The Electrification Coalition (EC) and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) have launched an initiative to develop a commercial freight and goods delivery pilot project that helps companies overcome real-world challenges and effectively deploy medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles. The EC is working closely with corporate partners and program stakeholders to identify challenges and barriers to electrification, best practices and policy opportunities that support successful deployment and operation, and opportunities to scale electrification across the freight and goods delivery industry.
Multi-Year Pilot Project
SAFE and the EC believe that the electrification of freight and goods delivery will play an integral role in reducing the economic and national security dangers posed by oil dependence, but widespread adoption will take decades to achieve unless supportive policies are implemented and lessons learned from early deployment projects can be widely shared. We have an extensive track record of effective on-the-ground deployment initiatives and in producing insightful policy reports with well-thought out policy recommendations. This experience is being leveraged for this project to broaden the scope of an electrified transportation system, inclusive of freight and goods delivery vehicles.
During the program’s first phase, the EC spoke with key potential partners through a “listening tour” and a roundtable, which helped inform the program. Electrification finance and leasing options were assessed to reduce some of the perceived financial risks associated with vehicle electrification, encouraging logistics companies and smaller fleets to consider participating in the pilot program. The EC assessed top locations for the pilot program, coordinated an infrastructure deployment plan, conducted risk analyses. Finally, project work teams were created for infrastructure development, vehicle procurement, stakeholder coordination, communications, and policy support. They are led by SAFE/EC staff and include the local stakeholders.
We are now working on the program’s second phase as detailed to the right.
Expanding the Project
To maximize program impacts, the EC and SAFE are already looking for ways to expand the program and its impacts. This includes seeking funding to support the program on an ongoing basis.
Following delivery of the vehicles, we expect to host a public launch event for the pilot program. This event is a critical component of our strategy to educate the public, policymakers, and future corporate partner targets on the importance of freight electrification. After the vehicles are placed into service, we will address any programmatic challenges, collect data from the initial pilot, generate content for continued media coverage, and lead the overall pilot coordination. We will also engage the fleet owner and corporate partners to discuss the possibility of expanding the pilot program to include additional electrification options.
As we reach the end of the second phase, we may document the experience and create case studies to be shared with other advocates, state and regional policymakers, including the PUCs, and industry including other commercial fleets, vehicle lease companies, utilities etc.