Electric Utility Investment in Truck and Bus Charging (2019)

Electric utilities have two key roles to play in the deployment of electric trucks and buses: investing in charging programs and designing fair electricity rates.

Electric trucks and buses can help tackle climate emissions, reduce diesel pollution, and improve health outcomes in communities burdened by air pollution. However, their widespread deployment requires investing in the infrastructure for charging them.

Utilities can kick-start charging investments and advance the use of electric trucks and buses through several strategies, including the design of electricity rates, direct investments in charging infrastructure, and rebate incentives that encourage the hosts of charging sites to install infrastructure. These recommendations point to how utilities can accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and ensure that utility customers and the electricity grid reap the benefits of infrastructure investments.

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