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Industry Engagement Director North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

Electric/hybrid MD & HD commercial trucks are just entering the marketplace. With over 3 decades of experience introducing new technologies to the trucking industry, it is a pleasure to be...

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The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI’s latest research shows that vans and step vans in the US and Canada are 100% electrifiable today. The report Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case for Vans and Step Vans released today calculates that electrification of vans and step vans would result in the avoidance of about 43.5 million tons of CO2e annually, equivalent to removing nearly 5 billion gallons of gasoline from our economy per year. Vans and step vans, most easily recognizable as package delivery vehicles, constitute about half of all registered commercial vehicles in North America.

In a volatile energy market, these findings are even more compelling. Shifting to electric package delivery vehicles is not only feasible and beneficial for climate action, but also will make a significant impact on decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. Electricity, especially in the context of other fuel types, is less volatile and less expensive than gasoline.

E-commerce is creating significant growth in the trucking sector this decade. The case for electrification includes cost analysis of the vehicles themselves, energy usage, maintenance and sustainability metrics. Moreover, NACFE’s market research and analysis also found that switching to electric commercial vehicles would have benefits for the health, safety and productivity of drivers.

While the electric transition for these vehicles will not be easy or happen overnight, vans provide the most compelling argument for immediate electrification. Companies that hesitate to electrify their van and step van fleets, or those who further invest in fossil fuel, risk stranded assets.

The report uses findings gathered from the real-world truck demonstration, Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E), conducted in September of 2021. It shares the methods used to select the participating fleets, routes, and equipment, the metrics that were measured, and details of the Run’s findings and lessons learned.

 

 

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Jim Stack on Apr 15, 2022

Any vehicle that runs on electricity is 4 times more efficient than gas or diesel. A van and truck used compared to gas/diesel  is also more reliable and saves brakes along with not needing a transmission is a really good move. They have lots of torque too. 

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David Schaller on Apr 16, 2022

For people that want to compare the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a battery electric truck versus an ICE (gas or diesel) truck, NACFE has a free spreadsheet at the bottom of this web page: Medium-Duty Electric Trucks: Cost of Ownership - North American Council for Freight Efficiency (nacfe.org). Truck fleets buy their vehicles to do a specific task or set of tasks and expect to turn a profit while doing them.

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