Sustainability in Trucking Snapshot Report: August 2021

In August 2021, Convoy surveyed 593 small and mid-sized trucking companies across the United States to collect a snapshot of sustainability in trucking. Survey participants include dispatchers for fleets and owner-operators. All the results are self-reported by the participants. Download the Sustainability in Trucking Snapshot Report to see the full data for sustainability trends in trucking.

Survey highlights include key trends in trucking and new data insights:

  • Carriers were split on the effect of climate change on their communities:
    • 28% thought climate change had a large impact
    • 36% thought climate change had some impact
    • 36% thought climate change had little to no impact
  • The views on climate change differed starkly by experience. Carriers with more than 20 years of experience said climate change had no impact, while only 4% of respondents with less than one year of experience indicated this.
  • Independent of their views on climate change, 35% of carriers reported feeling pressure to reduce carbon emissions in their business. The top sources of pressure include:
    • 24% More awareness of the environmental impact of carbon emissions
    • 21% Government regulation
    • 9% Reduction of operating costs
    • 9% Personal motivation
  • The top reasons for reducing emissions and the perspective on whether stricter environmental laws are worth the cost varied by role type:
    • For carriers with more than 20 years of experience, only 12% thought government regulation was worth the cost, while 45% disagreed with the idea
    • For carriers with less than one year of experience, 31% thought the cost was worth it and only 27% disagreed with the idea
  • 48% of carriers plan to buy a truck in the next year, and an additional 27% plan to buy a new truck within the next one to three years, meaning 75% of carriers intend to buy a new truck within three years.
    • 76% of carriers consider fuel economy to be very important to their purchasing decision of a new truck
    • Carriers that haul longer loads tended to place a higher importance on fuel economy
  • There are still barriers preventing carriers from purchasing an electric truck. The top barriers include:
    • 56% too expensive
    • 41% distance limits
    • 36% infrastructure (or lack thereof)
    • 34% charging time
    • 25% maintenance
  • The top electric vehicle (EV) truck brands that carriers are excited to drive are Tesla, Freightliner, and Volvo.
    • The favorite brands were different based on the role of the respondent. Owner operators favored Freightliner, while dispatchers and dispatch drivers favored Tesla.

Download this Sustainability in Trucking Snapshot Report to see the full data for sustainability trends in trucking.

Sustainability at Convoy: We are focused on reducing the billions of waste in trucking and supporting the communities where we live and work. Visit www.convoy.com/sustainability to learn about Convoy’s commitment to Sustainability.

Jennifer Wong
Jennifer is the Head of Sustainability at Convoy, helping transportation leaders make progress against their environmental and social impact goals.