As the holiday season approaches, Electrada, a leader in fleet electrification solutions, projects that middle- and last-mile delivery vehicles will emit an estimated 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). This volume is equivalent to filling seven million Olympic-sized swimming pools, highlighting a significant environmental concern.
From Black Friday to Christmas Eve, over 6.8 million Class 3-8 vehicles, ranging from vans to long-haul tractor-trailers, will traverse America's roads. Their combined daily CO2 emissions will reach approximately 1,010,956 metric tons, totaling an alarming 31,339,636 metric tons over the 31-day holiday delivery period.
An MIT report underscores this impact, noting that just 16 metric tons of CO2 can fill more than three and a half Olympic-sized pools (Source: MIT Climate Portal).
Kevin Kushman, CEO of Electrada, comments, "Many believe that holiday gifts arrive carbon-neutral via Santa and his reindeer. However, reality tells a different story. Understanding the substantial CO2 emissions each holiday season is startling. A feasible solution, which could markedly reduce emissions by next year, involves major delivery companies like Amazon, UPS, and FedEx accelerating their shift to electric vehicles and accelerating their fleet electrification programs. The incentives, approaches, and technologies are available to make this an affordable, risk-mitigated, and realistic path to clean transportation, now."
This data, sourced from IHS Markit, is based on the average daily miles driven for each vehicle class.