article here.
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