Class 6 GVW trucks now operating in commercial fleets now have an average 21.2-year lifespan due to their reliability, durability, and use in a variety of applications, according to WorkTruckOnline.com.
Class 6 vehicles now have the longest lifespan of any commercial trucks, where fleets are keeping their medium-duty trucks longer. The average age of commercial vehicles among Class 4-8 vehicles has reached 14.8 years, an increase from the 12.5 years in 2007, an 18.4% increase, according to Gary Meteer, director of commercial vehicle solutions.
At the other end of the spectrum, Class 5 trucks are now the youngest truck class with an average age of 11.8 years as a result of this segment of trucks having historically low demand, Meteer said.
The truck market is at its highest levels since the 2008-’09 economic downturn with more than 7.9 million commercial vehicles on the road in the U.S. through June, including 3.5 million Class 8 vehicles, 1.5 million Class 7 trucks, and 1.4 million Class 6 trucks.