Electric vehicles are everywhere, and considering the environmental impact of fuel-driven vehicles; electric cars are the future. Not just for personal use but logistics and supply chain as well. Many businesses working in the 3PL and 4PL sectors are now looking for alternate options to join the green and clean revolution.
Previously, electric vehicles were not preferred given their limited range because they could not travel or provide the facility to transport goods for long-haul deliveries. However, with the advent of new and improved electric and hybrid vehicles, it is a game-changer in the automotive sector.
With rising demands for electric vehicles, car manufacturers are faced with the challenge of coming up with vehicles that can incorporate the driver's needs, environmental impact, and social impact. The car sales for electric vehicles are at an all-time high, with an increase of 50% every year.
Moreover, the government policies and regulations in various countries are also a driving factor in the increasing demand for electric vehicles. There is an increasing debate for reducing fuel-driven vehicles and eliminating them altogether to replace them with efficient electric and hybrid vehicles. This is an excellent time to invest in green logistics and stay ahead in the competition!
With electric vehicles being introduced in the logistic fleets, like Street Scooter, they are changing the way businesses have worked in the past! It includes the DHL express and last mile to meet the needs of their customers, without the carbon impact!
Another important factor is the running costs. For instance, 100 miles in a fuel-driven vehicle are no less than $20, but the costs would be only a fraction of what it is now with electric vehicles. The superior fuel consumption is the biggest attraction and advantage for the players in the logistics sector. It pushes for improvements in-vehicle batteries to help achieve the target of the deliverables without compromising on the quality or the schedules in any way.
Still, the significant battery breakthroughs and the infrastructure to facilitate such practices are yet to come. Still, advancements and movements in this sector indicate a revolution where the landscape is bound to change. The fine-tuning of lithium-ion batteries could potentially push electric cars to the 300-mile range barrier. The researchers are confident that this would be possible by the end of this decade!
This sector is still under development and requires significant changes in the related domains. It would require the automation of the logistics overall to ensure collaborations and communications. The scalability would only be possible if such practices are adopted globally so that there are no gaps in between. It is important to note that currently, electric vehicles are suitable for small-range tasks and deliveries. They cannot facilitate long-haul, and it is going to take a while to do so.
But a global digital approach to fleet management could be the answer to all such issues and be the fit to the missing pieces in the puzzle!