Strong start to year for NG trucks followed by weaker sales

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A robust first two months of 2020 have been tempered by weaker sales since for natural gas Class 8 truck sales in the United States and Canada, ACT Research reports.

U.S. and Canadian NG truck retail sales for the first five months of 2020 dropped more than 20 percent year to date, compared with 2019, according to ACT’s recently published AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly.

“Sales of natural gas-powered vehicles as reported by the six major truck OEMs, who account for approximately 60 percent of the heavy-duty natural gas market, were almost uniformly weaker in the March to May time period,” says Steve Tam, ACT vice president.

“While the year started strong, year-over-year losses since February have resulted in a year-to-date decline of 22 percent. Through the first five months of 2020, reporting OEMs have sold about 1,100 natural gas-powered Class 8 units,” Tam says. “It is important to note for comparison that total U.S. Class 8 sales were down 38 percent for the same time period.”

AFQ provides insight, analysis, and trends about alternative fuel/power adoption for the U.S. heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle markets.

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