Sales Of Electric Truck & Buses To Hit 160,000 Annually By 2023

MAR 28 2015 BY STAFF 3

Motive equipped electric garbage truck

Motive equipped electric garbage truck

Penetration rates will remain low, but sales will continue to grow.

That’s according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive vehicle technology, mainly buses and commercial/industrial trucks.

Navigant states:

“All electric power for commercial vehicles has always been a challenge, because of the sheer size of the battery packs required to store and deliver enough energy to drive heavy vehicles over practical distances. As battery technology improves, though, electric hybrid vehicles are now gaining traction in commercial applications where the technology offers significant benefits for drive cycles that involve a lot of city driving in stop-start traffic.”

According to the report, “worldwide sales of electric drive and electric-assisted commercial vehicles are expected to grow from less than 16,000 in 2014 to nearly 160,000 in 2023.”

David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research, states:

“Overall, we expect diesel hybrid drive to remain the most popular of the electrically assisted medium- and heavy-duty vehicle powertrains for the whole of the forecast period. Battery-electric commercial vehicles will also see growth in demand within urban fleets that average low daily mileage.”

As for global penetration for electric trucks and buses, it’s “anticipated to remain low, increasing from 0.4% in 2014 to 2.9% in 2023.”  However, in Japan, penetration is expected to reach 21.2% by 2023.

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3 Comments on "Sales Of Electric Truck & Buses To Hit 160,000 Annually By 2023"

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In october Tesla management was enable to forecast their 2014 4th qtr sales , and now some state what will be the number of electric buses on the roads in … 2023 .
So funny .

No mention of Electric Drive conversions for existing vehicles?

That’s a misleading title and pics for this story. The 160,000 per year sales figure is not just for BEVs, but includes HYBRIDS without a plug. What’s the predicted annual sales figure for BEV trucks and buses? It could be 1,000 BEVs, 2,000 PHEVS, and 157,000 hybrids, or any mix of the above.

InsideEVs, when did this site start counting hybrids without a plug as EVs?