February 16, 2012

TOO BAD YOU HAVE TO BREAK THE BAKER'S WINDOW BEFORE HE PUTS IN EFFICIENT GLASS:

Driving the green: New study suggests that electric-powered trucks will save money for businesses. (Peter Dizikes, 2/01/12, MIT News Office)

 A company looking to purchase an electric-powered delivery truck today will likely experience some sticker shock: Such a vehicle costs nearly $150,000, compared to about $50,000 for the same kind of truck with a standard internal-combustion engine. 

But before long -- perhaps surprisingly -- it's a purchase that should pay for itself. That's the conclusion of a new MIT study showing that electric vehicles are not just environmentally friendly, but also have the potential to improve the bottom line for many kinds of businesses. 

The study, conducted by researchers at MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), finds that electric vehicles can cost 9 to 12 percent less to operate than trucks powered by diesel engines, when used to make deliveries on an everyday basis in big cities. 

"There has to be a good business case if there is going to be more adoption of electric vehicles," says Jarrod Goentzel, director of the Renewable Energy Delivery Project at CTL and one of four co-authors of the new study. "We think it's already a viable economic model, and as battery costs continue to drop, the case will only get better." 


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