The number of people who drive on US highways has dropped dramatically in the last few decades.
But in the past five years, the number of vehicles on the road has more than doubled.
A new breed is emerging: those who use their vehicles to travel to work, school, or to work at home.
“It’s a very important part of our culture to get home, and we need to do that,” says Jason Kottelas, president of the Texas Motor Vehicle Association.
Driving home is an increasingly common occurrence.
In 2014, the US had 9.7 million people who drove home.
By 2020, it is expected to reach 11 million, according to the US Census Bureau.
Kottelos and other members of the TMAIA, an industry group, are advocating for more efficient transportation, including electric vehicles.
The group is in the process of drafting a new, statewide policy to help ensure that vehicles are properly maintained and fuel efficient.
The TMAIRI, or Texas Automotive Alliance for Improved Transport, is pushing for the creation of a statewide transportation network that would provide the transportation options drivers want while also serving as a driver’s safety net.
The organization, founded in 2012, has about 10,000 members across Texas.
It’s led by the TAA, a Texas group representing about 70,000 truck drivers.
Kellerman says the organization is making the transition to electric vehicles as the economy improves, and he expects to see it grow to about 10 percent of all trucks by 2040.
He says many of the drivers in his organization have already started using the technology and he thinks it will help make their lives easier.
“They don’t have to worry about parking, and they don’t want to have to drive to work every day,” Kellerman says.
“We have a lot of things in place to make it easier.”
Kottellers plan to start selling his electric trucks on a truck-sharing site in the coming weeks.
It will be an inexpensive way to help people who may not have the money to rent a new truck, he says.
Kettelas says the transition from a vehicle to an electric vehicle is one of the fastest growing sectors in the trucking industry.
He expects the trend to continue.
“In the next five years or so, we’re going to see a huge jump in electric vehicles being sold by people who don’t drive a truck,” Kellers says.
For Kottellas, the electric trucking sector is a natural fit for the TTAIA.
The association is headquartered in Houston, and the TDAI has offices in Austin and Dallas.
Kattelas was a truck driver in the 1970s and 80s before transitioning to trucking.
He says the change is not something he ever thought would happen.
“We used to have our trucking jobs in the cities.
Now, we have to be out here,” Kelles says.
When I was a kid, it was just trucks.
Now I drive electric.
That’s all we have.