Accelerating Electric Truck and EV Charging Infrastructure


The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has partnered with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), David Gardiner and Associates (DGA), and Atlas Public Policy to explore the landscape and outlook for electric trucks for freight movement.

This project will assess the market landscape, challenges, and opportunities for electric truck adoption among retailer shippers and their transportation partners.  The project will subsequently develop an independent cost/benefit analysis and total cost of ownership analysis for electric trucks, to help retailer shippers better understand options available to them, or to their transportation providers. After the analysis is complete, there will be an effort to engage retail companies in the United States on the adoption of EV trucks for freight, including development of a roadmap tool for retailer shippers to chart a path forward on evaluating and piloting EV trucks, as appropriate. Given the role retailers already play in expanding passenger EV charging infrastructure, the project will also secondarily catalogue the various development models used for retail co-located EV charging stations.


Many retail businesses are working to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants through corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and emissions reduction programs. These have public health benefits to the local communities and governments which these businesses serve. Several are actively engaged with initiatives like the U.S. EPA SmartWay program, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, and EV 100.

At the same time, EVs are a relatively new technology and many retailers lack access to independent analysis to help them make informed decisions about options to use electric trucks and install EV charging infrastructure. Additionally, many retailers employ a mix of private fleet trucks and outsourced trucking services in their freight operations. Therefore, the business case for electric trucks must include retailers and their third-party carriers.


Initial analyses will be completed by Fall of 2019, and assessment tools will be made available to retailer shippers at that time. Related studies will be published concurrently. Information gathering, research, and preliminary outreach will begin immediately.