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A New Pilot Project Is Bringing Electric Delivery Trucks To Texas

One market where electric vehicles are well-positioned to make headway are delivery trucks in local, urban areas. And thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy, a partnership in Texas is looking to take advantage of that possibility by deploying 30 electric delivery trucks for a 2-year demonstration project.

The partnership is between the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), Smith Electric Vehicles Corporation, and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). The Council received the grant, and Smith Electric Vehicles will provide the trucks. The fleet will be made up of the kind of medium-duty commercial delivery trucks often used to deliver supplies to business franchises within one locality. It’s a job particularly well-suited to electric trucks for several reasons: daily routes are often exactly the same, meaning range needs are fixed and predictable, and the vehicles always return to the same spot for the night, making re-charging easier.

Companies like Frito-Lay, FedEx, Coke, and PepsiCo have already deployed electric delivery truck fleets in markets around the country, including Smith Electric vehicles purchased by Frito-Lay and FedEx.

The H-GAC partnership hopes this new pilot project will lay the foundation for widespread use of the vehicles in the Houston-Galveston area as well:
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