Light-duty trucks are primed to go electric

McKinsey’s Bernd Heid tells Freddie Holmes why smaller trucks and vans tick all the boxes

The light-duty truck sector is going electric, and compared with many heavy-duty applications, the transition looks decidedly painless: lower daily mileage, regular routes and convenient charging opportunities make for an ideal combination. A wide array of applications under the light-duty umbrella are poised to make the switch, and fleets around the world are already plugging-in.

Bernd Heid is a Senior Partner at McKinsey and the company’s lead on all things commercial vehicle (CV). Heid has long argued that last-mile delivery, distribution and other urban applications—sectors in which light-duty trucks are prominent—are ripe for electrification. McKinsey currently forecasts that by 2030, roughly half of all light CV sales in Europe will be fully electric.

The eCanter has become a poster child for the burgeoning electric light-duty sector

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