The Current and Future Performance and Costs of Battery Electric Trucks

There has been considerable research in the past 2-3 years on the viability, performance and cost of battery electric trucks (BETs). Various estimates have been made of key attributes (vehicle price, weight, payload, range, operating and energy costs), for trucks operating in a range of applications. Depending on the specific estimates and the class of truck, various findings are possible, from BETs being highly cost effective vs diesel, to being relatively non-cost-effective; from being quite capable of performing in various conditions and duty cycles, to being inadequate. There is a notable lack of agreement in certain key areas such weight/payload compromises and real-world driving range. This white paper will review the key literature and estimates (including those of the research group and others), attempt to understand the reason for differences and resolve these, undertake sensitivity analysis and a “final” robust analysis with conclusions about the best applications of BETs and where they may be very challenged to replace diesels. The research team will consider a range of truck types and both near term (e.g. 2020-23) and long term (e.g. 2030-35) sets of estimates. The results will help policy makers in prioritizing how to deploy BETs and the needed policy support.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $36344
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fulton, Lew

    Burke, Andrew

    Miller, Marshall

  • Start Date: 20201001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748616
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 26 2020 1:09PM