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Assessing the potential for a transition to electrified medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S.

2020
Bits & Watts Initiative

PI: InĂªs Azevedo, Energy Resources Engineering
External collaborators: Fan Tong, (LBNL), Corinne Scown (LBNL), Max Auffhammer (UC Berkeley)

In the U.S. a large proportion of the emissions from the transportation sector comes from medium and heavy-duty vehicles. In particular, heavy-duty long-haul freight is challenging to electrify due to the cost of electrified fleets versus using conventional trucks, weight restrictions, range requirements, and the need for fast charging infrastructure across the country. With this project Azevedo and collaborators will estimate life cycle monetized damages due to greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutant emissions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles under different degrees of electrification in the United States. Different types of policy mechanisms, incentives, and infrastructure investments needed to deploy electrified medium and heavy-duty vehicles under current and future grid scenarios will be assessed. These analyses will be done in the context of current and future grid scenarios.