Trailer Electrification: Barriers and future solutions to Battery Electric TRU (BETRU) adoption
The electrification of trailer refrigeration units continues to progress, but significant barriers exist as it relates to runtime reliability, incremental unit cost, operations adjustments, and charging infrastructure.
Transition timing will likely be tied to the broader trucking industries’ transition to electric as that transition will bring with it equipment and infrastructure subsidies, battery cost reductions and performance improvements, and learnings on operations adjustments. The industry will need to fail early and often to learn what it means to operate a BETRU paired with an electric tractor, but these early learnings will pave the way for a broad transition within the next 20 years.
Download this position paper on trailer electrification to learn more about the barriers and future solutions to BETRU adoption and what fleets can expect.