Studies & Research

Last mile delivery goes electric


written by Team ECTA

ECTA is pleased to share the release of a study conducted by research institutes Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) on the state of electrification of last mile delivery vehicles in Europe.

It shows that light- and medium-duty electric trucks can reach price parity with diesel trucks as early as 2022 in some major European cities but will need well-designed purchase incentives.

The study compares the total cost of ownership (TCO) of last-mile battery electric trucks (BET) with diesel truck fleets and then provides policy recommendations to overcome the TCO gap between battery-electric trucks and their diesel counterparts.

Last-mile delivery trucks represent a significant share of the heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) sales volume in Europe. The remarkable growth in the E-commerce industry worldwide makes them a significant segment to decarbonise. Given their low driving mileages and planned-ahead schedules, last-mile delivery trucks present a promising application for electrification.