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The State of Sustainable Fleets is the first technology-neutral, comprehensive industry report that examines the current state of leading fuel and vehicle technologies across nine medium- and heavy-duty sectors, while analyzing the trends shaping the future of the industry.

  • Long Haul (HD)
  • Short Haul (HD)
  • Long & Short Haul (HD)
  • Refuse
  • Transit
  • School Bus
  • Municipal/Shuttle
  • Urban Delivery
  • Utility

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Key Findings

Sustainable Fleets Are Growing

Sustainable vehicle and fuel use is growing across all categories of medium- and heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles: natural gas, propane, battery electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Sustainable Technology More Than a Trend

98% of fleets surveyed currently using sustainable technology expect to continue at the same level or increase their use of these vehicles and fuels.

Sustainability a Top Fleet Motivator

Sustainability is the top motivator for purchasing decisions among early adopter public, private, and even for-hire fleets in deploying clean vehicle technologies.

Renewable Fuels Can Perform

Fleets confirm there is no performance loss when switching to most renewable fuels—diesel, natural gas, and electricity—and would use more when it is a cost-neutral, drop-in replacement.

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About the Report

The State of Sustainable Fleets report gathers real-world data directly from early-adopter fleets across the U.S. to provide deep sector-specific insights into the adoption of natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, against a baseline of diesel and gasoline vehicles. The analysis includes public, private, and for-hire fleets, including school, municipal/shuttle, urban delivery, refuse, utility, transit, short-haul, and long-haul sectors. This first-of-its-kind report includes unique insights into vehicle sale trends, anticipated vehicle development timelines, real-world infrastructure and fuel costs, and the growing adoption of renewable fuels.

The on-road transportation industry is at a pivotal moment.

Key factors and major market forces are aligning to make this a critical time for the future of the industry.

Emissions on the Rise

With global greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming pollutants continuing to rise, the industry is under growing pressure to rapidly adopt and deploy clean vehicle technologies.

Competing Technologies Emerging

Multiple promising vehicle technologies are emerging simultaneously, with more industry investment fueling innovation than ever before.

Mounting Sustainability Pressures

Globally, private companies and public regulators are stepping up to set ambitious sustainability goals and putting aggressive strategies in place to meet them.

Pace of Technology Quickening

After decades of research and development, the industry is moving from pilot projects to deployments of new technologies in real-world applications across sectors.

Determining a Path Forward

On-road fleets are weighing their options to determine which zero and near-zero emission vehicles can meet their operational needs—today and well into the future.