Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Pick” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post by Brett Wetzel from Breakthrough’s blog provides an overview of four types of alternative energies for heavy-duty transportation.
Both shippers and carriers have a lot to consider as they aim to diversify their mix of transportation energy. It’s a balancing act weighing many factors like capital investment, energy costs, energy consumption, available infrastructure, and individual sustainability goals, and a host of alternative fuels for transportation.
Diesel still makes up 93 percent of the transportation market share, and although it will likely remain the standard fuel for heavy-duty transportation for the near future, alternative energies are becoming more viable. In the right application, alternatives can be operationalized for fleets today and each one offers potential benefits while also presenting obstacles to overcome.
From electric vehicles to natural gas, advancements in more sustainable transportation technology are on the horizon, and the industry is incredibly optimistic about this diversification as we branch into fuel alternatives for the future.