This work produced a new baseline of publicly available quantitative and qualitative information regarding the NA supply chain for Class 3-8 HEV and PEVs on the road in NA. The research also provided a comprehensive view about gaps of concern to participants in the Class 3-8 HEV and PEV NA supply chain.
Based on this research, several recommendations emerge and are placed below for discussion.
- Refine and improve the data presented. For example, it is understood that Class 2 HEV and PEVs represent a class that is larger than Class 3-8 HEV and PEVs combined, and is therefore a gap in the current research and an important topic for future research and study.
- Determine whether the detailed information on Class 3-8 HEV and PEV usage provided here should be updated and refined each year, and further transformed into a user-accessible database.
- Extend the current data sets to wider geographic regions, or link it to other data sets of special value, for example in power electronics R&D, battery or motor component supply chain developments, or other fields – to efficiently and effectively produce added value.
- Leverage the data sets produced here to analyze topics of public policy significance, which are dependent both upon the Class 3-8 HEV and PEV supply chain conditions and other concrete (technological) aspects in NA mobility competitiveness. For example, further study on questions regarding: a) autonomous mobility in logistics employing Class 3-8 HEV and PEV systems; b) acceleration of Class 3-8 HEV and PEV battery development to make US mobility energy storage markets more competitive, and c) new materials for low-cost light-weighting of Class 3-8 HEV and PEVs specifically.
- Leverage the source relationships developed through this work to continue to identify and rapidly develop awareness about emerging weaknesses and strengths within the NA supply chain.
- Seek new, broad R&D pathways to support next-generation medium- and heavy-duty HEV and PEV vehicle growth, with a focus on building resilience and capacity for technology innovation in the US supply chain.
Map NA supply chain gaps across mobility categories, to include passenger vehicle, light duty, medium- and heavy duty commercial, rail, off-road and marine transportation elements, and seek out common hardware components, technology processes and materials that are needed across these categories to support transformational logistics.