Run on Less – Electric – a three-week demonstration organized by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), featured 13 electric trucks – including two in Canada – recently concluded.
The organization says there are about 5.2 million active trucks in the U.S. and Canada within the four segments represented in Run on Less: vans/step vans; medium-duty box trucks; terminal tractors; and regional tractors, reports Trucknews.com.
Looking at their duty cycles and mileage, NACFE says there is potential to remove about 100 million metric tons of CO2 from the trucking sector, equal to shutting down about 25 coal-fired power plants.
“We believe all those trucks in this population are electrifiable,” said Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE, said.
Rob Reich, executive vice-president of Schneider, one of the participating fleets, said a key finding was that “there’s absolutely ways to [electrify] today. The opportunity to move faster and more aggressively is what Run on Less – Electric presents us.”
Canadian participants included Purolator, running a Motiv-powered step van, and Day & Ross, which deployed a Lion6 box truck.
“The first step is simply taking a look at your current network characteristics,” said Reich. “The other half is working with your customers. We know the shipper community is equally interested in sustainability and the future of battery-electric vehicles.”
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