EV study proves green benefits for fleets

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

U.S. and Canadian fleets could eliminate about 100 million metric tons (or one megatonne) of CO2 emissions by adopting electric vehicles.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has released data proving that four market segments in trucking are ready to go electric. A detailed report, Electric Trucks Have Arrived: Documenting a Real-World Electric Trucking Demonstration, documents NACFE’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) demonstration, which was conducted in September of 2021. It shares the methods used to select the participating fleets, routes and equipment, as well as what was measured and details of the run’s findings and lessons learned.

“We expect that this work will encourage fleets to explore the deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs) in their operations where they make sense. This will help manufacturers to improve their products for quicker return on investment, and help others to better support the efforts of the trucking industry to progress the use of CBEVs,” says Mike Roeth, NACFE’s executive director.

For more details on the report’s findings check out the February 2022 print edition of Inside Logistics

The report documents the four market segments in which fleets are having success with CBEVs: vans and step vans, medium-duty box trucks, terminal tractors and heavy-duty regional haul tractors. Throughout the run, NACFE tracked vehicle operations continuously via a digital tracking device, and updated metrics in real-time via a public website with the ability to view results by day or over a span of days.

“It’s not the technology of the future. It is technology for now. Manufacturers are going into production starting now and over the next several years,” says Tim Farney, vice-president, global sales, Dana Inc., Commercial Vehicle Division.

The report includes information on state of charge, daily range, speed profiles, regenerative braking recovery, number of deliveries, charging rate, energy consumption, trucking activity, energy-in per day, energy-out per day and weather conditions. It also documents driver reaction, regional factors that impact CBEVs, maintenance and the role of utilities in the successful deployment of CBEVs.

NACFE also enumerated 23 lessons learned in five categories — charging, measuring performance, standards, operations and utilities.