Electrification Coalition launches freight vehicle working group
23 September 2022
The Electrification Coalition (EC) launched the Electric Freight Consortium (EFC), a forum for collaboration between the EC, private-sector partners and industry leaders representing a broad cross-section of the freight transportation sector that will accelerate freight electrification at scale.
The EFC will complement its freight policy and pilot work by creating a new program that brings together the full fright ecosystem—shippers, carriers, retailers and electric vehicles (EV) supply chain companies—to exchange strategies, gain knowledge and engage in actions that will support the development and deployment of electrified freight vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
The EFC builds upon the EC’s commercial freight and goods delivery electrification pilot program. Through the pilot program, the EC convened local partners and stakeholders to identify pilot project opportunities, plan implementation, diagnose challenges, develop best practices and support successful deployment. The initial motivation for the EFC arose from the pilot programs which revealed a need for a collaborative working group to address the challenges associated with freight electrification and develop business-to-business and peer-to-peer exchanges that would help to reduce the barriers to early-stage freight electrification.
EFC members will participate in and help shape working groups to facilitate detailed discussion on topics central to freight electrification deployment strategy such as policy, infrastructure, market development and more, all while leveraging the EC’s experience in policy action and EV deployment.
The EFC will work with the EC to realize the benefits of freight electrification. While medium- and heavy-duty vehicles represented only 6% of vehicles registered in 2018, they were responsible for 26% of the US transportation sector’s petroleum consumption and 23% of the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Electrification of freight operations reduces dependence on oil, makes fuel costs lower and more predictable, mitigates harmful tailpipe emissions and improves air quality in historically disadvantaged communities.
EFC participants span the entire freight electrification space, including shippers, carriers, retailers, OEMs and freight EV supply chain providers. The consortium is thus positioned to identify and advocate for a comprehensive breadth and depth of strategies to support and scale freight electrification across the United States.
The EFC continues to recruit partners on a rolling basis. The EFC’s founding roster includes 16 industry leaders supportive of freight electrification: