Breaking: Tesla Semi is heading to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s three-week-long assessment for EV fleets.
The Tesla Semi truck is going to a three-week-long event organized by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) to evaluate electric vehicle fleets. Out of the 21 commercial electric trucks participating in the event, the Tesla Semi is the main focus.
The NACFE’s event is called “Run on Less – Electric DEPOT,” and it will monitor the performance and activities of these 21 electric trucks. They will closely examine the pros and cons of using battery electric trucks, including factors like how much electric energy and fuel each truck uses daily, and what this means for overall energy consumption when all Class 8 trucks switch to electric.
Here’s a list of the trucks being assessed:
- In Queens, New York, two Ford E-Transit vans for urban delivery by Frito-Lay.
- In Fresno, California, a Freightliner eCascadia and an Orange EV for local fruit and vegetable deliveries and terminal tractor tasks by OK Produce.
- In Ontario, California, a GM BrightDrop, a Navistar eMV, and a Freightliner eCascadia for various trucking duties by Penske.
- In Sacramento, California, two Tesla Semis for heavy-load long-haul transport by PepsiCo.
- In Commerce, California, two electric Volvo VNRs for short-haul routes by Performance Team.
- In Richmond, British Columbia, a Class 6 Motiv step van and a Ford E-Transit for business and residential package delivery by Purolator.
- In South El Monte, California, two Freightliner eCascadias for slip-seated drayage by Schneider.
- In Compton, California, a Freightliner Custom Chassis MT50e last mile step van and a Freightliner eCascadia for different duty cycles by UPS.
- In La Mirada, California, two Freightliner eCascadias for food delivery by US Foods.
- In Long Beach, California, a BYD 8TT tractor and a Nikola Tre BEV tractor for Port of Long Beach operations by WattEV.
Mike Roeth, the Executive Director of NACFE, mentioned that as the trucking industry moves towards reducing carbon emissions, many fleets are adopting electric vehicles, which come with benefits and challenges, particularly related to infrastructure and charging. However, leading fleets are addressing these challenges and sharing their experiences with the rest of the industry.
Among the 21 electric trucks, the Tesla Semi is taking the spotlight. The NACFE’s press release specifically mentions the Semi, with two units participating in the assessment. A recent video from the Run on Less event also highlighted the advantages of transitioning to an electric fleet at Pepsi’s Sacramento, California plant.
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