The demand for cleaner trucks continues to change how trucks are sold and could boost business for truck dealers and manufacturers.
Drivers, buyers, and local, state, and federal governments are asking tougher questions about emission controls on new trucks. New regulations on truck pollution go into effect every year, driving the need for newer, lower emission models in compliance with legal guidelines. This gives a big boost to manufacturers and dealers, but what what cost to trucking companies?
Producing and driving green vehicles, including big rigs, is good for the environment and preferred by a plurality of the population. However, economists predict that replacing older trucks, while good business in the long-term, has the immediate effect of costing the industry billions of dollars, despite government grants which can help defer many of the costs.
On the other hand, the need for new trucks will pay dividends for manufacturers and dealers. Daimler is introducing a battery-powered truck that eliminates emissions and noise pollution. Tesla will soon unveil an all-electric semi tractor-trailer. And Cummins has debuted an electric Class 7 truck to be sold in the near future. And that’s just a few examples of electric innovations, among all the other ways vehicles can be cleaner than in years past.
Clearly, this remains a complex issue with many sides. What do you think? Is going green with cleaner semis worth it in the long-term? Let us know in the comments below!!