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TNT and Dong Feng Motor Launch Trial of Electric Delivery Vans

TNT, one of the world’s largest express and mail delivery services companies, and Dong Feng Motor Co. have begun a trial of battery-electric delivery vans in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, China.

The trial involves two light electric vans designed, manufactured and assembled in Wuhan by Dong Feng Motor, and is TNT’s first zero-emissions test outside of Europe.

The vans have a top speed of 80 kph (50 mph), a range of 160-200 km (100-124 miles) and can carry a one tonne load according to TNT’s CEO Peter Bakker.

TNT already runs several electric vehicles in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Benelux. TNT’s express division successfully tested a 7.5 tonne zero-emission electric truck in London for a year and is considering adding fifty more to its UK fleet. In Rotterdam, TNT is piloting two zero emission trucks in the city’s most congested areas.

TNT is also testing vehicles running on sustainable biofuels, bio-gas, or hydrogen in various countries, such as India, the Netherlands, and Germany.

(A hat-tip to John!)

Comments

Harvey D

One more step in the right direction. City delivery vehicles and city buses are excellent candidates for full electrifition. Common standardized quick charge stations could be established at or nearby existing gas stations.

Similar drive trains installed in compact small-mid size cars could meet the (second car) requirements of many suburban people to drive to work. A recharging boost, while at work, would give added assurance for the return trip.

Cervus

Urban and suburban delivery trucks will likely become the first big market for EVs as diesel approaches $5 a gallon.

realarms

@Cervus: In europe, diesel is above 7,50 USD (7.64 on average across all of europe, peaking 8,83 USD/gal in the UK), but you will not find a single truck manufacturer in europe offering idle-stop or electric hybrid drivetrains...

It might happen, but only if decision makers would be very sure that fuel would raise and keep at a (very) high price (ie. 10 USD/gal or more for >3-5 years).

Right now, even chrylser is betting their very existence on dropping fuel prices... (IMHO we'll see them vanish real soon now...)

Stan Wellaway

realarms -- Two UK makes of all-electric delivery trucks are in continuous production. In the past 6 months Smith EV, http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com and Modec, http://www.modec.co.uk have delivered several hundred trucks ranging from 3.5ton to 12ton. they are mainly bought by parcel delivery firms (DHL,TNT,UPS) and supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsburys), but a whole host of other urban depot-based fleet owners have also been buying them.

Both companies are bringing their electric vehicles to America. In Smith's case their Faraday model has been developed in cooperation with Ford, and will be based on the Ford F-series. Check out this set of seven youtube video clips describing the Smith range of electric trucks and vans http://www.youtube.com/user/cvsnec2008

Thomas Lankester

realarms -- following on from Stan Wellaway's comment, check out the NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) site at
http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/megatruck/ and
http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/media/bde29558/ALK1092_Commercial_Range_A4.pdf

The MegaTruck MultiTruck II is used by the cafe chain Pret a Manger and NICE are now offering the full Microvett range. There really are lots of EV lorry opportunities in the UK, especially around the London 'incubator'.

Thomas Lankester

realarms -- following on from Stan Wellaway's comment, check out the NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) site at
http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/megatruck/ and
http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/media/bde29558/ALK1092_Commercial_Range_A4.pdf

The MegaTruck MultiTruck II is used by the cafe chain Pret a Manger and NICE are now offering the full Microvett range. There really are lots of EV lorry opportunities in the UK, especially around the London 'incubator'.

Stan Wellaway

Also in the UK, several other EV makers are entering the commercial fleet field. The LDV Maxus range of vans (2.5t to 5t) will be available from July. A company called ZEV (part of Allied Vehicles Group) are offering electric versions of the Peugeot Boxer van range and the Renault Lobus 20-seater bus. A company called Zeroed is producing 3.5t to 9t delivery vans similar to Smith ones, and already has some in use with retail group Asda (part of Walmart) and Ocado (who do supermarket online deliveries for John Lewis/Waitrose).

The concept has been tried tested and proven over the past year or so, and is no longer in question - it works on a practical and economic level. The battle is now on to take market share in this sector.

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