by Leon Mengri
September 18, 2017
In the highly competitive trucking industry, fleet operators seek to increase fuel efficiency as a means to reduce operating costs. In addition, regulations are prompting medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) vehicle manufactures to increase investments in technologies that can to boost fuel economy and limit emissions.
MD/HD vehicle manufacturers are expanding fuel efficiency through the use of lightweight components and aerodynamic designs. For instance, in September 2016, Daimler unveiled its model year 2018 Freightliner Cascadia, which it claims is up to 8% more fuel efficient than its older Freightliner Cascadia Evolution truck, thanks to advances in aerodynamics and powertrain components. Similarly, Navistar emphasizes the fuel efficiency of its International ProStar ES truck resulting from its superior aerodynamics and optimized drivetrain.
Suppliers are investing in technologies that improve diesel engines, but are also offering alternatives, including compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines and electric and hybrid powertrains. For instance, Paccar's Peterbilt Model 520 refuse truck is available with CNG or LNG engines, as well as diesel. In addition, the company unveiled a Model 520 truck demo with a battery-electric drive system in May 2017. New Flyer Industries’ Xcelsior bus is offered with diesel, hybrid, CNG, and electric engine options.
Industry participants believe MD/HD vehicles such as city delivery trucks and refuse trucks are a key target for electrification because they return to a central depot on a daily basis where re-charging can occur. As an example, a number of companies already offer electric buses for municipal transport applications. However, a major technological trend into the 2020s is the expected increase in the number of MD/HD electric truck models as battery technology continue to improve. For example:
For more insights into the global MD/HD vehicle industry, see Global Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicles, a report published by the Freedonia Focus Reports division of the Freedonia Group. This report forecasts global sales, production, and park in 2021 for MD/HD vehicles by global region in units. Regions include:
In addition, for the three main regions, sales, production, and park by major country are forecast to 2021.
To illustrate historical trends, global sales, production, and park by major region are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016. For the three main regions, sales, production, and park by major country are provided for 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2021.
Related Focus Reports include Air Transport Services: United States, Freight by Truck: United States, Freight by Rail: United States, Freight Services: United States, Global Light Vehicles, Medium- & Heavy-Duty Trucks & Buses: United States, Transport Equipment: United States, and Water Transport Services: United States.
Leon Mengri is a Senior Market Research Analyst with Freedonia Focus Reports. He conducts research and writes a variety of Focus Reports, which offer concise overviews of market size, product segmentation, business trends, and more.
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