What’s making ZET (Zero Emissions Trucking) a global phenomenon?

30 Oct, 2023 1:21:13 PM / by Sanjana Grover, Transport Corporation of India Ltd.



Driven by corporate social responsibility, consumer awareness, and global commitments to reduce carbon emissions, the transport sector is now more conscious than ever of the carbon content of goods. As a result, large fast-moving consumer goods and e-commerce providers are embracing electric Medium-Duty Trucks (MDTs) and Heavy-Duty Trucks (HDTs) as part of their sustainability initiatives, vowing to adopt fleets that prioritize Zero Emissions Trucking (ZET).


Simultaneously, major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are setting ambitious electrification goals and ramping up ZET production to meet the growing demand. These OEMs have already introduced a range of MDTs and HDTs capable of accommodating various duty cycles and operational requirements. Recognizing the long-term potential and the inevitable global shift towards net-zero emissions, these companies are making substantial investments in ZET technology.


As countries worldwide strive to meet their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and reduce emissions, there is a pressing need to address emissions from road transport, particularly the trucking sector. The global economy is evolving rapidly, with environmental and social considerations now playing a more pivotal role alongside costs in decision-making processes. As a result, stakeholders are intensively exploring opportunities to drive ZET development and remain competitive within global supply chains.


Over time, ZETs are becoming increasingly economically viable, presenting a significant opportunity to enhance air quality and reduce carbon emissions. India, in particular, stands to capitalize on the emerging ZET market.


Zero Emissions Trucking in India


ZETs offer a cleaner and cost-effective solution for road freight. The country is uniquely positioned to leapfrog past traditional diesel vehicles and embrace ZETs on a large scale. India has the potential to demonstrate global leadership by expanding ZET usage and securing a substantial share in the global transport economy.


The formulation of domestic policies that stimulate both ZET supply and demand will be crucial in catalyzing the local ZET market and positioning India as a global frontrunner in sustainable freight transportation.


Looking ahead, India is projected to become the world's second-largest market for road freight within the next decade, making its efforts to decarbonize road freight a matter of global significance. While successful zero-emission trucking pilots have been conducted in various parts of India, they have primarily been limited to single companies for captive use, often within industries like cement, metal mining, and refining. To advance zero-emission trucking in India, the next step involves deploying ZETs in existing high-density road freight clusters, where multiple stakeholders can participate, and the deployment can gain substantial visibility among corporate, transport, and government stakeholders.


By adopting a cluster-based approach for early deployment, India can establish favorable conditions for shared charging and refueling infrastructure and a robust vehicle service ecosystem. These components are vital in an industry where operational reliability is of paramount importance.


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Corporate Communication Executive at Transport Corporation of India Ltd. (TCI Group)