This year’s show floor was electric — literally — with about 20 manufacturers exhibiting electric vehicles or electric chassis. Connected technologies, product enhancements for the final mile, lightweighting and aerodynamics improvements, and new fleet electrification services also grabbed the spotlight.
Fleets looking to order an F-150 Lightning in the first wave must have entered their interest as a “hand-raiser” with a valid FIN on Ford’s website. Additional reservation holders will be invited in phases to order over the next few months.
With the need to minimize carbon footprints, match the right fleet vehicle to the task, and maneuver in increasingly congested areas, fleets could use the FUV from Arcimoto in a growing number of niche applications. Mark Frohnmayer, the company’s founder and CEO, lays out the plan.
This year’s agenda had a heavy focus on electrification, but also on the growth of autonomous transportation, the transformation of the automotive supply chain, using predictive analytics to drive efficiencies in maintenance, and how to harness data for multiple fleet processes.
Ford Pro Charging’s Muffi Ghadiali explains how increasing grid demands necessitate fleets and utilities working together to reduce peak load with local battery storage, renewables, and bidirectional power from EVs themselves.
Learn how fleets can start taking steps towards electrification as Chris Brown sits down with Eric Foellmer of XL Fleet to discuss all the options in this episode of Fleet Momentum.
A day after filing an amended 10-K that casts doubt on the electric-truck maker’s survival into 2022, the company said it has “multiple avenues to raise capital."
The answers will dictate site design, energy management considerations, software needs, home charging requirements, and fleet policy updates. Without the proper attention, fleet operators face ballooning and unexpected costs.
The virtual conference presented deep dives on how data is fostering intelligent fleets. The seminars, panel discussions, and networking sessions covered connected cars, electrification suitability, OEM-embedded modems, telematics market trends, the rise of third-party data integrators, the migration to 5G, and video telematics.
How efficient is an all-electric Class 6 delivery truck in its regular duty cycle with payloads up to 11,000 lbs.? Weight is less of an EV range inhibitor than you’d think.
How do you produce an electric commercial vehicle for $20,000? Make it lightweight and use patented robotic wheels to deliver a smooth ride. Then create a fintech ecosystem to lower delivery drivers’ cost per mile.
A lifecycle analysis by Vincentric found that total cost of ownership (TCO) for electric vehicles underperforms plug-in hybrid electric and traditional hybrid model counterparts. Running EVs more miles per year has a substantive positive impact on TCO.
As fleet operators adjust duty cycles for commercial electric vehicles, they must consider weight, vehicle modifications, environment, and EV-specific factors. How will published and projected specs compare to the real world?
With BrightDrop, GM is creating a new business to develop the commercial electric vehicle ecosystem. This includes a new electric delivery vehicle and support for infrastructure, logistics, and service planning — as well as an entirely new sales and service network.
With V2G, your electric fleet vehicles could act as backup energy when the grid goes down, and you may even be compensated for the power they give back. What are we waiting for?