The Evolution of Medium and Heavy Truck Electrification
Electrification & eMobility Track
Date & Time
Thursday, October 3, 2024, 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
David Daly

As more electric trucks hit the road, the industry will discover unanticipated constraints. Companies planning to electrify their fleets must understand the realities and challenges involved in obtaining needed power and develop strategies to deal with them. In this session a panel of experts will reveal current challenges which include lack of available power that could lead to a two- to-five-year delay in their electrification plans. Utilities’ challenges and delays can be caused by needs to reinforce existing lines and/or build new substations, accurately determining how much capacity is needed, and understanding availability of software to manage charging infrastructure. Fleet owners’ also must consider similar questions related to software along with impacts of extreme hot and cold temperatures on battery life and range, ways to avoid or limit capacity charges from their utilities, cost effectiveness of building charging infrastructure on leased property vs. finding a depot where charging is already available, and availability of time of day rates. In addition to revealing the importance of a strategy, this panel will also discuss the risks fleet owners might encounter when not partnering with the local utility, various charging strategies, and how energy storage might be part of a successful strategy.