The transportation industry has advanced in the past decade more than anything it did in history. From the new electric transit buses in big cities to banning of diesel cars from European city centres, we saw a lot of new changes in 2019. Meanwhile, car manufacturers are keen on introducing new electric car models. The biggest issue faced by the heavy-duty fleet electrification previous year was the charging infrastructure. In 2020, we will see a lot of new trends.
More electric truck fleets
The big companies, retailers, and shippers are now investing large amounts of money on electric trucks for beverage routes, quick deliveries, and short-haul distribution. Amazon announced their plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. Other shipping services like UPS, DHL, and FedEx have also bought electric trucks in smaller numbers. This has encouraged bigger automakers to start their production for electric trucks in the coming years.
Sustainable city transportation
Many European cities have already implemented a ban on diesel vehicles for the “green zones”. Similar efforts can be seen in America’s biggest cities in 2020. New York will be the first city in the US to implement congestion pricing for drivers who enter the city centres in Manhattan. London implemented the congestion in 2003, which has helped in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution successfully. Los Angeles has been the most aggressive city in implementing sustainable transportation plans. The city wants all the new cards and city buses to be electric by the end of 2028.
Electric vehicle charging with clean energy
The electric vehicle industry has been growing their spread of EV chargers to make sure that the vehicles are being charged with clean energy. Some of the early adopters like the company Evgo are already implementing plans to power 100% of their charging network with renewable energy. The automakers BMW have partnered with Straus Organic Dairy Farm to install a methane biodigester. This device will convert the methane extracted from local cow waste into renewable electricity. They also have plans to charge their cars with solar power.
New tech company electric shuttle
There are only a handful of companies that are using electric commuter shuttles today, but by the end of 2020, we can see more companies adopting the cleaner commute options. More electric bus models will be available in the coming years, and the tech companies will be pressurized automatically to decarbonize their shuttle fleets. The battery for these electric shuttles will be considerably more efficient compared to the past models. The same plans will be adopted by schools and universities to provide clean commuting options to students. Virginia utility Dominion Energy made the announcement to deploy up to 1,050 electric school buses for the schools in Virginia.