Medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification is a promising and emerging opportunity to reduce emissions, improve health, and save money. EV Hub has a variety of content on electric trucks and buses and this page serves as a summary of all the highlights, including top line statistics on public funding, private investment, and electric utility support for electric trucks and buses.
Statistics shared on this will be updated on a quarterly basis so you’ll always know the latest progress in this sector. This page also shares the latest research and media coverage on trucks and buses to help identify trends and key developments.
This page was last updated on June 10, 2020.
KEY FINDINGS FROM OUR RESEARCH
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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT
Public and private investment in electric trucks and buses is on the rise. See below for key stats on public, private, and utility investments in medium- and heavy-duty electrification through June 2020. The business case for electric buses and trucks is improving and private investment in the sector is increasing. Public funding will remain essential, however, for increased deployment of electric buses and trucks in the near term. Electric utilities will also play a major role in supporting the deployment of electric trucks and buses, primarily through charging infrastructure investment.
VW Settlement awards account for 18% of all public funding for electric trucks and buses
Electric transit buses funding is dominated by the Federal Low or No Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No), which accounts for 65% of the funding for this vehicle category.
Electric school buses saw the most dramatic growth in funding in 2019, increasing from $23 million at the end of 2018 to $175 million
Public Funding in Electric Trucks in Buses (million $)
This chart draws on data from the Public Funding Dashboard. Units are represented in million dollars.
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Global Private Investment
Private investment announcements in electric trucks quadrupled between 2017 and 2018 with commitments worth more than $4 billion.
Electric trucks lead other vehicle categories in terms of announced investment, accounting for at least 60% of the private funding recorded in the EV Hub.
A $700 million investment in Rivian made by Amazon was the largest investment announced in 2019 and accounted for more than half of the year’s commitments
Global Private Investment in Electric Trucks and Buses
This chart draws on data from the Global Private Investment Dashboard. This includes funding outside of the United States.
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Electric Utility Investment
Electric utility programs with a focus on electric truck and bus electrification have an 83% approval rating.
Almost 98% of all approved investment in electric trucks and buses comes from three major California utilities: Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric.
Of the three major vehicle categories, electric utilities are investing more the most money in electric trucks. The estimated funding breakdown is as follows:
- Electric transit buses: $169 million
- Electric school buses: $60 million
- Electric trucks: $220 million
These data draws from the Electric Utility Filings Dashboard. The numbers above reflect programs with an electric bus and truck focus only.