The first full report documenting North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) Run on Less – Electric demonstration, Electric Trucks Have Arrived: Documenting a Real-World Electric Trucking Demonstration, is now available. It shares the methods used to select the participating fleets, routes, and equipment, and metrics that measured the 13 participating pairs of fleets and OEMs (original equipment manufacturer).
The report focuses on why NACFE decided the time was right for a Run with all electric trucks, our efforts leading up to the Run, details of the event, the metrics that were digitally tracked and measured, and the total cost of ownership (TCO) for commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs).
The report outlines how RoL-E demonstrated that for four market segments; vans and step vans, medium-duty box trucks, terminal tractors and heavy-duty regional haul tractors, the technology is mature enough for fleets to be making investments in production CBEVs. Continuous improvement is expected to be rapid as these technologies gain market share. The environmental benefit of reduced CO2 and particulate emissions is significant for replacing traditional diesel and gasoline-based vehicles.
Thirteen fleet-OEM pairs participated in the Run:
- Anheuser-Busch with a BYD tractor
- Frito-Lay with a Cummins box truck
- Penske with a Freightliner eCascadia
- NFI with a Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor
- DHL with a Lightning eMotors van
- Day & Ross with a Lion6 truck
- Ryder with a Lonestar Specialty Vehicles terminal tractor
- Purolator with a Motiv-Powered step van
- Ruan with an Orange EV terminal tractor
- Biagi Bros. with a Peterbilt 579EV
- Roush Fenway Racing with a ROUSH CleanTech truck
- NFI with a Volvo VNR
Servall Electric with a Workhorse C1000
NACFE expects this work to encourage fleets to explore the deployment of CBEVs in their operations where they make sense, for manufacturers to improve their products for quicker return on investment, and for others to better support the efforts of the trucking industry to progress the use of CBEVs.