Smart city transportation infrastructure is backing drivers as they shift to a more sustainable lifestyle.
While light-duty electric vehicle (EV) sales increase, the adoption of medium- and heavy-duty EVs is expected to launch comprehensive transportation changes for urban areas and the nation. From transit buses to refuse trucks, shuttles to delivery vans, heavy-duty vehicles move people and goods throughout every city in the world.
What makes the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market well-suited for electrification? The answer lies in the shared operating model of companies reliant on fleet services — city transit and school buses, municipal refuse trucks, urban delivery trucks and more, which utilize a similar transport model to capitalize on electric power.
- Return-to-base routes: Vehicles that drive a defined route and return to a depot for EV charging can benefit from electrification.
- Stop-and-go driving: Heavy-duty trucks that stop-and-start as part of their mode of operation can utilize regenerative braking for ongoing EV vehicle charging.
- Lower driving speeds: Urban transport and delivery vehicles tend to drive slower, which can be accommodated with current EV battery ranges.
- Defined mileage: EV battery and engine technologies are ideal for transport or delivery routes in a 50- to 150-mile cycle range.
- Vehicle size: Larger medium- and heavy-duty trucks and vans can accommodate EV battery size and weight.
Commercial companies can realize lower fuel costs, reduced maintenance spending and increased reliability with smart transportation planning using battery-powered vehicles.
For smart cities and utilities, evaluating the impact on the electrical grid, EV charging capacity needs, transmission and distribution upgrades, and grid stability measures are critical considerations. Thoughtful and strategic evaluation, planning and installation of the necessary supporting infrastructure are all key to unlocking opportunities.
Progressive organizations are embracing smart transportation strategies to accelerate sustainability and benefit the environments in which they operate.
- Staples has added more than 50 all-electric Class 6 delivery trucks to its fleet.
- Frito-Lay has incorporated more than 270 electric trucks into its fleet, with support from a company network of enhanced charging stations.
- FedEx has incorporated more than 100 all-electric commercial trucks into its global fleet with plans to add more.
- AT&T utilizes more than 3,000 hybrid-electric, all-electric and extended-range EVs.