Scaling Cleaner Freight Movement

The Case for Vans & Step Vans

The Run on Less – Electric demonstration focused on the van and step van segment of the trucking industry in addition to medium-duty box trucks, terminal tractors and heavy-duty regional haul tractors.

The three fleet-OEM pairs in the terminal tractor market segment were:

  1. DHL with a Lightning eMotors Ford Transit 350 HD Class 3 van
  2. Purolator with a Motiv EPIC Class 6 step van
  3. Servall Electric with a Workhorse C1000 Class 4 step van

How It Worked

This report’s conclusions were generated through the data collection and calculations from the three vans and step vans that participated in Run on Less – Electric, interviews conducted with representatives from the participating fleets and tractor builders and input from other industry experts.

All three vehicles were instrumented with a Geotab telematics device that tracked daily range, speed profiles, state of charge, charging events, amount of regenerative braking energy recovery, weather and number of deliveries.


Run on Less – Electric demonstrated that in the van and step van segment the technology is mature enough for fleets to be making investments in production battery electric vans and step vans.

Additional Findings Include:

Lessons Learned

NACFE learned a number of lessons during the three weeks of the Run specific to vans and step vans.


Multiple sources indicate that 50% to 60% of active registered vehicles are in Class 3 to 6 — some 4.2 million in the US and 0.53 million in Canada. NACFE’s conservative estimate of active Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 vans and step vans in the US and Canadian market is approximately 4.2 million vehicles. The market for urban delivery vans could double between 2021 and 2026, based in large part on the growth of e-commerce.

If 100% of the vans and step in the US and Canada were electrified which would result in the avoidance of 43,476,632 MT CO2e annually (e equals carbon dioxide equivalent).

More details on Run on Less – Electric can be found here.
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