Nissan has taken a significant step towards achieving carbon neutrality by using Nikola and Kenworth battery electric vehicles (BEV) to transport new vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships in the Los Angeles region. The BEV trucks are part of a proof-of-concept project, which aims to understand more about the use of all-electric trucks for vehicle delivery.

The project is a collaboration between Nissan, two major manufacturers of electric heavy-duty trucks, Nikola and Kenworth, and logistics partner Avant-Garde Auto Logistics LLC. The trucks will pull traditional car transporters, and Nissan has collaborated with current logistics partner Wallenius Wilhelmsen to install a charging solution to support the trucks operating from the port.

Chris Styles, Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Nissan North America, stated that “exploring the use of BEV trucks for new vehicle delivery is an important milestone in our journey toward carbon neutrality throughout our business. 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 first dealership deliveries with the BEV trucks were made to Downey Nissan in California and included Nissan’s all-new, all-electric crossover, the 2023 Ariya. The Ariya combines the latest in Nissan’s technology and cutting-edge design and offers an option for everyone with eight well-equipped grade levels. The Ariya FWD trims are already on sale, with deliveries of e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive trims to follow this spring.

The proof-of-concept project will help Nissan and its logistics partners understand more about the use of all-electric trucks for vehicle delivery. Following the initial trial with four BEV car transporters, Nissan plans to deploy additional trucks in the Los Angeles area.

 

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