The State of Sustainable Fleets report gathers real-world data directly from early-adopter fleets across the US to provide deep sector-specific insights into the adoption of natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, against a baseline of diesel and gasoline vehicles. The analysis includes public, private, and for-hire fleets, including school, municipal/shuttle, urban delivery, refuse, utility, transit, short-haul, and long-haul sectors. Key findings include:
Growth of Clean Technologies Continues
- The growth of clean technologies continued with an increase in fleet orders and deliveries for natural gas and battery-electric vehicles as well as for lower carbon renewable fuels.
- 83% of surveyed early adopter fleets indicate they plan to increase their use of clean vehicle technologies in the coming years.
Clean Fuels Can Outperform in Many Fleet Sectors
- Fleets report superior total cost of ownership and fuel costs savings when operating on the mature technologies of compressed natural gas in the refuse, transit, and dedicated heavy-duty sectors and propane in the school, paratransit, and urban delivery sectors.
Battery Electric Vehicles are 3-5 Years Away from Becoming a Leading Clean Fleet Technology & Big Investments are Flowing for a Fuel Cell Future
- Commitments by several large fleets will require vehicle deployments in the tens of thousands per year. While vehicle costs remain high for this developing technology and OEMs are just beginning to enter serial production, investment to build this market is already enormous and growing.
- Fuel producers and vehicle makers continued investing hundreds of millions globally towards billions of dollars committed to build a foundation for fuel cells, doubling the number of models coming to market, mostly for transit and Class 8 tractors.
- Two powerful drivers, policy mandates and ambitious sustainability goals, are creating demand for all clean technologies in the fleet market and will continue to drive growth.
The full report is available here.
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