Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - February 27, 2023
Nissan Tests Electric Heavy-duty Trucks For Delivery
Nissan is using two battery electric vehicle (BEV) heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks to deliver new vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships in the Los Angeles region.
Two major manufacturers of electric heavy-duty trucks, Nikola and Kenworth, will each provide trucks that will pull traditional car haulers. The program is being conducted in collaboration with logistics partner Avant-Garde Auto Logistics LLC, a woman-owned transportation company headquartered in Smyrna, Tenn.
Nissan collaborated with current logistics partner Wallenius Wilhelmsen to install a charging solution to support the trucks operating from the Port of Los Angeles.
“Exploring the use of BEV trucks for new vehicle delivery is an important milestone in our journey toward carbon neutrality throughout our business,” said Chris Styles, vice president, Supply Chain Management, Nissan North America in a statement. “By being an early adopter of this technology, we’re showcasing our innovative spirit and positioning ourselves to meet our long-term goals for zero-tailpipe-emission transportation.”
Following the initial trial with four BEV car hauler trucks, Nissan plans to deploy additional trucks in the Los Angeles area. Nissan could eventually begin using BEV trucks for a variety of logistics uses.
Along with launching EVs, Nissan is looking for opportunities to reduce emissions from other parts of its business. As part of the company’s Ambition 2030 plan, Nissan has a target of 40% of its U.S. sales being electric by 2030.
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