Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

With hurricanes increasing in frequency, these easy pre-hurricane season tips will save you a lot of time before the storms arrive. 

There is no mistaking the reality that hurricane season is getting more active year over year. That also means the potential for you to find yourself in the path of any strength storm is increasing too. 

Earlier this year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center announced that they were updating their 30-year historical hurricane activity reference period to 1991-2020 from 1981-2010. The significance of this change is that the last few years of consistently above-average hurricane activity has moved NOAA’s “average” standard higher than it previously was. 

In other words, there have been so many hurricanes lately that NOAA had to raise the bar. 

They aren’t the only organization observing this trend, either. 

The World Meteorological Organization (the UN Agency tasked with the collection and distribution of weather data amongst 193 nations) recently announced that the Greek Alphabet would no longer be used after a given hurricane season runs out of names on the assigned list like it did during the prolific 2020 season. Citing the likelihood that the list would run out again due to overactive storm seasons, the committee elected to create a permanent list of supplemental names.

It seems clear that the Atlantic seaboard is in for the sixth-straight “above average” hurricane season. 

The unfortunate reality is that it doesn’t take a major category 4 or 5 storm to damage your home and substantially impact your daily life. Even a weaker tropical storm can cause power outages and flooding. 

Instead of being caught in the mad rush to prepare for a storm that is heading your way, here are a series of useful tips you can take right now to get a leg up on storm-proofing your home.

Easy hurricane preparations for outside your home

When a storm shows up on your doorstep, there is unfortunately little you can do about the actual conditions; the rain is going to fall and the wind is going to blow.

What we can control are the things a storm can impact that will then damage our home or property. 

Trees and landscaping

Even a Tropical Storm can pack winds in excess of 70mph, with gusts that can top that in short bursts. While normally healthy trees should be able to withstand those gusts, a not-so-healthy tree or even a dying limb may reach the breaking point and fall. 

When these trees or limbs fall during an otherwise minor storm, and damage your roof or wipe out your power lines, that minor storm can quickly turn into a major problem. 

Without an intact roof to protect it, rain water can pour into your home causing untold amounts of damage to your home’s interior. And without power, stored food may spoil, sump pumps may stop running, and your home is suddenly unable to maintain a temperature you want it to without HVAC. 

Spotting dead trees and limbs

Before a storm arrives, take the time to quickly survey your property, and your adjacent neighbors property. Make sure to spend enough time looking at each tree from trunk to tip, and all the branches.

Healthy trees should have obvious signs of growth (leaf buds or leaves) on their branches, and the tree bark should appear uniform and unbroken. All the branches should look roughly the same in leaf growth and bark quality. The tree should actually look “healthy”.

  • Action Tip: Any tree on your property that “doesn’t look right” should be evaluated by a qualified arborist (a tree expert). If you spot these conditions on a neighbor’s tree that may be at risk of hitting your home or power lines, it is worth having a discussion with that neighbor about having the tree evaluated. 

Generally, arborists are easy to find, and can quickly evaluate all your trees with qualified expert recommendations, at minimal cost to you.


Bushes, planting areas, and nicely mulched beds tend to make a home look really nice from the street, but those planting areas can also cause heavy rainfall to stay against your house instead of draining away. This can cause water infiltration to an otherwise dry basement area.

  • Action Tip: Trim bushes and shrubbery near the home so the plants cannot swing in the wind and damage your home. 
  • Action Tip: Before mulching planting beds, make sure the soil underneath slopes away from your home and leave a 4-6” gap between the mulch and your foundation. This will prevent water from gathering against your foundation during heavy rainfall. 

Rainfall and water management

Water damage can often be among the costliest home damage to repair, and once water enters your home mold can also be a concern. Thankfully, a typical home is designed to resist water entry as long as we do our part to help it along. 

The best part: surveying your home for water concerns doesn’t require a severe storm to happen first. 

  • Action Tip: During the next downpour, take a few minutes to throw on a raincoat and walk around your property. Take pictures of where the water tends to pool, and where runoff tends to collect and form streams. Look for places where water gets caught by obstructions instead of smoothly exiting your property, or where the water wants to channel. Consider any changes you can make to allow the water a smoother path away from your home. 

After the storm, use the pictures to either correct some issues yourself, or consult with a landscape designer to mitigate the problems. 

Gutters and Downspouts

The gutters and downspouts on your home exist to capture and channel rainwater away from your foundation. Just like the previous tip, if water is allowed to pool around your foundation, it will eventually begin entering through the foundation walls. It’s only a matter of time. Especially when you consider the amount of water that could pool during a heavier downpour.

To put this in perspective, 2” of rain falling on 1,500 square feet of roof (roughly the roof size of an average 1200 square foot home) will produce almost 2,000 gallons of runoff. 

If a Tropical Storm or hurricane is in the forecast, you can likely expect many times that much rain to fall.

  • Action Tip: Clean your home’s gutters or outsource this task to a professional. Consider having a gutter cover/filter installed that allows only water to enter and not debris.
  • Action Tip: Check all your downspouts, and make sure the downspout ejects water at least 10 feet from the base of your foundation.

In many cases, these easy tips to “storm-harden” the outside of your house will go a long way towards preventing damage from severe storms. 

But what happens if the storm gets past your outer defenses and starts to affect the interior? 

Preparation tips for inside your home

Even if the storm overwhelms your exterior defenses, all is not completely lost. There are just as many simple steps we can take to prevent a damaged home from becoming a much larger catastrophe.

Water ingress and sump pumps

If you have a sump pump in your basement, then your home has experienced water before. Sump pumps sit in pits that are designed to collect the water below your foundation and pump it out to a place where it can safely exit your property without running back to the house. 

During any normal storm, you may see water slowly fill the pit until it reaches the level where the sump pump activates and pumps the water away. When the pump removes enough water that the pump activation float resets, the pump shuts off. 

During more severe weather, especially heavy downpours, that sump pump will work harder and for longer periods removing the water that is collecting there at a faster than normal rate. If the pump dies for any reason, the basement will begin to flood rapidly. 

  • Action Tip: Check the tag on your pump. Look for a manufacturer's date and if your pump is more than five years old, you should replace it regardless of condition. 
  • Action Tip: Check the outlet that your pump is plugged in to and determine if anything else is plugged into the same circuit (you can do this by turning off the breaker for that circuit and seeing if anything else turns off). Consider moving those other items to a different circuit.

During heavy storms and frequent work, the pump will have a higher average draw which may cause the circuit breaker to trip if there are too many loads on it. If this happens without you noticing, the basement will flood.

Protect your valuables

In this case, “valuables” means all the things you cannot replace no matter what you do. Pictures hanging on the wall, storage of digital pictures, important documents, and even important memories that are on paper. Many of these items are crucial to getting back to normal if damage does occur, and many also cannot be replaced.

  • Action Tip: Purchase an inexpensive digital document scanner from your local office supply store. Spend an easy afternoon collecting all the important documents you have in your home (passports, birth certificates, deeds, insurance papers, social security cards, bank statements, etc.) and scanning those all to a digital format. 

Do the same with any physical pictures you have hanging around your house, or use a digital camera to take a picture of the picture. Often, the memory is worth more than just the quality of the image.

Upload all of these digital files to a cloud storage service of your choice, or if security is a concern for you, save all the digital files on a few weatherproof USB drives. Place one drive in a secret location in your vehicle, and place another in a sheltered place in your home. 

  • Action Tip: To further protect all the important things you just collected and scanned, consider purchasing a fireproof/waterproof document safe. These inexpensive safes will give you a place to safely store your irreplaceable documents and protect them against floods or fires. 

Protect against power outages

During a storm, just about everything gets worse if the power goes out. Climate control shuts off, water pumps die out, and cold food storage becomes a race against time. 

Worse yet, if your home does not have a landline, then you are dependent on your cell phone for communication. In an emergency, battery power can be critical. 

  • Action Tip: Consider purchasing a few portable battery packs with shelf-life design. They are inexpensive and have USB ports, meaning a solid source of emergency phone power that is still portable.
  • Action Tip: Consult with your local Cummins Home Generator Dealer for a quick and painless estimate on a standby generator. These generators start automatically during an outage and keep HVAC systems, sump pumps, and cold storage operating as normal regardless of the weather. 

Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

You’ve seen this before: as soon as a named storm is given a landfall prediction, the panic buying and preparations will start. Finding supplies will be harder than ever and suddenly your list of things that needs to get done will grow faster than you can check items off.

Why not take a few things off that list now, and give yourself some peace of mind that you’ve already addressed a lot of the bigger questions for your home preparation?

The storms are coming and they’re predicted to be more frequent. The time to prepare is now.

And if you want the ultimate peace of mind that ensures your home will never be without reliable power, regardless of the conditions outside, reach out to your nearest friendly Cummins Home Generator Dealer. All it takes is a quick home survey and you’ll know exactly what you’ll need for the gold standard of storm preparation: a backup generator. 

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Hurricane Sally no match for Florida couple and their home standby generator

Family with dog standing next to Cummins home standby generator

Three months. That’s how little time Macy and Sherry Summers had between the installation of their new Cummins QuietConnect™ home standby generator and its first major test: the arrival of Hurricane Sally.

The Category-2 hurricane stalled over the Pensacola, Fla. area for nearly 12 hours in September 2020, bringing 110-mph winds, torrential rain and major power outages. While many of their neighbors worried about their home flooding during the storm, the Summers were secure, knowing their Cummins generator would help pull them through.

“I was very concerned that if too much water got near the house, it could come in,” said Macy. “Without power, we couldn’t run our pumps, we couldn’t take the water away from our pool. That was the big fear for me.”

The new Cummins generator came through big time, powering their home and three sump pumps during the storm and running nearly 90 hours with one break for an oil change before power was restored.

Its performance was no surprise for Macy, a former Lockheed Martin engineer. Upon moving permanently into the home in 2019, he used his research acumen to find the best way to power their home through a storm. After 18 months, he decided on a Cummins QuietConnect Home Standby Generator because of the brand reputation, build quality and support.

“The brand was really important to us. We wanted to have a good support system from a large company we knew would be there if we needed it. It turns out that Cummins was the right one for us,” said Macy.

“I would certainly recommend Cummins over the brands that most people have heard of. Cummins is a stronger solution for somebody who wants that reliability.”

For the installation, the Summers contracted with Emergency Standby Power, their local Cummins dealer in nearby Fort Walton Beach, which also services and maintains the generator for them.

Said Raul Perez who oversees generator installations for Emergency Standby Power, “We try to partner with a product we know is going to be reliable that we’re comfortable servicing, that we’re comfortable installing and that we’re comfortable standing behind. That means a lot. We do like working with Cummins, because when we call and we need support, they’re always there.”

According to Sherry, the QuietConnect generator lives up to its name. “It’s amazing that when we hear it come on, we’ll always say, ‘Oh, there’s the generator. The power must be off.’ We just keep going about whatever we’re doing,” she said. 

After the hurricane, the Summers have complete confidence in their Cummins generator. Sherry says she no longer worries about food spoiling, keeping the house cool and keeping the pool pumps running. 

Macy adds, “If a hurricane comes, my peace of mind really is around these systems we’ve put in to protect our home. They’ll now have constant power, enabled by the generator.”

Find the perfect generator for your home by visiting Cummins generator size calculator.

To hear the Summers tell their own story, watch the video of them below.

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Cummins launches new twinpack rental power diesel generator

Cummins logo at the entrance of Fridley plant

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has launched a new 1MW twinpack rental generator, the C1000D6RE, which offers a competitive rental power solution for a diverse range of applications throughout North America. Manufactured by Cummins, a company that has been synonymous with technology, reliability and service since 1919, the new C1000D6RE model will be built in Fridley, Minnesota.

As a twinpack, the C1000D6RE combines two Cummins 15L, 500kW generators into a single, 40ft power unit, complete with aftertreatment. This enables the C1000D6RE to meet Tier 4 final emissions regulation while delivering reliable, high output performance. The generator can be used in parallel with other rental power solutions and is capable of masterless load demand.

The C1000D6RE offers a 1000kW power rating as per ISO 8528 and is powered by 2 x U.S Tier 4 Final certified QSX15 Cummins engines. The QSX15 engine meets the stringent EPA standards without the need of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which offers ease of serviceability, lower emissions and greater performance.

A new heavy-duty trailer and hitch design ensures even greater reliability for rugged mobile power applications. The generator’s container is capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions, while a full sound attenuation package minimizes the generator’s noise levels. For faster and cleaner oil changes, a ‘Quick Fit’ oil evacuation system option is also provided.

Weighing in at 69,000lbs with fuel, the C1000D6RE comes equipped with a front-end stabilizer and mobile air-ride to reduce the impacts of travel, minimizing potential down time.

The C1000D6RE is suitable for use across a wide range of large-scale industries requiring rental power, including: construction sites, emergency power, large scale events, industrial buildings and utilities located in remote locations or urban areas.

John Gibbons, Rental Power Markets Director at Cummins, said: “We’ve listened to our customers and developed the C1000DR6RE specifically to meet their demands. We also wanted to prioritize the production of a generator that continues to provide reliable power solutions, regardless of climate, location or industry. We believe this product will provide markets with greater reliability, improved performance and increased flexibility.” 

The 1MW twinpack model can be used for a diverse range of industries requiring mobile power; ranging from construction sites, industrial buildings and utilities located in remote locations or urban areas. The remote start and stop contact functionality allows the generator set to be switched on and off upon demand without the need of local maintenance support. As a result, customers can expect more stability, greater uptime and lower labor costs leading to lower total cost of ownership.

To ensure continued performance, Cummins offers customers servicing and maintenance of its mobile power generator range. Cummins aftermarket capabilities are provided through a network of over 200 local sales and service locations across North America; supported by a global system of service technicians, engineers and part distribution centers, experienced in offering mobile power solutions to fit any power requirement.

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Onan SD20 Generator powers mobile business in Richmond, Va.

Multicolored mobile business powered by SD20 Generator

Located in Virginia, The Sweet Xscape, formally known as Envy’s Whadder Ice, started in 2020 when the pandemic began. Owner and sole proprietor Tierra Mclaurin shared: “I’ve always wanted to get into the Italian Ice business, and this was the perfect time to start since we were on lockdown.”  

McLaurin started small with selling Whadder Ice out of her car with coolers. Once the city started to open up, she wanted to legitimize her business and purchase a truck. Now, McLaurin sells an entire line up of treats including her original Whadder Ice. 

“It’s not only about the quality of the product but it’s the unforgettable experience,” States Mclaurin. Sweet Xscape specializes in blending cereal-infused milkshakes, sundaes, Whadder ice, vegan treats and more.

Sweet Xscape’s premier item, “The Main Event”, is the reason Mclaurin purchased the Onan SD20 generator from Cummins. "We needed a generator with power, and big enough to operate our machine that runs at 16,000kw.  Cummins supplied exactly what we needed."

When Mclaurin began to ask around about generators, her ice cream vendor recommended the Onan SD20, sharing that she would need 16,000 watts in order to power her business. After having the opportunity to see the generator in action in a demo truck, she was sold and excited at the opportunity to realize her dream and bring a unique business to her city.

After thinking she would have to pull a string to crank the generator, Mclaurin was surprised about how easy the Onan SD20 was to operate. “The SD20 is very simple to operate. All you have to do is flip the switches on. After that, it prompts you on which buttons to push to get it running,” she explains. “Once connected to the system you no longer have to go outside the vehicle to get it started. It’s just the flip of a switch and the generator is up and running.”

Mclaurin sitting next to Onan SD20 generator placed inside the mobile business

Having the Onan SD20 allows Mclaurin to provide the ultimate soft serve ice cream experience. “The SD20 allows me to produce multiple cones which is the goal to get my customers served.”

Opening this summer, Sweet Xscapes’ season is just warming up. “Having a reliable generator, we’re not going to miss a beat. Imagine having peanut butter and jelly on an ice cream cone? Thanks to Cummins, we have it at The Sweet Xscape. This generator was well put together, easy to use, quiet and top tier.”

If you’re in need of a heavy-duty generator don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself to the Onan SD20.”

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

The future of commercial transportation


At the turn of the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president of the U.S. and a few years later Henry Ford debuted the Model T in Detroit, Michigan. Only few visionaries at that time may have imagined a future with an intricate highway system, carrying people and goods from one coast to another in a matter of days. Or trolleys and streetcars becoming massive urban busses, running hundreds of people around a city center. It wasn’t until 1912 that the first transnational truck delivery was made—by a five-man crew travelling from Philadelphia to Petaluma, California, to deliver a load of olive oil soap in a record time of 91 days.

The future of commercial transportation

Since that soap was delivered, trucking grew into being the lifeblood of our economy, moving essential goods, medical supplies, and other items. It kept re-inventing itself through the great depression, the growth of air transportation, and the rise of globalization. As e-commerce soared, trucking has once again re-invented, becoming an integral part of our modern lives too. Through this journey, road transportation has seen the adoption of such technologies as collision mitigation, electrification, and lower carbon fuels. As the commercial transportation industry faces rapidly changing regulations and evolving customer needs, advanced technology will pave the way to not only meet these requirements but exceed what we previously thought was possible. Looking ahead, the future of commercial transportation will be shaped by three perspectives: a shifting energy mix, innovations in software, and evolving use cases driven by autonomous driving and vehicle-as-a-service (VaaS).

First will be the shifting energy mix and reduced carbon intensity

The story starts within our cities, where the need and benefit for decarbonization is the highest. Cities also offer two circumstances to spur decarbonization: a dense population of transportation assets that share a common infrastructure and the use-cases that are easier to decarbonize, such as last-mile delivery.

For commercial transportation, the future of energy can be summed up simply: zero carbon emissions, well-to-wheel. This is the destination, driven by societal pressure and environmental needs. This will require a shift in energy mix, and the journey to decarbonize commercial transportation will be rooted in a comprehensive technology roadmap with three primary components: zero emissions technologies such as battery electric and fuel cell electric; low to zero carbon fuels; and fuel agnostic powertrain platforms.

The 2020s will be shaped by two trends: those that will make the leap to zero, and the rise of low to zero carbon fuels. Busses that operate in urban areas are leading the sector in making the leap to zero carbon emission solutions, at the tail pipe. Transportation emissions will decrease by ~1.4% in the U.S. when the majority of buses switch to zero carbon emission technologies. There is another overlooked benefit of busses leading the way towards zero carbon emissions: fast-tracking innovations. As more of our bus partners choose zero-emission technologies, we find innovative solutions to meet their needs. These learnings ready zero carbon emission technologies for other transportation use-cases sooner. When it comes to the rise of low to zero carbon fuels, renewable natural gas, biodiesel blends, and hydrogen will lead the way, and internal combustion engine technology will see improved efficiencies. Meanwhile, we also plan to make our new engines compatible with increasing blends of low carbon fuels. During this era, hydrogen engines may also gain traction among line haul trucking. The key to hydrogen adoption will be the cost parity of hydrogen to diesel and infrastructure for refueling.

In the 2030s, we will begin to see a marked scale-up of new technologies and fuels. Battery-electric and fuel cell electric solutions will be viable for more use cases, especially with urban vehicles. Meanwhile, alternative fuels such as renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen, and biodiesel blends could have global footprints. At a regional level, varying local availability of different feedstocks will keep less popular low to zero carbon fuels in play. For bio-derived fuels, an interesting dynamic could play out during this decade. Given these limited stock bio-derived fuels could be the only viable path to decarbonize aviation, we could likely see a limited use of them in road transportation. The 2030s will also be the decade we will learn more about the viability of synthetic fuels for commercial transportation. Cost, availability, and efficiency of energy pathways will be three of the key factors to watch-out.

In the 2040s, electrification will become more viable even for today’s hard-to-electrify use cases. For example, heavy-duty and line-haul trucks are challenging to electrify today, mainly because the energy density of today’s batteries and limited recharging infrastructure would interfere with the truck’s job. This may become less and less of an obstacle as technology and infrastructure continue to advance. As the vehicle electrification eliminates tank-to-wheel emissions, well-to-tank emissions will get increasing spotlight. The good news is, by 2040, renewable electricity is forecasted to account for over 60% of our electricity1. To get there will take doubling the investments in electricity industry, as a share of GDP, towards $1.2 trillion a year by the second half of the 2020s, and strong public and private partnerships.

A safer, more reliable, and efficient transportation powered by software

The commercial transportation sector has already begun a rapid period of software development, helping fleets avoid accidents, optimize their fuel usage, and identify the best routes. Going forward, safety will continue to be paramount; meanwhile, connectivity and software development will revolutionize condition monitoring and performance optimization. This revolution will take place at three levels: asset-level, system-level, and intermodal.

In the near future, asset-level connectivity will continue to be under a spotlight. For example, Cummins Inc. is already testing game-changing prognostic algorithms that leverage massive amounts of data to move customers away from reactive service models to predictive, planned maintenance. The idea is this: sensors in the vehicle monitor the way equipment is performing and report abnormalities. This allows us to detect potential issues early enough that the necessary action can be taken, either through over-the-air updates or at the next scheduled maintenance, so unplanned downtime is reduced, increasing the availability and reliability of the equipment.

Soon, we will see an increased focus on system-level connectivity, where emphasis will expand to managing the complete fleet and system elements such as distribution centers and refueling stations. With this, we will see the sector continue to drive automated decision making through an increased reliance on harnessing real time data and computing capabilities.

Connectivity and software development to revolutionize commercial transportation in three levels

Finally, intermodal connectivity will connect different modes of transportation. This will create a commercial transportation eco-system where individual assets among different modes of transportation such as road, rail, sea, and air are connected and operate in harmony.

Evolving commercial transportation use-cases driven by autonomous driving and vehicle-as-a-service (VaaS)

One of the things common between autonomous trucking and VaaS is they may both drive an evolution among commercial transportation use-cases, but at different scales.

Autonomous trucking may have more profound impact on transportation, as more vehicles start to communicate with each other and with infrastructure elements such as traffic signals and depots. A key outcome of the rise of autonomous trucking could be the competitiveness of trucking against other modes of transportation such as rail. Autonomous trucking could also impact the financials of the industry; as these vehicles will be highly utilized, which could lead to shorter replenishment cycles and lower volumes of vehicles to own. As the safety considerations are getting addressed, this and the increasing focus on system-level connectivity will also continue to shape the role of the drivers in autonomous vehicles.

Vehicle-as-a-service, on the other hand, may have a limited impact in commercial transportation. VaaS, which mirrors the efficiency model used by Uber and Airbnb, primarily relies on under-utilized assets. Meanwhile, commercial transportation is inherently different from privately-owned cars and homes, where a wealth of these under-utilized assets exists. In commercial transportation, there is not a large reserve of under-utilized assets. Therefore, the impact of VaaS in commercial transportation could be limited to two areas. Firstly, fleets with under-utilized vehicles could see improved efficiencies with VaaS. Secondly, VaaS could also find traction with fleets where access to financial resources is limited. In these use cases, the increasing cost of vehicles, due to a combination of decarbonization, advanced connectivity and autonomous features, could make it more difficult for fleets to spend high capex upfront. For these fleets, VaaS could be the more economically-viable path forward. There may also be use-cases where a combination of VaaS and advanced autonomy (without a driver) could address chronic driver shortage issues. Meanwhile, for fleets where utilization rates are already very high and access to finances is not an issue, the impact of VaaS will be limited.

Commercial transportation is certainly in a period of rapid change, but the sector has always pushed hard to ensure it would meet the needs of society. Today, those needs are increasingly demanding, and technology will once again rise to the challenge.


1 World Energy Outlook 2021 [PDF File]. International Energy Agency (2021). Retrieved from: 



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