Will the last mile delivery be electric?

Will the last mile delivery be electric?

The European Union wants to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from its 1990 levels by 2030¹. One of its issues are the high levels of CO2 emissions in urban areas. Part of the solution are electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs) for the last mile delivery. TIP Trailer Services France has been a pioneer since early 2017, championing eCLVs to the point where today it offers its fleet customers the opportunity of renting or leasing eLCVs.

Evolving city planning

City planners are investigating ways of improving air quality. They are looking to reduce congestion on city roads, which trucks often get delayed by, and the resulting CO2 emissions.

European cities have created about 200 “low emissions zones”. London was an early implementer of the “low emission zone” in 2008. It aims to go one step further with an “ultra-low emission zone” in 2019. Other cities including Paris, Athens, and Madrid plan to ban diesel vehicles from their centers by 2025. [source: JLL research report]

Last mile delivery – the future’s electric?

Among several initiatives to combat CO2 emission, eight of Europe’s largest cities including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam, and Stockholm have teamed up with the European Commission to run the FREVUE  project. FREVUE supports the introduction of electric freight vehicles to demonstrate and evaluate innovative urban logistics solutions. It seeks to establish “essentially CO2 free city logistics in major urban centers by 2030.” It argues that achieving this through electric vehicles (EVs) will simultaneously eliminate other harmful pollutants in city centers.

Why electric?

eLCVs vehicles are increasingly seen as a credible alternative to diesel-powered ones for last mile delivery. They can be smaller than trucks whilst retaining rear doors for loading. Small eLCVs are more maneuverable around narrow streets and have less impact on the environment than their diesel counterparts. To accelerate the growth of eLCV for last-mile deliveries, cities need to provide more charging facilities. [source: SupplyChainDive]

TIP France championing eLCVs 

Not content to have been an early adopter of eLCVs along with its long-established customer, DPD France, by testing them in Orléans over March 2017, TIP Trailer Services France has organised the third of its TIP Electric Tour conferences on the theme of “Electric vehicles for the last mile delivery: the challenges and solutions.” Partnering with Capitole Finance-Tofinso, this event took place in Toulouse in November 2017. Among the subjects discussed by the conference speakers were:

  • The eLCV market including the increased numbers of manufacturers in the eLCV leading to more attractive pricing; the arrival of refrigerated eLCVs; charging facilities.
  • French and European regulations and government incentives to purchase eLCVs.
  • The state of the charging facilities across France and interoperability between the different providers.
  • The future Renault Master ZE, its sustainable construction and the potential for recycling of its components.

Test driving TIP’s eLCVs

Like at previous TIP Electric Tour events in Marseille and Lyon, numerous customers from local authorities, road freight transport, and logistics companies were able to test drive the TIP range of electric vehicles.

TIP’s eLCV range today

TIP France can now offer eLCVs to its customers on a short-term rental of less than a year or on a long-term leasing basis (1 to 10 years). The long-term lease includes maintenance and repair. Customers benefit from TIP’s extensive fleet management experience, its network of workshops across France that can service electric vehicles; its expertise in telematics and remote access maintenance; reporting.

TIP can also buy conventional LCVs and dispose of them as part of a part-exchange option.

Experience an electric last mile delivery with TIP

For more information on how you can experience an electric last mile delivery through TIP’s eLCV offer, please contact your local TIP Trailer Services manager using this form.

¹ Source: “Towards low-emission EU mobility” Briefing March 2017 by the European Parliament

2 replies
  1. jyoti sharma
    jyoti sharma says:

    Last mile experience Now that distribution centers are closer to the point of delivery, vehicles don’t need to travel long distances. This makes it likely for businesses to adopt EVs for last mile deliveries. The limited range of electric vehicles is generally a constraint in logistics.

  2. pramod singh
    pramod singh says:

    Last mile encounter Now that dissemination focuses are nearer to the point of conveyance, vehicles don’t have to movement long separations. This makes it likely for organizations to embrace EVs for last mile conveyances. The restricted scope of electric vehicles is by and large a limitation in coordinations.


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