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Class 8 natural gas retail sales gain momentum, report finds

April 25, 2022
Although natural gas heavy truck sales are up 21% year-to-date, there is a continued decline of total natural gas fueling stations, according to ACT Research.

For the first two months of 2022, U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 21% year-to-date against comparisons of the same time in 2021, according to a quarterly report released by ACT Research.

The ACT Alternative Fuels Quarterly provides insight, analysis, and trends about alternative fuel/power adoption for the U.S. heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle markets. The report details adoption considerations, such as fuel prices, fuel/charging infrastructure development, equipment prices/products/technological developments, and regulatory changes. Natural gas truck sales data and a forecast for new natural gas adoption are included.

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“Sales of NG-powered vehicles as reported by the six major truck OEMs, who account for approximately 60% of the heavy-duty natural gas market, were mixed in the December to February time period, with December and January experiencing strong year-over-year gains, but February lagging considerably,” said Steve Tam, ACT Research VP. “In the near term, December’s sales easily outshone January and February’s activity, which paled in comparison. Combined, sales in the three-month period extended and increased year-to-date gains meaningfully, a relatively new development.”

Tam added: “Besides sales, the Alternative Fuels Quarterly analyzes the change in existing and planned alternative fuel/power infrastructure and equipment developments. We’re seeing an overall increase in electric charging stations, both existing and planned, but a continuing decline of total natural gas stations, particularly those planned for the future. That said, we still see articles about natural gas use in transportation, as well as discussions about hydrogen fuel cells and investments, but the overwhelming amount of trade-industry headlines continue to focus on electric commercial vehicle development.”

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