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Electric option for last-mile deliveries

Published: April 9, 2021

Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the e-commerce industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated it, causing significant shifts in consumer buying behaviours and establishing online shopping as another new normal for all of us.

As convenience, delivery speed, and efficiency continue to define customer experience, businesses researching the suitability of Electric Vehicles’ to carry out last-mile operations has also increased.

With convenience taking centre stage, so does the demand for fast, efficient, and consistent last-mile operations. EVs are ideally suited to the task. They are eco-friendly and offer significant cost-saving benefits to the logistic industry.

The logistics industry relies heavily on transportation, which translates into excessive fuel consumption throughout the whole supply chain journey. Using EVs to carry out last-mile deliveries, supply chain enterprises can instantly reduce their fuel consumption significantly.

EV Automotive Pty Ltd is an all Australian company entering the commercial fleet space as a new EV Van supplier.

In partnership with Skywell Industries, a predominantly Electric Bus manufacturer, they have created products to enhance the Australian logistics industry and meet growing corporate sustainability initiatives.

The EC11 Electric Van range finally offers solutions that the Australian market has been waiting for.

With full volume ADR certification and compliance now approved, the EC11 will be launched to the Australiasian market at the Brisbane Truck Show in May. The EC11 is set to become a game-changer to the last-mile logistic industry.

The EC11 is explicitly designed as an off the shelf solution. The E-CARGO does not need operators to compromise on capacities; with 12.3 cubic meters of cargo space and a 1.7t payload, the EC11 E-CARGO is suitable for the largest loads.

With a 12 seat capacity, the E-CREW minibus also promises to provide a viable electric solution to on-demand operators such as Pubs and Clubs for courtesy busses, NDIS providers, aged care and shuttle transfer providers.

Equipped with a 73.6 kWh battery, CCS Type 2 DC charging and a 22kw capacity AC onboard charger, the EC11 promises to offer the most flexible recharging options to operators.

A range of between 200- 300km (based on load) offers sufficient route coverage for daily use. If recharging at night, businesses can expect to refuel their feet of Electric Vans using offpeak power tariffs.

Simply put, just like a smartphone, electric vehicles can now be easily recharged when not in use.

Performance has not been overlooked either—the challenge to provide optimal power delivery without wasting valuable energy reserves.

The EC11 is quick off the mark with a respectable 60kW of power and 350Nm of torque; this quickly develops into 100kW and a massive 750Nm of pulling power, which’s almost twice the output of a comparably sized diesel competitor.

But the big question is whether it is ideal for business to adopt EVs in their last mile operations?

While all sorts of delivery businesses can easily implement an EV delivery fleet, the EC11 is most suited to companies that perform last-mile deliveries within a fixed and limited radius — such as retail delivery, home service businesses, groceries deliveries, organisations providing courtesy bus services etc.

Using an EV coupled with Telematics and other Artificial Intelligence systems, which accurately plan delivery routes and daily dispatches while driving lesser distances the costs savings are significant. In the end, it is all about driving smarter.

See EV Automotive Pty Ltd at Foyer level stand 061

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