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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: Slow Adopton of Alterative Fuel Trucks

Just a Few Carriers Dominat Limited Deployments


June 27, 2024


The American Transportation Research Institute is fresh out with is annual study on the cost to operate a truck in the US. (See Costs to Operate a Truck Just about Flat in 2023, Annual ATRI Report Finds.)

The report also looks at a variety of operating data. Once again, that includes adoption of alternative energy freight trucks by US carriers, as summarized by the table below from the report:


Source: ATRI


As can be seen, only 12.8% of respondents used some form of alternative fuel in at least one truck in 2023. Of all alternative fuel types, compressed natural gas (CNG) and battery electric have the highest adoption rate, with 7.3% of respondents having at least one of those types of trucks.


But the level of alternative fuel adoption remains limited – and concentrated. Almost all fleets that use alternative fuels do so only in a very small number of trucks, the report says.


What’s more, 95% of all alternative fuel trucks in the sample belong to just four carriers that each operate over 1,000 petroleum diesel-fueled trucks


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