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View of the Future: Work Trucks and a Stronger Focus on Sustainability

Posted by Wilmar, Inc.


The current focus on sustainability is forcing investors, companies, and government regulators to invest in electric vehicles. The effort aims to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming — a big part of that work focuses more on the transportation industry.

Furthermore, the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are working on making a lasting impact on sustainability policies involving electric vehicles in transportation. The act allocates billions of dollars to purchase electric vehicles for school buses, create new E.V. charging stations, and other innovative transportation investments.

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For most companies, making the difference starts at the lowest user level without waiting for the implementation of such programs. It is better to take the necessary steps in optimizing daily operations and building the foundation for reducing emissions and costs over time. One way to achieve this is through a focus on sustainable work trucks.

Why Focus On Work Trucks to Reduce Emissions 

The biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally is trains, trucks, and ships used to transport goods and services. According to research, the industrial and transportation sectors account for about 71% of energy use in the U.S. alone. The transportation sector contributes explicitly to roughly 29% of greenhouse gas emissions. It's arguably the largest share in the economic sector.

Reducing emissions is now a global priority. Transportation and operation leaders are responsible for implementing solutions to ensure sustainable operations. So what's next?

Embracing Technology for Sustainability 

Technically, you can't improve what you can't measure. Unlike most sectors, the industry and transportation sectors are still undergoing the earliest stages of digital transformation. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, A.I., and cloud computing triggered the change.

Combining these technologies makes it easier to develop solutions to make daily operations seamless and the shift to electric vehicles possible. 

Using technological fleet management solutions such as Wilmar allows an integrated system to merge all your company vehicles into the passing lane. Such solutions will propel your fleet forward by collecting insights into how much fuel you use and coaching drivers on fuel-saving driving techniques.

You can use such data to make better decisions on limiting emissions and offer customers information on tracking their environmental impact.

Shifting Work Trucks to Electric

Since battery technology such as Ford and GM came into the market, the electrification of the transportation sector has gained momentum drastically. According to research, over 6 million commercial electric vehicles will be on the road by 2025.

The range for personal E.V.s jumped recently from 60 to 70 miles with a charge of about 200 to 300+ miles. These improvements create new and better opportunities for businesses to invest in reliable electric vehicles. 

Data plays a crucial role in helping company leaders decide when and how to start the transition. With a data-focused approach for fleet management, it is easy to pinpoint the vehicles to replace using metrics such as the average daily range of lifetime usage. 

Another perk of the electrification of work trucks is to show employees that your company cares about the environment. With the driver and labor shortages proceeding because of the pandemic, sustainability is a priority for boosting employee retention.

A recent survey shows that nearly 70% of modern-day workers want to work in companies with a strong sustainability culture and plans. This affects their decisions on whether to work or stay with that company for the long term.

The best way to achieve sustainability in your company is to transit to electric vehicles. It will help to reduce emissions and create a culture of environmental protection. Contact Wilmar, Inc. to find fleet solutions that fit your business needs.

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