Medium-Duty Plug-in Electric Delivery Truck Fleet Evaluation: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Robert Prohaska, Kenneth Kelly, Adam Ragatz

Research output: NRELPresentation

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In this paper, the authors present an overview of medium-duty electric vehicle (EV) operating behavior based on in-use data collected from Smith Newton electric delivery vehicles and compare their performance and operation to conventional diesel trucks operating in the same fleet. The vehicles' drive cycles and operation are analyzed and compared to demonstrate the importance of matching specific EV technologies to the appropriate operational duty cycle. The results of this analysis show that the Smith Newton EVs demonstrated a 68% reduction in energy consumption over the data reporting period compared to the conventional diesel vehicles, as well as a 46.4% reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions based on the local energy generation source.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2016 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC'16), 27-29 June 2016, Dearborn, Michigan

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-66755


  • drive-cycle
  • emissions
  • EV
  • medium duty
  • PHEV


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