TRUCK TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2023
RISING FUEL COSTS
Fuel costs will continue to have a massive impact on the trucking industry, as there is no evidence yet indicating fuel prices will drop dramatically in 2023. Trucking companies and fleets will have to continue to weigh the costs between paying more for fuel or investing in long-term solutions like electric, which can ultimately lead to lower maintenance costs. Whether you need consulting on infrastructure and grants or help finding the right charging solutions, having a partner like International Truck can help make the transition to electric as smooth as possible.
Many states and municipalities have focused on lowering truck emissions in order to help meet their sustainability goals. Some have adopted California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations. These strict emissions rules mean that businesses must map out their decarbonization plan to stay in compliance. For example, under the Advanced Clean Trucks Act in California, zero-emission truck/chassis sales would need to be 75% of Class 4–8 straight truck sales, and 40% of truck tractor sales by 2035. What does this mean? Large employers, including retailers, manufacturers, brokers and any fleet of over 50 trucks, will be required to report information about shipments and shuttle services. This information will help identify future strategies to ensure that fleets purchase available zero-emission trucks and place them in service where suitable to meet their needs. From a sales perspective, manufacturers who certify Class 2B–8 chassis or complete vehicles with combustion engines would be required to sell zero-emission trucks as an increasing percentage of their annual California sales from 2024 to 2035. While electrification can help with the decarbonization aspect, many of our customers are wondering if electric vehicles are a sustainable solution. The answer is a resounding yes when it comes to regional trucking right now, but rest assured that on-highway vehicle solutions are also being worked on. Building the electric and charging infrastructure is essential, and one that International Truck is committed to in 2023 and beyond.
Electric vehicles have been the main topic when it comes to evolving technology, but there are other advancements that we’re excited about for 2023 as well. Products like OnCommand Connection have only continued to get more robust as time goes on, giving companies actionable intel on a wide range of data points. This advanced remote diagnostics tool gives you critical insights that help drive greater uptime and reduce total cost of ownership.