Last week in a television interview, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry, and President Biden’s U.S. special envoy for climate, definitively told CBS News’ Ben Tracy that we have nine years left to avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Nine years.
Some who agree wholeheartedly with his timeline advocate for nothing less than the immediate wholesale electrification of every aspect of the transportation sector in order to reduce its global emission impact. The problem? Battery-electric heavy-duty trucks have not reached high enough volumes for mass commercial use.
There is a buzz around electric trucks, and Wall Street has responded to it. But most currently available options are light- and medium-duty, which make them preferably suited for short routes or last-mile delivery.