California continues to push for zero emission vehicles (ZEV) regardless of its practicality. And, by “practicality” we mean:
Electrifying light, medium and heavy duty vehicles will increase the state’s power consumption by 57%, in a state whose existing power grid is held together with duct tape and baling wire.
Electric trucks weigh 9,000-16,000 lbs more than diesel trucks. The maximum gross vehicle weight on California’s roadways is 80,000 lbs, therefore this added weight will result in a corresponding reduction in payload and 34% more trucks on the road.
Electrifying California’s transportation network will result in increased prices to the consumer. ZEV trucks cost two to four times the cost of diesel trucks, and electricity in California is nearly twice the national average, 22.33 cents/kwh vs 12.36 cents/kwh. And, hydrogen is selling for about $22 an equivalent gallon.