MIT Study: Electric Trucks Can Reduce Commercial Fleet Costs

Nissan e-NT 400 electric truck - February 9, 2012

A study by MIT’s Cen­ter for Trans­porta­tion and Logis­tics found that using elec­tric trucks for urban com­mer­cial fleets can cost 9% to 12% less to oper­ate than diesel-pow­ered trucks when used to make deliv­er­ies on a dai­ly basis in large cities. Researchers also looked at the pos­si­bil­i­ty of the trucks as part of a vehi­cle-to-grid sys­tem, where bat­ter­ies could be plugged into the elec­tric grid for 12 hours each night as an addi­tion­al elec­tric­i­ty source for con­sumers. Truck own­ers would receive com­pen­sa­tion from util­i­ty firms for pro­vid­ing the pow­er ser­vice.