Delivery vans might be the first vehicle segment to go 100% electric for several key reasons, including:
- A small number of large customers, e.g., shipping carriers
- A much lower total cost of ownership (TCO) which is key for fleet managers.
- They help companies like Amazon, UPS, FedEx and others achieve their corporate sustainability goals.
- Delivery vans typically only have a daily range need of less than 150 miles and so they can easily charge overnight with Level 2 charging and be ready to go again in the morning.
- And by my analysis, there are at least 21 electric delivery vans either currently available, or will be by 2023, in Europe & North America. (see table below)
This is an exciting though somewhat under the radar segment, with a combination of legacy van makers (Ford, GM, FCA, M-B, PSA Group, VW, etc) and several new market entrants (Rivian, Arrival, Workhorse, Xos, Chanje, Bollinger).