Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

How Urban Delivery Vehicles can Boost Electric Mobility

This report presents policies and private sector initiatives for the electrification of urban delivery vehicles. Electric vehicles have low operational costs and the high mileage of delivery vehicles maximises net savings from converting a fleet. Insights on the total cost of ownership and the environmental footprint of electric fleets highlight broader benefits of electrification programmes for commercial vehicles.

This report is part of the Decarbonising Transport initiative

Policy Insights

  • Prioritise electrification of vehicles with high mileage and regular daily activity, including LCVs in last-mile delivery.
  • Promote electric light commercial vehicles in cities and tightly regulate combustion-engine vehicles.
  • Strengthen fuel economy standards, zero-emission mandates and economic incentives for light commercial vehicles.
  • Define regulatory requirements and clarify costs for upgrades to the electricity grid needed for electric vehicles.
  • Use vehicle design and components of electric passenger cars to unlock price reductions of electric light commercial vehicles.
  • Strengthen co-operation among stakeholders to reduce investments risks for the manufacturing of electric light commercial vehicles.

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