NACFE: Vans and Pedal Van Segment Ripe for Electrification – Ecofuel


“A lot of [couriers] gravitate towards the new [electric] trucks we have knowing this is the best truck we have,” said Gordon Culver, Senior Director of Operations at DHL.

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According to the latest research from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and RMI, minivans and step vans, which make up about half of all commercial vehicles registered in North America, are 100% electrifiable.

The report “Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case for Vans and Step Vans” calculates that electrifying vans and vans would avoid approximately 43.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which is equivalent to eliminating nearly 5 billion gallons of gasoline. of our economy per year.

The report concludes that the shift to electric parcel delivery vehicles is not only feasible and beneficial for climate action, but will also have a significant impact on reducing North America’s dependence on foreign oil. Electricity, especially in the context of other fuel types, is less volatile and less expensive than gasoline, according to the report.

“As little as five years ago, I would have questioned the feasibility of electrifying North American minivan and minivan fleets,” NACFE executive director Mike Roeth said in a press release. “The transition to cost parity has happened faster than most of us anticipated, and I am as surprised as many to announce today that the electricity market has arrived. “

RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst said transportation is the highest-emitting sector in the United States and fleets should “jump at this opportunity to electrify delivery vehicles, which will save money.” money and dramatically reduce emissions while advancing decisive climate action.”

E-commerce creates significant growth in the trucking industry during this decade. The electrification case includes analysis of the costs of the vehicles themselves, energy consumption, maintenance and durability parameters. Additionally, NACFE’s market research and analysis also found that switching to electric utility vehicles would have benefits for driver health, safety and productivity.

“For a long time, our couriers would actively seek out a gas-powered vehicle if they could because they knew exactly what they were going to get. This is no longer the case,” said Gordon Culver, senior director of operations at DHL. “Many of them gravitate towards the new [electric] trucks that we have knowing it’s the best truck we have, and it’s going to drive the way they want it to, and they can have the nicest ride while they’re working there. »

While the electric transition for these vehicles won’t be easy or happen overnight, pickup trucks provide the most compelling argument for immediate electrification, NACFE officials said.

The report uses results collected during the real-world truck demonstration, Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E), conducted in September 2021.