More than half of American utility vehicles are electrifiable today

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and the latest RMI research shows that minivans and minivans in the US and Canada are 100% electrifiable today. The report Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case for Pickups and Step-Up Pickups released today calculates that electrifying vans and vans would save around 43.5 million tonnes of CO2e annual emissions, which is equivalent to removing nearly 5 billion gallons of gasoline from our economy per year. Vans and step vans, more easily recognizable as parcel delivery vehicles, make up about half of all registered commercial vehicles in North America.

In a volatile energy market, these findings are even more compelling. 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 our reliance on foreign oil. Electricity, especially in the context of other fuel types, is less volatile and cheaper than gasoline.

“As little as five years ago, I would have questioned the feasibility of electrifying North American minivan and minivan fleets,” said Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE. “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. “

We should seize this opportunity to electrify delivery vehicles, which will save money and drastically reduce emissions while advancing decisive climate action.said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of RMI. “Transportation is the most emitting sector in the United States and, as we saw in the recent IPCC report [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, decarbonization is a very cost-effective route to mitigating climate impacts. This sector is a first key opportunity.

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 market research and analysis found that switching to electric utility vehicles would have benefits for the health, safety and productivity of their drivers.

“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. “A lot of them go to the new trucks that we have, knowing that it’s the best truck we have, and it’s going to drive the way they want it to, and they can have the best ride while they’re driving. they work there.”

While the electric transition for these vehicles won’t be easy or overnight, pickup trucks provide the most compelling argument for immediate electrification. Companies that are reluctant to electrify their fleets of minivans and minivans, or those that invest more in fossil fuels, risk having stranded assets.

© 2022 Institute of the Rockies. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI socket.




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