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The Logistics Industry is Taking A Turn For The Electric

semi truckIn the global economy, activities surrounding logistics and transportation represent a huge sector. Indeed, the ways in which the L&T industry contributes to the modern world’s economic and social progression isn’t easy to adequately measure, let alone overstate.

As seems to be the growing trend in the industrial world (and thankfully so), logistics companies are turning progressively “greener” in their activities, opting for electric trucks rather than standard diesel-powered models. This transition comes with a host of benefits for everyone involved: the logistics companies, their drivers, and anyone who happens to live in a modernized area.

Heavy Duty Trucks Leave Heavy Carbon Footprints.

Despite trucks accounting for such a small fraction of automobiles on the road, they tend to contribute more than their fair share of greenhouse gas emissions. According to Ananth Srinivasn, research consultancy Frost & Sullivan mobility expert, “In Europe, less than 5% of vehicles are commercial vehicles or heavy duty trucks, but they contribute to almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions.”

This ratio isn’t isolated to Europe, either, or anywhere with a dense architectural configuration. Even wide-open areas, such as Australia, feel the burn of heavy duty carbon emissions.

World Business Leaders Are Getting on Board With Green Practices.

For a long time, and despite the effects of industrial pollution becoming increasingly evident, sustainability was held back by the world’s business leaders, who by and large insisted on sticking to tried and true production methods to continue to maximize profit.

However, as the world’s population becomes increasingly conscious of the environment, business leaders are jumping on board. As was reported by the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc, 82 percent of companies in the S&P (meaning some of the world’s top producing companies) have now implemented the publication of corporate sustainability reports into their practices.

While each company is unique in their methods of sustainability (some prioritizing it more than others), there seems to be a clear, common desire among global economic leaders to move the world economy into a more sustainable space.

Sustainable Trucks Are Leading the Electric Revolution.

There’s still some ways to go before we see more electric cars on the road than gas-powered models. As the technology stands now, it isn’t feasible for car companies to lower prices of their standard electric models to match their gas guzzling competition.

While there are a number of drivers who invest in electric cars in order to benefit from the long-term savings they offer, they seem to be outnumbered by drivers dissuaded by the high initial cost of the vehicle.

Conversely, logistics companies are more than willing to make the greater initial investment due to the undeniable savings that they can expect to benefit from in a relatively short time. According to Daimler AG, “… [new battery-powered eCanter truck[s] in the U.S.] will save about $2,000 in operating costs for every 10,000 miles driven.”

Regional distribution companies are taking the initiative in creating a greener, more sustainable world. The current transition towards electric trucks that many logistics companies are making serves not only to benefit their profit margin, but it’s also providing a financial boost to the electric automotive industry as a whole. The common driver is likely to benefit from that in the not-so-distant future.


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