Medium-Duty at Large: Velocity EV on fleet electrification

Medium-Duty at Large: Velocity EV on fleet electrification

Hot off the presses, it's episode #1 of Medium-Duty at Large! We talk with Velocity EV to see how electric trucks are being put to work.

Can you feel it? Something electrifying in the air … the hairs on the back of your neck shooting up, screaming that something is right behind you. You try to keep moving forward, maybe if you don’t notice it, that means it isn’t there. But you can’t ignore it anymore, you turn around, your heart drops, and out of the darkness—it’s a brand new video series from Fleet Equipment! Break out the champagne but save it for after your shift, we’re getting to work in the inaugural episode of our new series Medium-Duty at Large, our small show about a big industry.

Today, hosts Kevin Linger and Jason Morgan are addressing the real electrification in the air—more EV work trucks are being rolled out. Unlike the futuristic spaceship styling of some EV sedans, you may not even know that some of the trucks being used in your city are any different than their gas or diesel counterparts.

“Electrification of the commercial vehicle industry is a big task, I think customers should not be afraid to partner, to ask questions—there are no stupid questions. It’s a big transition that we all go through together,” said Alex Voets, general manager of Velocity EV, distributor of Daimler Trucks’ Rizon brand. Voets, kind enough to be the first guest on our new series, explained that your fleet will need to be ready for anything on the journey to electrification.

“I always advise customers start small, start with something that is easily comprehensible, where you get quick driver feedback, where you don’t have to make all the investments up front, be it with charging or other things. Start learning and be ready to change course, because it is not something where you can plan everything out up front and then execute. You certainly will have to adjust your path as you learn more and more.”

Voets also discussed the new Rizon EV trucks that recently hit California streets, when to use AC vs. DC charging, challenges of meeting the broad category of needs across in the medium-duty industry, how legislation shapes EV demand and more.

Stick around to the end to see the surprise we snuck into the studio for this special kickoff episode.

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