2021 will be a big year for the EV world! Some cars that were delayed due to COVID-19 will finally start delivery this year. But electrification is not just for personal vehicles. New and well-established vehicle manufacturers are announcing new EVs for fleets. And with President Biden’s plans to electrify the federal fleet of 650,000 vehicles, fleet managers and property managers are already gearing up for electric upgrades. Here are a few types of fleet vehicles to watch.
Light Duty Cars and Sedans
Some businesses and governments have already begun the electric transition. Several police departments have bought Tesla cars for EV pilot programs. The Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are among the approved vehicle options on the Federal GSA list for government fleets. Some electrical and general contractors are already using electric sedans or SUVs, while others are waiting for the release of the electric pickups such as the Ford F-150, Rivian R1T, or Lordstown Endurance.
One reason why fleet managers have already begun electrification of light duty fleets? Cost savings. In Bargersville, Indiana, a Model 3 cost $6,755 less in fuel and maintenance than a gasoline car in the same police fleet in 2019. In six years, the municipality expects to save $21,000. And in Fremont, California, where a police department bought and upgraded a Model S, the city expects to save around $27,000 over five years and 90,000 miles. With lower fuel and maintenance costs, electric cars are the best choice for a fleet manager’s budget.
Delivery vans are the top trend for electric fleets this year! In recent news, the US Postal Service recently chose Oshkosh for its new fleet, which will include both internal combustion engine and battery electric vehicles. Amazon is converting its delivery fleet and has already started to make deliveries with custom Rivian delivery vans. Arrival is providing electric vans to UPS, and Workhorse will build vans for Canada-based Pride Group Enterprises. But it’s not just EV startups that are building electric vans. We’re also looking forward to electrified favorites such as 2022 Ford E-Transit, GM’s BrightDrop EV600, and Mercedes-Benz’s electric Sprinter.
School and transit buses are electrifying! Many districts are making the switch to promote local clean air, and some states allocated their VW mitigation funding toward buses. The largest electric bus company, Proterra integrate its electric powertrain with buses from leading manufacturers such as Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner. Having recently announced a large order from Montgomery County Public Schools, Proterra offers electric school buses, coach buses, shuttle buses, and transit buses. BYD offers a number of electric transit, motor coach, and double decker electric buses. Other electric bus companies in recent news also include Lion Electric, Arrival, and New Flyer.
Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks
Some of the same companies build both medium and heavy duty trucks. Not only is BYD making electric buses, but their electric truck offerings also include Class 6 and Class 8 garbage trucks, Class 8 day cabs, terminal tractors, and Class 6 trucks. Volvo currently offers the Class 8 VNR Electric, but they say they plan to release a complete range of electric trucks later this year. Daimler Freightliner offers the medium-duty eM2 and the heavy duty eCascadia trucks for commercial fleets. Peterbilt offers the electric Class 6/Class 7 Model 220EV medium duty truck, Model 579 day cab, and Model 520EV refuse truck. And of course, we’re looking forward to the upcoming Tesla Semi truck.
There are many more electric vehicles that could not be mentioned in a single blog post, but we’re excited about the new offerings from commercial fleet manufacturers new and established. Are you converting to an electric fleet? SemaConnect is your solution for charging your EV fleet. Click here to get started!