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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency, in partnership with RMI, provided an update on Run on Less — Electric, a three-week real-world demonstration with 13 vehicles performing zero-emission goods movement, during ACT Expo.
Participating vehicles set off on their demonstration Sept. 3, and are now on the road. The trucks fall into Classes 3-8 and include three vans, three medium-duty box trucks, a heavy-duty truck, four heavy-duty tractors in drayage and regional haul, and two terminal tractors in the demonstration.
Through an earlier online Electric Truck Boot Camp and interviews with fleets, manufacturers, drivers and other interested parties, NACFE talked to 91 people while conducting fleet interviews leading up to Run on Less — Electric. It identified some preliminary findings about electric trucks, which it hopes to validate and confirm with real-world data.
NACFE said a summary of the preliminary findings, among other data, included:
- Early adopters of electric vehicles are validating an acceptable total cost of ownership in urban medium-duty vans and trucks, terminal tractors and short regional haul applications.
- EV adoption is occurring throughout North America, but longer-haul, heavy-duty semitruck usage has been somewhat limited to California.
- There are benefits to EVs (quiet operation and reliability) as well as the challenges (infrastructure and range).
- The industry needs to develop standards in the areas of charging, repair, maintenance and training.
- More thought is needed on the best way to gather and manage the necessary data for fleets and manufacturers to measure and monitor their EVs.
NACFE is collecting data from each of the vehicles and updating metrics as well as posting stories daily on the Run on Less — Electric website.
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