In times of ever-growing e-commerce and last mile delivery needs, it is becoming obvious that transitioning to electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs) is not only the best decision for the environment, but also a smart investment. Cities across Europe continue to implement more and stricter low or zero emission zones (LEZs) and companies cannot afford to be denied entry to conduct their daily business.
Electrification provides a reduction in emissions, but also an opportunity to get ahead of the current environmental concerns and carry on with your business as usual. Read on to discover the benefits of eLCVs, and how TIP can help you start your sustainable journey.
In 2019, the transport sector was responsible for nearly 30% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions, majority of which (72%) came from road transportation (source: European Environment Agency). Transport emissions need to decrease drastically to put Europe on the path to true climate neutrality.
As last-mile delivery is expected to grow due to the rise of e-commerce, eLCVs emerge as a promising low-emission solution. Electrifying existing fleets could lead to a 3% reduction total transport CO2 emissions by 2030 (source: Tsakalidis et al., 2020). However, the environmental benefits of eLCVs go beyond carbon emission reduction.
Air pollution has a negative impact on the natural environment and is detrimental for human health, leading to respiratory problems and worsening the symptoms of cardiovascular disease. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 4.2 million people die annually as a result of exposure to outdoor air pollution (source: WHO).
Switching to eLCVs could help offset this, especially for pollutant emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). In the case of PM, this can translate to reductions in concentrations by nearly 2% in several urban areas by 2030 (source: Tsakalidis et al., 2020).
Corporate benefits: Entering LEZs
EU governments are keen to encourage the switch towards a more sustainable future. In that vein, there are numerous grants, tax credits and rebates available to help you accomplish the transition towards electric fleets (source: European Commission). With these various incentive programmes peaking now, it’s the perfect time to leverage such financial benefits.
eLCVs show favourable performance specifically for last-mile deliveries, resulting not only in the decrease of your fleet’s CO2 emissions, but also contributing towards meeting your air quality targets and preparing you for the rise of LEZs across Europe.
While it can seem intimidating to invest in eLCVs, the decision-making should look to the future and consider the savings that can be made in everyday running costs. eLCVs not only deliver decreased CO2 emissions, but they also benefit from a lower cost-per-kilometre, delivering lower maintenance costs, thus resulting in more time on the road rather than in M&R.
Finally, switching to an electric vehicle fleet will help boost your reputation as a responsible and green market leader, helping you gain competitive advantage.
Start your green journey with TIP
At TIP we have added eLCV vehicles into our fleet, available mainly in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, UK and the Nordics. This is only the beginning, with more to come! Check out our offer here. We provide holistic support – from the initial analysis and charging infrastructure solutions, to vehicle choice and handover assistance.
This new offer also includes tailored services, including predictive maintenance 4.0, remote diagnostics and 24/7 roadside assistance, and digital solutions that enable intelligent logistics based on telematics. With this offer, you can count on us for on-site audits, as well as battery recycling.
The addition of eLCVs to our fleet provides us with the opportunity to help our customers on their green journey. When it comes to sustainable driving technologies, we provide the first scalable solution with maximum flexibility and risk reduction regarding investment and volume forecasting.
Investing in eLCVs is the first step towards your greener, more sustainable fleet. It’s not only a smart economic decision, but also one that will ensure there is a future for generations to come. Don’t hesitate and reach out to us – let's start your sustainable journey together!
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