New study shows more than 140K electric trucks on order in U.S.

CALSTART zero-emission truck acceptance rates

CALSTART has published a new report inventorying the status of Class 2b to Class 8 zero-emission trucks in the U.S.

The report provides insight on ZET market trends as the industry prepares for an injection of federal funding for charging infrastructure, multiple states implement clean truck regulations, and California prepares to release an additional $873 million in purchase incentives for commercial vehicles and infrastructure.

While CALSTART's data indicates there are currently only 1,215 zero-emission trucks deployed in the U.S., the firm says more than 140,000 have been ordered and will be delivered in the next 1-10 years.

"The actual number of deployed vehicles is still quite low, and we do expect to see shifts in delivery dates and actual delivery of those on order as the market players continue to evolve," says Kevin Walkowicz, senior director of truck programs, CALSTART. "The numbers demonstrate there is demand that will support significant growth in the industry. CALSTART will continue to track and monitor these developments so the industry and decision-makers have access to the trending numbers."

Current ZET deployments are concentrated in states that have supportive policies and regulations (California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois) or have received federal funds for ZET purchases (Texas, Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Massachusetts). Additionally, CALSTART says its report notes that medium-duty trucks, cargo vans, and medium-duty step vans are the most frequent type of ZET deployed, accounting for 75 percent of vehicles deployed as of 2021.

Other insights captured in the "Zeroing in on Zero-Emission Trucks" is the growing prevalence of zero-emission truck models, up 625 percent since 2019, and the low percentage of zero-emission marketshare captured to date by hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

CALSTART adds its report is based on data gathered from several sources, including market information providers, incentive program records, public press releases, and private correspondence with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). As there is no centralized accounting of zero-emission trucks, the company says it is important to note that figures contained in the report should not be considered static.

To download the full report, please CLICK HERE.

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