Freight Electrification-as-a-Service for Transformation (FEaST)
Freight Electrification-as-a-Service for Transformation (FEaST) provides the building blocks of a self-sustaining movement toward heavy-duty electrification. Electric trucks decouple freight movement from diesel emissions, but must overcome prohibitive upfront costs and an underprepared workforce. Electrification as-a-service transfers the capital costs of electrification to operating budgets, and FEaST leverages NYSERDA funding to simulate cost reductions anticipated in coming years to preview how third-party capital can unlock electrification at scale. FEaST also features a first-of-its-kind workforce partnership to provide paid training so the next generation of workers can support truck market transformation. FEaST will result directly in deployment of 14 electric trucks, 2.5 tons of annual NOx reduction (concentrated in disadvantaged communities), 450 tons of annual CO2 emission reduction, job training for at least 200 individuals, and creation of at least 20 new green jobs; indirect impacts will be considerably higher and will be tracked over the course of the program.
FEaST aims to put truck electrification within reach for mass-market fleets by piloting innovative "as-a-service" business models that require no capital outlay for fleets and calibrate ongoing payments to baseline diesel O&M costs. By packaging together vehicles, charging infrastructure, utility interconnection, energy management and maintenance, this model can offer fleets a bundled and straightforward product not currently available to them commercially.
FEaST intends to address the truck and EVSE technician shortage by developing scalable training modules specific to zero-emission systems. Our model will target the opportunities created by truck electrification to benefit disadvantaged communities by working with our local workforce recruitment partners and non-profits like GCF. Goals and KPIs will be developed, and progress tracked, through a community accountability plan developed with members of the Green Economy Network.
Short term impacts will be concentrated in communities where truck routes will be electrified (i.e., Hunts Point, Port Chester). Telematics data will ensure that electric trucks are meeting uptime benchmarks and being deployed predominantly in disadvantaged communities, and will support calculation of emission reduction metrics (see Metrics section below).
Over a longer horizon, as electric truck costs come down, this model can scale to accelerate truck fleet electrification in the mass market, lowering financial risks and managing utility impacts through managed charging. These deployments will be reinforced by a strong workforce that provides expert service for trucks and charging infrastructure, utilizing talent developed from the very communities that have been hindered by current freight systems.