Whereas the deployment of electric buses has accelerated, the heavy duty truck market has been lagging behind. This is about to change when series produced electric trucks are rolled out the next few months.
The recently published report from MoZEES shows that user experiences from the first Norwegian pilots with battery-electric buses and trucks have largely been positive. However, there is still a considerable way to go before zero-emission propulsion technologies can become a full-fledged alternative for HDVs.
Although technological progress has so far been larger for busses than for trucks, cost premiums versus ICE vehicles are still high. Other barriers for the phasing in of zero-emission solutions include limitations to driving range and payload, long charging times, and lacking access to public charging infrastructure. Further, financial incentives for HDVs, and particularly trucks, are much weaker compared to incentives for passenger cars. This illustrates the importance of predictable framework conditions and financial incentives to accelerate the phase-in of electric propulsion solutions in the HDV-market.
Part of this work is now also published as an article in World Electric Vehicle Journal. Download the article Experiences from Battery-Electric Truck Users in Norway here.