Pressure Mounts on Fleet Maintenance Facilities in 2018 to Go Even Greener

Stertil-Koni’s EARTHLIFT is made from 98% recyclable materials and its closed hydraulic system contains 100% recyclable bio-degradable fluid and batteries

With cleaner running commercial vehicle use on the rise, maintenance facilities across North America are also increasingly taking into consideration new ways to modernize their shops.

As heavy duty trucks and buses increasingly feature cleaner-burning, more fuel-efficient engines, a new industry overview by heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni reveals that the maintenance facilities in which these vehicles are serviced and the equipment used to repair them will also be under even greater pressure to go more green in 2018.

On the vehicle front, big changes have already taken place: semi-trucks, refuse vehicles, transit buses and other heavy duty vehicles are now available in all-electric, fuel-cell or hybrid models. What’s more, thousands of battery-powered semi-trucks have been ordered by large commercial fleets such as Wal-Mart and J.B. Hunt, and progressive manufacturers such as Volvo, BYD and Tesla are broadening their product lines.

On a more granular level, prominent industrial manufacturer Cummins, traditionally a diesel-engine maker, recently debuted its electric Urban Hauler Tractor, a Class 7 semi-truck with a 44,000-pound payload capacity. And, in the commuter coach industry, BYD has already deployed 137, 45-foot battery-electric buses across the U.S., and has 27,000 electric buses currently in service around the world.

The trend is clear. According to a recent Navigant Research Report, hybrid and electric powertrain populations in commercial vehicles will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 today to 1.66 million over the next decade. What’s more, some believe that may be a conservative estimate.

In addition, almost all agree that the pressure to go green in commercial transportation is moving up and down the food chain – all at warp speed.

Noted Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, “With cleaner running commercial vehicle use on the rise, maintenance facilities across North America are also increasingly taking into consideration new ways to modernize their shops. That’s why we’re seeing…

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