Key Benefits: Accurate insights on electric truck performance to optimise fleet operations.

The success 

The data analysis conducted using ZERO has provided a national parcel delivery business with clear insights into the performance of electric trucks in their distribution operations. Using ZERO the fleet obtained recommendations for selecting the most suitable electric HGV trucks to operate both single-deck and double-deck trailers across different routes. This analysis provided certainty to the fleet management to deploy electric trucks that can reliably fulfil the operation in a cost-effective manner.  

The challenge 

A national delivery fleet has successfully transitioned nearly 5% of their small panel van fleet to electric vehicles across multiple depots, finding it relatively straightforward to achieve. To advance their decarbonisation efforts further, they sought to explore and compare the performance of 42 tonne electric tractors with single-deck and double-deck trailers in different urban and motorway duty cycles. 

With a wide-ranging operation and diverse routes, the fleet needed to gain insights on the most suitable electric trucks for their needs. Additionally, they needed to understand how the use of double-deck trailers would impact vehicle range. 

This pioneering work proved the viability of electric HGVs, and it’s an example to all fleets that you can use software to solve the most complex decarbonisation and operational challenges.

Angus Webb, Dynamon

The solution 

The solution provided by Dynamon involves a comprehensive data analysis approach, focusing on several key components: 

  • Determining Real-World Range:  Dynamon’s analysis aims to accurately establish the practical range of electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) across diverse scenarios. 
  • Understanding Aerodynamics and Weather Conditions: The analysis delves into the impact of aerodynamics and varying weather conditions on vehicle performance. 
  • Assessing Driving Styles and Speed: Dynamon evaluates how different driving styles and speeds influence the efficiency and range of electric HGVs. 

To analyse electric HGVs towing single-deck trailers and double deck trailers, Dynamon’s Synthetic Telematics feature in ZERO was utilised. This feature enabled the generation of one urban route and one motorway route to assess the impact of single-deck against double-deck trailers across various operational scenarios.  

Additionally, ZERO simulated six tractors, each with battery sizes of 315kWh, 420kWh, and 525kWh. These tractors towed single-deck trailers and double-deck trailers for each battery size. The simulations were then conducted on the generated urban and motorway routes.

ZERO provided the following insights: 

  • On an ‘urban’ duty-cycle the single-deck vehicle demonstrated a range of up to 284 miles under ‘harsh’ weather conditions, with 30% of the battery energy depleted due to aerodynamic drag. In contrast, the double-deck vehicle had a range of up to 269 miles under similar conditions, with 32.1% of the battery energy depleted attributed to aerodynamic drag as the vehicle drives at lower speeds in ‘urban’ roads. 
  • On a ‘motorway’ duty-cycle the single-deck vehicle showcased a range of up to 171 miles in ‘harsh’ weather conditions, with 62.7% of the battery energy depleted due to aerodynamic drag. Conversely, the double-deck vehicle achieved a range of up to 148 miles ‘harsh’ weather conditions, with 69.5% of the battery energy depleted, largely due to increased aerodynamic drag at higher speeds. 

Simulation results showed the substantial impact of aerodynamic drag on motorway driving for both vehicle types, significantly reducing the distance covered compared to the manufacturer’s stated range.  

About Dynamon

Dynamon is a fleet optimisation software company founded in the UK, also operating in the US, whose work helps logistics companies be more efficient by saving fuel and reducing Co2 emissions. Its ZERO platform is designed to simplify the incredibly complex, large-scale electrification decisions, replacing it with advanced, data-driven simulation, analysis and modelling to ensure transport operations are as sustainable, efficient and cost-effective as possible before major investment decisions are made. The company is on a mission to make the transition to EVs simple, cost effective and profitable. 

The company originated from Southampton University, following its work with Team GB to maximise its performance at the Olympic Games in 2012.  

Dynamon works with the global transport sector providing solutions for direct fleets, leasing companies, OEMs, telematics firms, utilities consultants and charging infrastructure providers. 

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