A new total cost of ownership (TCO) study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that battery electric and fuel cell electric commercial trucks could be economically competitive with conventional diesel trucks by 2025 in some operating scenarios.  

Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership for Class 8 Tractors and Class 4 Parcel Delivery Trucks compares six leading powertrain technologies to quantify the TCO of different truck options and identify operating scenarios where each technology may have an economic advantage. The powertrains analyzed include conventional diesel, diesel hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, fuel cell electric, and battery all-electric.

This comprehensive comparison across technologies represents significant coordination across the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office and leverages TCO studies developed by other DOE national labs.

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