What Commercial Fleet Managers Should Know About the California Clean Air Act
The state of California has passed sweeping climate legislation that will have major impacts on commercial trucking operations. The California Clean Air Act aims to fight climate change by transitioning medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles away from diesel to zero-emission electric vehicles. Fleet managers need to understand these new regulations and how they will affect their business.
The California Clean Air Act
The California Air Resources Board has implemented the Advanced Clean Trucks Regulation which requires manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission vehicles. The goals are for zero-emission truck/van sales to be 40-75% of all sales by 2035, depending on the truck class. There are also reporting requirements for large fleet owners.
How This Affects Business Owners
If you own a fleet with 50 or more trucks that operate in California, you will need to report specified information to the Air Resources Board on your existing fleet operations. This includes data on shuttle services, freight/cargo transport, and more. The state will use this data to inform the zero-emission transition.
What Fleet Managers Should Know
Fleet managers will need to begin transitioning their diesel trucks to battery-electric or hydrogen-fuel-cell electric trucks. Planning ahead is crucial even though the mandates phase in over time. Managers should calculate the total cost of ownership, analyze charging infrastructure needs, and stay on top of available incentive funding to help finance this transition.
Charging Infrastructure Challenges
Building out charging infrastructure to support medium-duty and heavy-duty electric truck fleets presents challenges. Careful planning and grid upgrades will be needed to support fast charging for heavy commercial vehicles. Fleet managers will need to work with utilities and regulators to ensure sufficient charging capacity as electrification mandates ramp up, and make sure that the routes you manage will be able to handle your electric vehicles.
Contact C&M Motors for Commercial Electric Trucks for Lease or Sale
To learn more about purchasing or leasing zero-emission electric trucks to meet regulatory mandates as well as realize fuel and maintenance savings, contact C&M Motors. C&M Motors specializes in battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell trucks tailored to commercial fleet needs from Hino, SEA, and REE. Get in touch today to discuss transitioning your diesel fleet.
We all know by now the reasons for switching to electric commercial trucks over diesel powered ones. Better economy, more torque, less carbon footprint, less regulations etc. Here are 4 slightly less talked about, but equally important advantages of electric over diesel power.
1. Longer Working Hours/Less Noise
Electric trucks are quieter, everybody knows that. But that result of that means they can operate at times when diesel trucks cannot. As it turns out, that has a significant impact on the businesses in congested urban area.
Many cities have restrictions on noise levels during evening hours, which could allow the quieter electric trucks to operate, allowing greater flexibility to the operating company.
2. Efficiency Boost with Regenerative Braking
Edward Jobson, vice president of electromobility at Volvo Trucks, says “The energy efficiency calculation is about comparing the efficiency map of the diesel and losses in the transmission chain with the efficiency of the electric drivetrain and energy recuperation while braking.”
Jobson uses a city trash collection vehicle as an example. It has an average speed of about 12.5 mph and average load of about 15% of its maximum. “The average efficiency of a diesel at this very low-load case is about 20%. The electric drivetrain will have about 80% efficiency at a low-load case. Together with some brake energy recuperation and more efficient auxiliary drives, this will lead to about five times higher efficiency for the electric drive.”
3. Vehicle to Grid Potential
Although this is a much more obscure benefit, it still looms large for the future of electric vehicles, especially commercial trucks. Looking down the road, commercial electric trucks could become energy storage units on wheels. After a natural disaster like a hurricane, flood, or forest fire, the large batteries in electric trucks could power local minigrids providing crucial electrical power to hospitals and first responders.
There’s another aspect to consider with all that stored energy available. The is concept is similar to when you have solar panels and battery storage at your home. “Today, fleets just think of themselves as consumers of fuel, which they’re buying often in bulk. They’ve perhaps never thought of their fuel as a resource that they could trade,” says Stephen Voller, CEO of Zap&Go.
“If you had a fleet of large electric vehicles, say 100 trucks each with 1 Megawatt hour of stored energy, that’s 100 Megawatt hours of energy you’d have available. When it comes to it, you could trade that energy to the highest bidder.” Fleets essentially could become energy commodity traders, he says.
4. Can You Say Solar?
If you are operating a diesel truck, there is only one way to get fuel — find a pump. If you are driving an electric truck, you have a potential source of extra energy all around — sunshine. There are no companies covering all those semi-trailers out there with solar panels. The electricity they generate can be used to add range to the tractor, of course, but it can also be used to power refrigeration equipment.
Electric trucks with electrically cooled reefer trailers don’t need to idle for long periods of time to keep their load cold and can drive indoors without poisoning everybody with exhaust fumes. They can also operate in low pollution zones that ban diesel engines during certain hours of the day or during air quality alerts.
C&M Motors Offers Efficient Electric Commercial Truck Options
C&M Motors has partnered with SEA Electric to power our line-up of Hino trucks. See details at SEA Electric Commercial Trucks | C&M Motors NationaLease San Diego (cmmotorsinc.com) and feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to helping you make the switch to cleaner, more powerful, and efficient electric commercial trucks.
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