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LONG BEACH, CA – Public use of clean fuels and advanced vehicle technologies is advancing rapidly, according to a recent survey of 250 public, private and municipal fleets. But industry experts added that many thorny issues remain.
Gladstein, Niandros & Co. conducted the assessment in their third Brief Report on the State of the Sustainable Fleets Market.
Fleets cited their move toward environmental sustainability and carbon reduction, and the need to find more cost-effective transportation options given today’s record gasoline and diesel fuel prices.
The Government of National Accord discussed the report at the Advanced Clean Transport Exhibition (ACT), an annual four-day event that it organized from May 9-12. This year, the event drew record crowds; 8000 vs 5000 were registered in the 2021 event.
It was the 11th ACT GNA Exposition, which bypassed its original presence at the Long Beach Convention Center. In 2023, it will move 15 miles down the road to the greater Anaheim Convention Center, Eric Niandros, CEO of the Government of National Accord, said at the session discussing the report.
The report also pointed to the accelerating impact of record-breaking government funding and legislative support at the state and federal levels. Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts have adopted rules based on California laws that require truck makers to sell increasing numbers of zero-emissions trucks.
The Government of National Accord has indicated that public market incentives for clean fuels and vehicles will increase to $20 billion annually across more than 230 programs over the next few years, nearly seven times more than the $3 billion average previously.
While battery-electric cars are “highly prevalent” – with 1,000 Series 8 cars funded and production started – among the report’s other findings, Niandros said:
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• Straight-line trucks (including waste), Class 8 tractors and buses are the dominant segments driving CNG vehicle sales. Most fleets that have tried or purchased CNG trucks in the past two years report equal or better performance in terms of emissions (96% of fleets), noise (87%), fuel supply (67%) and total cost of ownership (57%) compared to diesel.
• Renewable diesel production capacity increased from 600 million to 800 million gallons per year between late 2020 and mid-2025. By 2025, US production capacity is expected to exceed 5 billion gallons per year. The annual survey finds that adoption of renewable diesel is highest among state fleets, with half of state, county or municipal fleets reporting the use of renewable diesel.
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• Propane fuel is easy and affordable at a cost of less than $2 per gallon, according to the report. Four states — California, Florida, Michigan and Texas — accounted for about 30% of the national demand for propane vehicle fuel. Propane-powered trucks are often used by state, county, and municipal fleets.
• Hydrogen cars loom as larger grant-funded demonstrations begin now. The report found that total purchases of heavy hydrogen vehicles in the United States were just under 150 orders in 2021.
He appeared with Neandross three industry executives who noted that the process of achieving zero emissions remained complex.
“every year [GNA] The report is released, and we hope it tells us what to do, like “Here’s the fuel of the future,” said Marie Oddemberg, general manager of product strategy and market development at Daimler Truck North America. “What is the easy button for me? We obviously don’t do the easy button yet.”
In terms of achieving the scale and timing needed that can expand infrastructure, zero-emission fuels and technologies to bring fleets into the Holy Grail at a reasonable total cost of ownership compared to diesel, “it’s very hard to think of one [sudden] Axis. What you’ll likely see is a thousand small pivot points, said Carlos Maurer, executive vice president, sectors and decarbonization at Shell.
He added that consistent mandates and policies to reach net zero emissions are always beneficial to long-term success, but they must be synchronized.
“In the new world, in the energy transition, you now basically go from one or two raw materials to basically dozens,” Maurer said, “each of them having their own regulatory framework.”
Another fact is, “If you’re running a fleet today, it’s going to be a battle every day,” said Drew Cullen, senior vice president of fuel and utility services at Penske Transportation Solutions.
Fleets face higher costs for drivers, diesel fuel, trailers and trucks, and potential mandates for truck makers to sell them cleaner equipment.
“So it’s really hard [for some] To start thinking about a rule that will come into force in two years [to cut levels of nitrogen oxides further]Colin said, though, building momentum.
A growing number of others, the GNA report emphasized, are already accepting their role in this energy transition.