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Electrification of medium and heavy-duty trucks in India

We're building business ambition on electric trucks to support sustainable transport and commerce in India. 

Electric truck

The transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change. In India, medium and heavy-duty trucks (MHDTs) comprise only 2% of the total vehicle population but contribute to 45% of the overall vehicular road transport emissions. Faster transition to electric vehicles can keep the world on the 1.5°C global temperature pathway. Increased uptake will also help India meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

Leading the electric truck transition in India

Electrification of medium and heavy-duty trucks (e-MHDT) is an India-specific project, developed in partnership with pManifold Business Solutions. The project is part of the EV100+ campaign and focuses on the electrification of medium and heavy-duty trucks (MHDTs) with GVW above 3.5 T. 

Through our EV100 and EV100+ campaigns and networks, we are uniquely positioned to elevate India’s electric vehicle uptake. This existing business network extends to 128 companies under both the campaigns and 90,000 trucks have already been committed for electrification by 2040 under the EV100+ campaign. Our active partnerships have brought together the government, businesses and end-users. 

We are also working with some of India’s leading businesses to electrify their MHDTs with a focus on specific use cases, including FMCG, parcel load and e-commerce.    

 

Our work with businesses

  • Sectoral roadmaps - We’ve prepared sectoral roadmaps on the market potential of electric MHDTs at the national level and are customising them for states through complementary state engagements. According to our analysis, the sectors that would see early adoption of zero-emission trucks include E-commerce/FMCG, Food Processing and Development and Mining. 
  • Feasibility analysis - We are also partnering with businesses to understand diverse projects in which electric trucks can be deployed. 
  • Tracking developments - We are documenting progress on electric truck uptake in India and key learnings that can inspire action, get more businesses onboard and build ambition for large scale adoption. 

Supporting policy changes  

  • Supporting policy at the national and state level –  For policymakers to take informed decisions, we’re developing model frameworks to increase the evidence base on mainstreaming Zero Emission Trucks.  
  • Just transition assessment - The electric truck transition should be just, equitable and sustainable., We’re shining a light on the transition’s impact on key stakeholders in India’s trucking sector including personnel employed by maintenance and repair support services and driver partners. 

Our flagships initiatives under e-MHDT

E-trucks pilot

There is a dearth of knowledge on electric trucks plying in Indian road conditions. We aim to create on-ground success stories that demonstrate a business case for large scale electric truck adoption.  

JSW Steel, IKEA and Flipkart launched pilots in 2023 to introduce electric trucks in their Indian fleets. You can read more about the pilot here

Dialogue Series 

These pan-India convenings bring together key stakeholders from the Indian market. Deliberations range from global best practices, adoption pathways, strategies for the supply of fit-for-purpose freight vehicles and fuel efficiency norms to relevant regulatory interventions in India.  

Watch all episodes from the series here.

Our work with businesses

  • Sectoral roadmaps - We’ve prepared sectoral roadmaps on the market potential of electric MHDTs at the national level and are customising them for states through complementary state engagements. According to our analysis, the sectors that would see early adoption of zero-emission trucks include E-commerce/FMCG, Food Processing and Development and Mining. 
  • Feasibility analysis - We are also partnering with businesses to understand diverse projects in which electric trucks can be deployed. 
  • Tracking developments - We are documenting progress on electric truck uptake in India and key learnings that can inspire action, get more businesses onboard and build ambition for large scale adoption.