ACT Research: Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Gained 24% YTD through August 2021

For the first eight months of 2021, US and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 24% year-to-date against a somewhat unfair comparison of the same time period in 2020, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) recently released by ACT Research. For context, total US Class 8 sales were up 28% for the same period.

The ACT Alternative Fuels Quarterly (AFQ) provides insight, analysis, and trends about alternative fuel/power adoption for the US heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle markets. It is designed to give quick insights to anyone with an interest in the evolution of power and alternative fuel use for heavy vehicles. The AFQ details such adoption considerations as fuel prices, fuel/charging infrastructure development, equipment prices/products/technological developments, and regulatory changes. NG truck sales data and a forecast for new natural gas adoption are included.

Used 82621-1“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 June to August time period, with June experiencing a sizeable sequential gain and even more impressive year-over-year growth,” said Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research. He continued, “July natural gas Class 8 vehicle sales volumes suffered large declines, also reducing the ytd increase, while activity in August recovered, returning to solid short-term improvement, despite lagging the year-ago comparison by a small margin. Looking at the most recent month, sales spiked 68% month-over-month, but were 4% lower than the year-ago level.”

AFQ Cover Art - Pumps - GrayTam 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 continue to see articles about natural gas use in transportation, as well as discussions about hydrogen fuel cells and investments in electric commercial vehicle development, making trade-industry headlines.”

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