Regulators, fleets and OEMs moved closer toward widespread adoption of electric trucks in 2020, yet there are still hurdles to clear.
In a Samsara survey published in May of 300 fleet managers, 90% said electric vehicles were the "inevitable future of commercial fleets." It looks like that will come to fruition, at least in California.
In June, the California Air Resources Board passed the Advanced Clean Trucks Act, which mandates that by 2045, every new truck sold in the state must be a zero-emissions vehicle. Other states set the stage to follow along with similar initiatives.
But none of this can occur if OEMs don't bring economically viable options to market. Though some announced new models and partnerships in 2020, others hit snags. The Tesla Semi continued to by stymied by challenges in battery production. And Nikola had a tumultuous year, after the exit of its founder and a rocky start to a partnership with GM.
Take a look at the collection of stories below to read about the regulatory changes, fleet perspectives and OEM headlines that, for the most part, moved the industry toward EVs in 2020.