Nissan has turned to electric semi trucks from Nikola to deliver its hotly-awaited Ariya EVs from the port to SoCal car dealerships.
The Japanese automaker – an early pioneer in the EV space with its Nissan LEAF electric hatchback, which launched in 2010 as a 2011 model, nearly two years before Tesla’s Model S – issued a press release announcing plans to us up to four battery-electric Class 8 semis to haul vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships.
The electric semi trucks would be provided by Nikola (whose Tre appears in the photos, here) and the more conventional-looking Paccar Kenworth T680E. The BEV semi trucks will be hauling conventional car trailers, and be charged using newly installed charging ports at the port of LA.
“Exploring the use of BEV trucks for new vehicle delivery is an important milestone in our journey toward carbon neutrality throughout our business,” said Chris Styles, vice president, Supply Chain Management, Nissan North America. “By being an early adopter of this technology, we’re showcasing our innovative spirit and positioning ourselves to meet our long-term goals for zero-tailpipe-emission transportation.”
The project is being called a “proof-of-concept” for Nissan and its logistics partners, and will help them to understand more about the use of all-electric trucks for vehicle delivery. Following the initial trial with four BEV car hauler trucks, Nissan plans to deploy additional trucks in the Los Angeles area. Building on lessons learned from these projects, Nissan could eventually begin using electric semi trucks for a variety of logistics uses.
The use of electric semis is part of Nissan’s “Ambition 2030” plan, which set targets for 40% of its US sales to be fully electric by 2030, with more to be electrified (translation: hybrid and PHEV).
Nikola Trucks Hauling Nissan Ariya EVs
SOURCE | IMAGES: NISSAN.
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