The Future of Last-Mile Delivery Goes Beyond Vehicle Electrification
Technological change, increased regulatory requirements and escalating cost pressures are combining to reshape transportation and shipping at a pace not seen in a century. This will lead to new ways of thinking and revolutionary breakthroughs in the industry.
https://www.trucks.com/2018/05/02/last- ... ification/
Vehicles that bring goods to homes and businesses in the “last mile” of delivery will be the first to undergo electrification, but the sector itself is ripe for more than just powertrain disruption.
That’s the consensus of UPS, Chanje and Workhorse Group executives speaking at a panel on “the last mile hurdle” at the ACT Expo green vehicle conference in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday.
There’s more to it than just building and deploying electric vehicles. To Chanje, a Los Angeles-based electric-vehicle manufacturer, the trucks are only a foot in the door.
However, Chanje’s last mile vision is broader, he said. “If we think about a zero incremental cost mile, it starts with autonomous driving.”
Autonomous driving removes the driver – one of the largest operational costs – lessens accidents and allows more data integration. Paired with a solar energy production and a reduction in maintenance costs, the incremental mile costs almost nothing, Hausmann said.
“The thousandth mile doesn’t cost you any more than if you were running 500 miles,” he said. “Where we’re going is true last mile ecosystem disruption.”
But the Loveland, Ohio, company sees the future of last mile in drone technology. Duane Hughes, president and chief operating officer of Workhorse, said it used one of its UPS-owned delivery vans to deploy a package-delivering drone in Tampa, Fla., in February 2017.
“It was the first live parcel delivery via drone in the United States,” Hughes said.
UPS spends $1 per mile in fuel and maintenance costs to deliver a package with a gasoline version of the vehicle in the drone delivery. Using the electric vehicle drops the cost to 40 cents per mile. Using the drone to deliver a package reduces the cost to 3 cents per mile.
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