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Commercial electric trucks come with business opportunities – ITREALMS

The commercialization of electric trucks may be new but has the world of potential business opportunities, thus, no longer speculation, reports ITREALMS.

According to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) second guidance report on electric trucks tagged, ‘Guidance Report: Medium-Duty Electric Trucks: Cost of Ownership,’ offers an unbiased study, which detailed the multiple factors to consider in selecting medium-duty commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs), with attention to considering all of the cost/benefit factors in estimating return on investment.

Disclosing this, the Executive Director, NACFE, Mike Roeth, told ITREALMS that electric trucks present a new world of potential business opportunities and are no longer speculation.

“Fleets choosing electric trucks today will get on the learning curve ahead of those that wait” he said.

Director, Fleet Operations for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. Larry Smith, said, the commercial electric-powered trucks are real as evident with the FUSO eCanter trucks in operation today.

“Our trucks are deployed with customers in highly urban areas where that environment makes it possible to predict daily ranges and coordinate the most efficient vehicle charging opportunity” he said.

More specifically, the report found that daily, return-to-base urban cycles below 100 miles are well suited for battery electric drivetrains and that the primary justification of CBEVs is to meet zero emissions objectives.

 “Medium-duty vehicles with one-shift-per-day operations offer the most straightforward application for battery electric vehicles; as trucks sit idle for long enough periods of time, they can be charged at cost-effective rates and with fewer infrastructure demands,” said Keshav Sondhi, Director, Fleet Engineering and Sustainability PepsiCo, Inc.

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