Major manufacturers are collaborating to promote the rollout of infrastructure for electric heavy duty vehicles
EXPENSIVE TOLLS Government subsidies can help lower the initial outlay for transport operators to purchase electric trucks before costs are competitive with the diesel-powered incumbents
POWER LINES Charging infrastructure along major transport routes in Europe is lacking, particularly for heavy duty vehicles
KEY QUOTE Within a few years, we will witness a massive shift towards electrified battery driven HDVs and the share of electrified HDVs will grow much faster than what we have expected so far ...
Decarbonisation of haulage fleets within cities and on highways is reaching a tipping point as technology improves
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