Lightning eMotors, a provider of purpose-built commercial electric vehicles for fleets, says Fluid Truck has ordered 40 additional zero-emission delivery trucks for its New York City fleet. The vehicles will be utilized by XPO Logistics and NAL Group in their support of IKEA’s last-mile delivery efforts.
Ten electric delivery box trucks from Lightning eMotors have already been put into service within the Fluid Truck network system to serve Manhattan. An additional 30 vehicles will be deployed over the next few months. The electric delivery trucks will operate out of a new 975,000-square-foot distribution center on Staten Island. The center is managed by CEVA Logistics.
“XPO Logistics, NAL Group and Fluid Truck are innovating by not only making deliveries more sustainable by using zero-emission trucks but also by significantly reducing the cost of deliveries,” says Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “The operational savings of these trucks are substantial over traditional vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, which enables XPO and NAL to offer more value to customers.”
The Lightning Electric Class 4 commercial box trucks will deliver products to all five boroughs of New York City. They feature 129 kWh of battery capacity with a range of 120 miles and can be charged in just under two hours by an 80 kW onboard DC fast charger.
The new all-electric vehicles are being deployed by third-party logistics partners NAL Group and XPO Logistics. The companies are renting the vehicles via the Fluid Truck rental platform, which allows businesses to easily rent and pickup vehicles from nearby locations 24/7, 365 days a year.