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January 11, 2023
Run on Less – Electric DEPOT Is A Go For 2023

Run on Less – Electric DEPOT Is A Go For 2023

Fort Wayne, Indiana — January 11, 2023 — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI are pleased to officially announce the launch of Run on Less – Electric DEPOT (RoL-E DEPOT) for this fall.

The Run will focus on what is needed for fleets to move from having one or two electric trucks to having 15 or even a complete changeover to electric at a site. “Going from one or two trucks to 15 or more adds complexity to the needed infrastructure and charging requirements,” says Mike Roeth, NACFE’s executive director. “Some fleets are already doing this successfully and we want to study them to learn how they overcame some of the challenges they faced in scaling electric truck adoption.”

NACFE is in the process of selecting the eight depots for the Run and is accepting applications from fleets wishing to participate through February. Fleets can find an application for the Run here.

“For PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, 2022 was a significant year in the continued transformation of how we deliver our products, with a goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040,” says Mike O’Connell, vice president, supply chain at PepsiCo and former NACFE board chairman. “As a longtime NACFE partner and Run on Less sponsor, we see immense value in industry collaboration and look forward to sharing firsthand the benefits, challenges and lessons learned along our journey to adopting and scaling these exciting technologies.”

Companies already have lined up to support the Run with PepsiCo committing to be an Executive Sponsor and Cummins and Shell signing on as Title Sponsors. An initial list of sponsors including event and supporter sponsors can be found here. More funding is needed, so if you are interested in being a sponsor of RoL-E DEPOT, please contact Mike Roeth (mike.roeth@nacfe.org).

“The Run on Less roadshow presents valuable learning and collaboration opportunities for fleets, OEMs, suppliers and the industry at large,” says Amanda Phillips, North American regional lead for Cummins-Meritor, which is also one of this year’s Run on Less sponsors. “The opportunity to share insights and help more fleets embrace zero-emission technologies benefits not only our customers and partners, but also our communities and the environment.”

Run on Less – Electric DEPOT will be an 18-month effort throughout this year and into next. The popular Electric Truck Bootcamp from Run on Less – Electric will be returning for RoL-E DEPOT with 10 new sessions featuring approximately 50 experts from a variety of companies who will share their knowledge about scaling the adoption of electric vehicles. Registration for the free Bootcamp will open in mid-March and will be free to all those wishing to participate.

“The Run on Less initiative aligns with our ambition to help decarbonize the commercial road transport sector,” says Tim Murray, general manager of Shell’s Commercial Road Transport business. “The Run demonstrates real-world actions being taken by leading fleet companies who are emerging as industry trailblazers through their collaborative solutions to sustainability challenges.”

In conjunction with the Run, NACFE is developing a new data dashboard and determining which key metrics — for the depots, trucks and charging — will be measured throughout the Run. Join us for collaboration opportunities that will occur throughout the year at all of the major North American conferences. Finally, NACFE also will be releasing several reports in conjunction with the Run in early 2024.


For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Denise Rondini, 773-951-8563, denise.rondini@nacfe.org

 

About the North American Council for Freight Efficiency

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling the freight efficiency of North American goods movement. NACFE operates as a nonprofit in order to provide an independent, unbiased research organization for the transformation of the transportation industry. Data is critical, and NACFE is proving to help the industry with real-world information that fleets can use to take action. In 2014, NACFE collaborated with Carbon War Room, founded by Sir Richard Branson and now a part of RMI, to deliver tools and reports to improve trucking efficiency. Learn more at www.nacfe.org.

About RMI

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. More information on RMI can be found at www.rmi.org or follow us on Twitter @RockyMtnInst.

About Run on Less

Run on Less 2017 was a first-of-its-kind fuel efficiency roadshow that proved 10 MPG is possible with various combinations of commercially available technologies. Seven participating fleets hauled real freight on real routes during the three-week run across North America. Run on Less Regional was conducted in October of 2019. Ten participating fleets demonstrated a variety of commercially available freight efficiency technologies in the three-week cross-country roadshow, proving that 8.3. MPG is possible in regional haul. Run on Less – Electric was the first NACFE demonstration to focus on electric vehicles. Thirteen fleet-OEM pairs in the US and Canada participated in the three-week long event. If all US and Canadian medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the market segments — vans and step vans, medium-duty box trucks, terminal tractors and heavy-duty regional haul — studied in the Run became electric, about 100 million metric tons of CO2 would be saved from entering the atmosphere. Visit www.runonless.com or follow us on Twitter @RunOnLess.

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