Fluid Truck has ordered 40 additional electric delivery vans for its New York fleet from Lightning eMotors. These vehicles are used by XPO Logistics and the NAL Group to support IKEA Retail US’s last mile delivery efforts. The electric trucks will serve all five counties, IKEA said.
Ten electric delivery vans from Lightning eMotors for Manhattan have already been put into operation within the Fluid Truck network system. Another 30 vehicles from Lightning eMotors from Colorado will be used in the next few months.
Lightning Electric’s Class 4 commercial vans deliver products to all five boroughs of New York City. They have a battery capacity of 129 kWh with a range of 120 miles and can be charged in just under two hours with an integrated 80 kW DC fast charger.
The new fully electric vehicles are used by the external logistics partners NAL Group and XPO Logistics. The companies rent the vehicles through the Fluid Truck rental platform, which allows companies to rent and pick up vehicles at nearby locations around the clock, 365 days a year.
The electric vans will be operated from a new 975,000 square foot distribution center on Staten Island. The center is managed by CEVA Logistics, a global logistics company.
Fluid Truck is the process of adding 600 Lightning Electric vehicles to their platform and rolling out the vehicles in several cities across the United States. Users can book vehicles through the Fluid Truck website or their mobile application.
The Lightning Fluid partnership offers our customer operators and drivers a highly flexible agreement. This means that the vehicles can be used by other fleets when they are not needed by XPO Logistics or the NAL Group. Electric vehicles already have a high ROI, and this makes it even higher as the utilization rates of these vehicles are maximized.
James Eberhard, Founder and CEO of Fluid Truck
These last-mile delivery vehicles feature Lightning Analytics, a cloud-based telematics system that offers predictive maintenance, route assessment, distance analysis, driver behavior and geofencing for maximum range and efficiency.