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Decarbonizing the Last Mile for Fleets

America needs better access to sustainable, lower-carbon fuels to assist fleets in decarbonizing their operations and make the switch from conventional fossil fuels.

Access to lower-carbon fuels is a major inhibitor in their adoption. As an example, out of 115,000 fuel stations in the United States, the AFDC says that only 332 carry biodiesel, or fewer than 1%. The majority of fuel stations still do not offer any renewable fuel products at all.

This lack of fuel availability is especially pertinent for fleets. The world is experiencing a growing demand for last mile delivery (i.e. the final delivery from a hub to your house) that according to the World Economic Forum is poised to significantly increase carbon emissions. The phenomenon has created more pressure on last mile delivery providers and the corporations operating them to reduce the industry’s environmental impacts.

For corporations that have committed to meeting ambitious sustainability goals—such as UPS’s promise to run 40% of their fleets on alternative fuels by 2025—solving the access issue is critical.

Despite growth in the market, and a federal push for alternative fuels, the U.S. has few renewable fuel production facilities relative to the need. In addition, fuel stations are limited to selling fuel that can be easily sourced from their respective local refineries. The result is that renewable fuel product availability varies widely by region.

Mobile energy delivery is the best and quickest solution to making alternative energy more available and affordable. It sets up a platform for any type of energy to be efficiently delivered to more end users with minimal up-front investment when compared to fueling stations.

As the mobile fueling industry grows, it will increase access to alternative fuels, reduce hesitation to purchase greener vehicles, and (in time) lead to widespread adoption of more environmentally-friendly energies that will decrease pollution for consumers and enable the sustainable growth of last mile delivery.