What is FEC?
The Fleet Electrification Coalition (FEC) aims to speed up large-scale e-truck deployment by leveraging the power of demand aggregation. By fostering a strong market for electric trucks, FEC will help drive the transition to sustainable transportation and carbon emissions reduction. Through strategic partnerships, innovative solutions, and targeted advocacy, FEC will empower businesses to make the switch to eTrucks, creating a more sustainable future for all.
This project is run by the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance and co-hosted by CALSTART.
Bridging the gap between supply and demand for eTrucks through sending intelligent market signals.
Ensure roll-out of adequate charging network by supporting public network roll-out sequence development of shared charging concepts and targeted pilots projects
Reduce entry barriers to facilitate electrification of 3rd party carriers fostering strong financing solutions and supporting measures.
The fleet electrification project will consist of 4 workstreams, that aim to achieve concrete, actionable results
The FEC eTruck demand aggregation aims to aggregate the demand for e-Truck for a range of use cases. General aggregation of eTruck demand to send intelligent market signals will be further strengthened by firming up demand towards deployment commitments.
Aggregate data from participating companies to inform developers of public charging infrastructure to support their roll-out strategies and collaboratively develop solutions for shared charging stations.
The financing solutions workstream aims to collaboratively identify and develop innovative financing solutions that lower the entry barriers towards fleet electrification by companies with limited access to capital. The work stream will seek close collaboration with key actors from the financial sector.
The guidance worksream aims to support the uptake of e-Trucks by providing information to support the transition to e-Trucks to those seeking to improve their understanding of electric driving. The guidance work will cover a wide array of topics in support of the transition.
Based on the results of the Demand Aggregation, Charging and Financing workstreams, targeted pilot projects will be developed to bring about real change.
Benefits for shippers
Ability to become a front-runner in sustainability through enabling subcontractors / LSPs in fleet electrification
Benefits for carriers
- Better access to eTrucks and charging
- Easier access to contract incentives and financing mechanisms for SMEs
Benefits for LSPs
- Faster and cheaper electrification of own fleets
- Enabling sub-contractors to electrify through collective access to eTrucks and charging infrastructure
We invite you to participate in our brief survey, which aims to gather valuable information about your e-truck deployment plans. Your responses will help us achieve the following objectives:
- Demonstrate Market Demand for E-Trucks: We will compile aggregated data to illustrate the collective e-truck demand across our network, providing a clear signal to OEMs, infrastructure providers, investors, and other industry partners.
- Guide Charging Infrastructure Development: Insights into e-truck deployment plans will enable us to work with charge point operators and other infrastructure providers to prioritize the placement of charging stations in areas where they are most needed.
- Support Development of new Finance Mechanisms: Survey results will also help us understand the demand for finance mechanisms to accelerate e-truck adoption, and better make the business case to investors to channel finance to e-trucks, as direct financing, leasing business models, etc.
- Establish high-impact pilot projects: Finally, your inputs will help us further shape a range of high-impact collaborative pilot projects that connect shippers, carriers and various other stakeholders to create tangible action towards road freight electrification.
All data collected through this survey will remain confidential. Individual responses will not be shared, and only aggregated data will be used for analysis and reporting purposes.
You can find the survey here
In the ever-evolving landscape of transportation, the significance of robust charging infrastructure for road freight cannot be overstated. Research and guidance in this realm propels us towards cleaner, greener logistics solutions, fostering innovation, reducing environmental impact, and paving the way for a seamlessly connected, electrified road freight industry.
The following publications are designed to help governments and companies improve their charging infrastructure by offering a multitude of approaches:
Co-authored by Smart Freight Centre and Technical University of Denmark
This guide provides information and guidance to companies owning and operating private truck depots and aims at supporting better and more informed decisions on investing in charging solutions.
- Open-source CHALET Tool
Authored by Amazon
CHALET, which stands for Charging Location for Electric Trucks, helps private industry, governments, electricity network operators, and local authorities determine where electric charging points for heavy goods vehicles should be built.
Authored by Sophie Punte, Board of Directors, Smart Freight Centre
Governments and companies need help to translate their commitments into concrete climate action. This Actionable Framework for electric trucks and charging infrastructure helps organize the transition in 10 success factors (‘what’) and 30 steps (‘how’), together with 9 stakeholder groups (‘who’), backed by real-world insights and evidence.
Download the slide deck here for more information
Financing the transition to electric trucks - Framing paper for the start of a dialogue, in collaboration with CALSTART and Government of The Netherlands
News about the Fleet Electrification Coalition
FEC Demand Aggregation
Leading global companies unite to propel electric truck adoption in the United States and Europe and signal demand for 60,000 electric heavy duty trucks by 2030.
At Climate Week NYC 2023, the Fleet Electrification Coalition (FEC) was launched by Smart Freight Centre and CALSTART. This launch was underpinned by the announcement of the signalling for demand for more than 60,000 battery-electric heavy-duty trucks in the United States and Europe by 2030. In an effort to accelerate the deployment of electric trucks and facilitate the deployment of essential charging infrastructure, Smart Freight Centre’s Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance and CALSTART have kickstarted the Fleet Electrification Coalition. The members of the coalition have agreed to work together to establish favorable market conditions for the deployment of battery-electric heavy-duty trucks.
Pinpointing optimal locations for electric charging stations for heavy goods vehicles
Developing public charging infrastructure for e-trucks will be essential for large-scale adoption of e-trucks. To date, available charging infrastructure for e-trucks is negligible, making fleet owners reluctant to accept this important low-carbon solution. Effective and efficient rollout of charging infrastructure will depend on bottom-up input from (potential users), ensuring that charging stations are installed in locations that make the most sense for fleet owners.
In order to create an industry-sourced overview of charging infrastructure , SFBA will build on the CHALET tool developed and made available to the market by Amazon. CHALET is an open-source tool designed to assist multiple stakeholders in pinpointing optimal locations for electric charging stations for heavy goods vehicles across Europe. Smart Freight Centre’s SFBA will be the first to adopt the tool by calling its stakeholders to contribute.
More on SFC electrification projects
Road Freight Electrification Guidance
The Road Freight Electrification Guidance works towards helping fleet owners and freight buyers to better understand where and when electrification should be applied, based on solid research, a tested decision-making approach, and through real-life examples from around the world.
Learn more about the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance
Uniting corporate freight buyers to shift towards zero-emissions freight across all modes of transport in collaboration with their supply chains and partners.Learn more about SFBA