Fe On The Road - Trucking Sustainability Boom

Fleets in the U.S. interested in reducing carbon emissions now have a ton of fuel options on the table, all in the name of sustainability. But why is this? Why now? Well, it’s a variety of factors, including Increased regulation and government incentives are pushing toward an increase in renewable fuel and emissions reduction. Politics aside, we should all expect renewable fuel and reduced emissions to remain in the spotlight and just be prepared for changes in legislation, product usage and possible incentives throughout the supply chain. If you have a big interest in electrification, by the way, check out NACFE’s results of its real-world study of 13 electric trucks delivering freight across North America. The most recent results found that if all U.S. and Canadian medium- and heavy-duty trucks became electric, about 100 million metric tons of CO2 would be saved from going into the atmosphere. Known as Run on Less–Electric, the study concluded earlier this year after monitoring several electric trucks for three weeks. The trucks followed their regular routes delivering beer, wine, packages, electrical equipment, and more. And, the study shows that there are certain trucking segments that are definitely ready to be electrified, including the van/step van, medium-duty box truck, terminal tractor and short heavy tractor regional delivery segments. We have a link to that study in the description below. The thing is that interest in electrification continues to grow, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. 2021 has shown that it’s going to take a mix of energy conversion technologies using diverse carbon neutral and renewable energy sources – battery electric, hydrogen, biodiesel, and even more efficient uses for diesel included. That’s why drop-in solutions like biodiesel and renewable diesel — and a blend of the two — are likely worth your attention.