The trucking industry, once disparaged as a polluter, is changing its image by adopting hybrid-electric propulsion technologies at a quickening rate. Look for a majority of service vehicles to be electric by 2020. R.C.J.
As more and more people migrate to cities, more trucks, buses and delivery vehicles will be needed. At the same time, increasing safety and emission regulations are encouraging the transportation sector to become a smarter and more energy efficient industry. This convergence marks not only a challenge to the trucking industry, but also an opportunity according to presenters at this week's Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF, Oct. 27-29, 2009, Atlanta). There truck-, utility- and military-vehicle makers are showing off their latest hybrid-electric and high-efficiency designs. IBM, the national sponsor of HTUF, will unveil there its road map to a greener, smarter trucking industry in a new study called Truck 2020.