An Inside Look at the Future of Trucking

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Everyone has seen this at some point in the past. There is a big rig that is taking a metal shipping container from a port facility or a rail yard to a new location. Now, this has a new twist. Some of these shipping behemoths are able to do this job without contributing greenhouse gases to climate change. During the past few years, there has been a major push to come up with green ways to transform this industry. Now, it appears that some of the biggest trucks in the world are able to do their jobs without leading to carbon emissions. In some ways, this could be the future of trucking.

Shipping Containers Come from the West Coast

For the warehousing industry, two of the biggest ports are the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. They sit right next to each other and between the two of them, they control nearly 40 percent of the shipping containers, as many of them enter the United States through this port. In many cases, these shipping containers are packed with goods and products that are destined for businesses and homes across the country. There are stops they pass through along the way including distribution centers and fulfillment centers.

There are important equity implications that these shipping containers have. A recent report showed the freight movement contributes to nearly 42 percent of all NOx emissions that are present in the South Coast Air Basin. Clearly, this is a major concern and something had to be done about it. When this is combined with the fact that heavy-duty trucks in these ports are the single largest source of these emissions, the industry had to make a shift.

Zero Emission Drayage Trucks Are in Business

Today, there are a number of fleets that have already sought to make a change. These include both Volvo and Daimler, which are performing well despite their shift in how they produce their power. Without contributing any emissions to the environment, this is clearly a paradigm shift. There is a major connection between EV tech and health benefits. With CA establishing a target of an all zero-emission truck fleet in the drayage industry by 2035, these fleets are getting a head start.

The Public Is Taking Note

Today, customers are smarter than ever before. They are looking for companies that clearly care about the environment. Therefore, in addition to the major environmental benefits that come with reducing emissions, this is also a great way to encourage and foster loyalty among a growing customer base. Companies that show they are dedicated and committed to protecting the environment are more likely to win over more customers and climate. As this technology continues to improve, it is only going to benefit companies more to shift toward trucks that have zero emissions. Already, battery electric drayage trucks have a lower total cost of ownership when compared to natural gas and diesel trucks. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Sep 23 2020

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