Agreed, I always thought that the fleets of UPS, FedEx and USPS would be good targets. Turns out in Germany the postal service apparently couldn’t find a manufacturer interested in developing vehicles, so they “just” built their own.iamlucky13 wrote: ↑Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:36 pmIn town delivery vehicles are another potential good application. UPS has actually be using hybrid trucks for years now, hinting at the possibility to go full electric. What's really interesting is I've starting occasionally seeing Smith Newton electric delivery trucks in my area with Frito Lay branding on the side. It makes sense since convenience snacks are low density, and they're probably stopping at convenience stores every mile or two on their routes.
The trucks have less than 100 mile range, and are limited to 50 mph, but that's all they need. They use a different type of lithium ion battery than most applications that is more optimal for longevity and life-cycle cost, rather than energy and power density.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ectric-car
And I think after the initial success they are now teaming up with Ford to develop a larger model.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-deut ... SKBN19519U
May not be as sexy as a Freightliner replacement, but apparently quite doable.