On Sept. 12, Winona, Minnesota-based industrial and construction supplies distributor Fastenal announced it has started an operational trial with e-mobility solutions provider ZEVX to convert select pickup trucks in its final-mile delivery fleet to electric vehicles.
In 2023, Fastenal and ZEVX will conduct a six-state trial using the ZEVX battery electric powertrain and power system products to electrify up to 16 trucks. The two companies recently completed a proof-of-concept trial with a single converted vehicle.
“With so many vehicles in operation around the world, we want to be a driver of innovation and efficiency in commercial transportation,” said Kevin Larson, Fastenal’s VP of Transportation. “We’re constantly looking at new solutions like the ZEVX technology to help move the industry forward and potentially accelerate our own carbon reduction journey.”
Fastenal says the trial reflects its ongoing commitment to test and, when feasible, operationalize battery electric technology in its fleet of more than 700 commercial motor vehicles and more than 8,200 last-mile delivery vehicles.
Earlier this year, the company purchased an Orange EV electric yard tractor for its Indianapolis distribution center, and the vehicle went into operation in July, Fastenal said.
“We are committed to helping Fastenal incorporate EV technology in its last-mile delivery fleet,” said Sydney Dunn, SVP of Sales & Field Operations at ZEVX. “We share the bold goals of lowering carbon emissions while improving efficiencies, decreasing costs, and extending the life of existing commercial vehicles.”