For the second time this year and only the fourth time in 19 months the demand for Class 8 trucks rose faster than the supply, according to the most recent ACT For-Hire Trucking Index from ACT Research Co.
In 2015, diesel engines made up 98.5 percent of the North American Class 8 vehicle market, but the forecast expects this dominance to lessen by 2021, according to a report by Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates.
Although orders were slower in December, 2015 was the trailer industry's best shipment year in history, just edging out the previous record set in 1999, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.
NG powered Class 8 truck and bus sales continue, but at a slower pace compared to 2014, as well as when calculated as a percentage of the total market, according to a report from ACT Research. The "Natural Gas Quarterly" attributes the rapidly declining cost of diesel with making the return on investment for adoption of natural gas less lucrative.
For the month of August, 37,200 orders for vehicles in classes 5-8 were booked, down 8 percent from July and down 14 percent compared to August 2014. However, these numbers are preliminary. Actual numbers will be published in mid-September.