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NACFE announces 13 fleets participating in Run on Less – Electric

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

This fall, 13 fleets will take part in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) Run on Less – Electric: a real-world demonstration of zero-emissions goods movement.

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The following fleets are helping NACFE and partner RMI showcase the benefits and discuss the challenges of electric trucks:

  • Alpha Baking Co. operating a Workhorse C1000 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Anheuser-Busch using a BYD tractor in the Los Angeles area
  • Biagi Brothers operating a Peterbilt 579EV out of Sonoma, California
  • Cardenas Inc. using an Xos van in Ventura, California
  • NFI using a Volvo VNR Electric out of Chino, California
  • Penske operating a Freightliner eCascadia in Los Angeles
  • PepsiCo’s Frito Lay Division using a Cummins box truck in Modesto, California
  • Purolator operating a Motiv-powered step van in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Roush Fenway Racing using a ROUSH CleanTech truck out of Concord, North Carolina
  • Ruan using an Orange EV terminal tractor in Otsego, Minnesota
  • Ryder System, Inc. using a Lonestar Specialty Vehicles terminal tractor in Georgetown, Kentucky
  • SAQ: Quebec Liquor Board operating a LION8 truck in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • TBD operating a Lightning eMotors truck in the New York City area

There are three vans, three medium-duty box trucks, a heavy-duty truck and four heavy-duty tractors in drayage and regional haul and two terminal tractors. Six operate in California, two in Canada and five more in rest of the U.S. They are delivering home goods, beer, wine and liquor, baked goods, snacks, groceries, auto parts, mail, packages and general freight.

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The three-week event will start on Sept. 3 at ACT Expo and will feature metrics and daily real-world stories on runonless.com. The run’s finale will take place at the North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta Sept. 27-30.

Title sponsors include Dana, Meritor and Shell, with others sponsoring individual elements of the run as well. Recognizing that the move to electric vehicles takes more than just changes in engines and equipment, one element of Shell’s support of the program will be to provide Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) equal to the total energy usage of all of the participating battery electric vehicles.

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