While this may have been the case a decade ago, electric vehicle (EV) battery technology has come a long way in recent years. Electric school buses now have ranges up to and exceeding 155 miles on a single charge.
That’s much longer than most routes require. In fact, according to a 2013 SAE study, the average school bus route is less than 32 miles, with over 99% of routes being under 78 miles. Electric buses can also be charged mid-day while not on the road as needed.
Modern electric heavy-duty trucks have even more significant range, of up to 250 miles.
While electric trucks don’t fit every single need such as long-haul one-way transportation, they are able to cover short and medium length freight routes very effectively – and considering that more than 43% of all trucking consists of ranges less than 250 miles, there is quite a bit of opportunity for electric trucks today. Finally, as battery technology improves, so will range capabilities in the future.