NTEA releases study on use of electrification and idle reduction in work truck industry

A new study from NTEA and GTA indicates the direction electrification and idle reduction technologies are going within the work truck industry.


NTEA, in conjunction with its Green Truck Association (GTA) affiliate division, recently released the 2015 Work Truck Electrification and Idle Management Study, showcasing directional industry trends on commercial vehicle efficiency, system electrification and idle reduction. The report highlights recent productivity developments, as well as expectations for future industry shifts.

NTEA and GTA are pleased to present this report to the work truck industry,” says NTEA Executive Director Steve Carey. “It offers practical insights into the fleet manager’s perspective on new truck electrification technologies and idle management.”

This 20-page study covers:

  • Use of engine-off electrification techniques
  • Application of auxiliary battery pack systems
  • Primary power generation systems in operation
  • Key voltage considerations
  • Business factors driving idle management efforts
  • Strategies to reduce engine idling
  • Optimal payback periods

Results from the Work Truck Electrification and Idle Management Survey, conducted in early 2015, serve as the basis for this report, with responses from mid- to high-level fleet management professionals holding decision-making authority for truck acquisitions or vehicle specification development. Some reference to results from the 2012 Vehicle Electrification Survey, led by GTA’s Vehicle Electrification Technology Council, is interspersed throughout the study.

Following are select report highlights from responding fleet managers:

  • More than 80% consider idle reduction at least somewhat important to lowering operating costs.
  • Thirty-four percent have an average truck idle time of three or more hours per day.
  • A majority of responding fleets (54%) expect their electrification usage to grow in the next three years.

The 2015 Work Truck Electrification and Idle Management Study is free to NTEA members and offered in print or downloadable PDF. It is available upon request to nonmembers, and can be requested from NTEA's website.