M.J. Bradley and Associates, an ERM Group company, has released a new report evaluating the U.S. medium- and heavy-duty in-use truck fleet to identify the most common vehicle types/uses, estimate the environmental impact of each, and assess near-term readiness for greater adoption of electric vehicles based on typical usage patterns and market status. The report evaluates a diverse group of vehicles, ranging from heavy-duty pickups and vans to transit and school buses, freight and work trucks, and tractor-trailers. Most of these vehicles are used commercially, rather than for personal transportation.
The analysis focuses on prospects for electric vehicle penetration because all scenarios for avoidance of detrimental future climate warming point to the need for significant reductions in emissions from the transportation system, coupled with further decarbonization of the electric sector.
The report was developed for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).