Why switch to electric fridges now?
There are two compelling reasons to integrate Zero Emission Fully Electric TRUs (eTRUs) into your fleet as soon as possible: economical and environmental.
First of all, the economy. There are currently federal and state government incentive programs that will cover up to 50% of the cost of new TRU electric trailers. This funding was created to promote industry acceptance of eTRU’s zero-emission technology, but will only be funded for a few years.
ETRUs also offer fleets lower operating costs. The savings are due to the elimination of diesel fuel and reduced maintenance of the TRU. Electric refrigeration units also have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years compared to 5 to 7 years for diesel units.
Second, government environmental and emission reduction regulations are here to stay. While California may lead the country in environmental regulations, some cities and states across the country are following suit – both with penalties for CO2 emissions and attractive incentive programs. Today, states on the opposite coast, such as New Jersey and Florida, also offer incentives for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles and eTRUs, including grants, rebates, credits from tax and even loans.
For some, helping the environment is enough. For others, the math makes the transition from diesel TRUs to electric TRUs a no-brainer. So let’s take a look at diesel TCO (total cost of ownership) versus electric TCO.
Initially, early adopters can see significant financial benefits when purchasing the eTRU trailer. DERA, the federal government’s diesel emissions reduction program, offers a 45% rebate for new fully electric trailers.
For fleets operating primarily in California, the California Air Resources Board’s CORE program offers up to $ 65,000 in incentives for clean equipment, plus $ 3,000 per load. California is also offering up to 50% rebate for new all-electric TRUs and trailers through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.
Aside from the incentives, the operating cost savings provided by eTRUs are indisputable and easy to calculate.
For example, suppose your diesel TRU has 2,000 annual operating hours and its diesel fuel consumption is 0.8 gallons per hour. This equates to 1,600 gallons of diesel per year. Suppose diesel is $ 3.98 per gallon (California diesel is currently $ 4.75). Your annual TRU diesel fuel costs would be $ 6,368, while the fuel cost of an all-electric TRU is zero.
Now let’s add the maintenance costs of the diesel TRU to the equation. We will be careful and assume that the maintenance costs of the diesel TRU are only double that of an electric TRU. Assuming a cost of $ 1.50 per hour and 2,000 hours of operation, a diesel TRU would cost $ 3,000 per year to maintain (excluding downtime). Based on its simpler design, an all-electric TRU would cost just $ 1,500 per year.
So, based on this scenario, the total annual savings per TRU trailer would be $ 7,868, not including the incentives.
October 13e, CALSTART invited eNow and XL Fleet to address “total cost of ownership” – the costs, savings and incentives for electric TRUs versus diesel refrigerated TRUs. The CALSTART webinar can be viewed at this link: All-electric TRU incentives and total cost of ownership. (Note: Custom-prepared diesel and electric TCO comparisons are available from now.)
eNow offers the industry’s most advanced zero-emission fully electric refrigerated trailers. Call to request a tailor-made cost comparison for your refrigeration fleet. Call DJ Rubino at (401) 732-7080.
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