Globally, domestic aviation was responsible for emitting 287,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2010, according to an IPCC report. Looking at this in more detail, a Boeing 737 would burn approximately 5 tonnes of jet fuel on a 2 hour flight, resulting in 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
On March 26th, 2020, two new optional services were approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to support the electrification of fleet vehicles and vessels. It applies to services with a demand equal to or above 150 kW, which is any fleet of approximately 40+ electric vehicles.
As large fleet operators convert their assets to electric, an increasing need to manage how the fleet is charging is going to be required. This article explains smart charging as a simple concept that can be adapted to a specific operation to reduce installation capital costs and reduce operating costs by lowering the peak power demand.
The Government of B.C. recently announced funding for the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program. This is a great development that will drive the transition to a sustainable economy, help commercial truck drivers spend less on fuel and potentially increase the use of local energy resources.
Electrification is probably humanity’s biggest energy shift since the industrial revolution. With a world expected to gulp down 610 quadrillion (610,000,000,000,000,000) Btu, this transition is going to take many decades. But why is this happening and why does it make sense in terms of sustainability?