December 3, 2020

Electrification Coalition Partners with Nestlé to Electrify Freight Route

New collaboration through the EC’s Freight and Goods Delivery Electrification Project will demonstrate scalable transition to electric trucks

The Electrification Coalition (EC) is proud to announce a new partnership with Nestlé to support the company’s pilot freight electrification plan, beginning with the deployment of electric trucks on a 20-mile short-haul route in Ohio that will serve as a critical public-private pilot program to accelerate electrified freight at scale. Nestlé announced the freight electrification pilot plan today as part of the company’s time-bound, detailed plan to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

In this new partnership, the EC will identify and support Nestlé in the U.S. to establish the freight pilot and consider barriers and policy options to benefit its freight electrification efforts. It will also advocate for other pathways to facilitate the deployment of electrified freight and goods delivery vehicles and EV charging infrastructure. The EC leverages national technical expertise and long-standing relationships within the electric vehicle (EV) industry, utilities, and state and local partners to provide effective planning, deployment, and operation efforts related to electrified freight and goods delivery vehicles and EV charging infrastructure.

The EC’s Freight and Goods Delivery Electrification Project advances the electrification of the freight industry in the United States through pilot programs and policies that will help accelerate the electric transition. The freight sector presents a unique opportunity to realize the widespread benefits of transportation electrification. While medium- and heavy-duty vehicles represented only 6% of vehicles registered in 2018, they were responsible for 26% of U.S. petroleum consumption and 23% of our transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric trucks and other vehicles provide a cost-competitive, domestically powered, and increasingly clean alternative to diesel vehicles.

Recently, the EC issued a report, Electrifying Freight: Pathways to Accelerating the Transition, that identifies solutions and actions that industry stakeholders should take to help speed up the electric future of our freight transportation system.