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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: ATRI Finds Very Low Use of Alternatve Fuels by Use Carriers


With a Small Number of Exceptions, Adoption is at Very Low Levels


Aug. 25,  2022



What's the level of adoption of alternative fuel trucks in US freight carriers?


Not very much, according to new research from the American Research Institute (ATRI), a part of its annuall analysis of what it costs to operate a truck in the the US. (See What does it Cost to Operate a Truck in the US?)


As seen in the graphic low from the report, alternative fuel usage is very low:



Source: ATRI


Only 7% of respondents used some form of alternative fuel in at least one truck in 2021. Of all alternative fuel types, compressed natural gas (CNG) has the highest adoption rate: 5.9% of respondents had at least one CNG-fueled truck.


The report also noted that the level of alternative fuel adoption remains limited; most fleets that use alternative fuels in the chart do so only in a very small number of trucks. For example, while there is increased focus on battery electric vehicles, only 0.048% of all trucks in this year’s data were battery electric.


And 96% of all sampled trucks using alternative fuels belong to just three fleet respondents.


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