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The Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Logistics Industry

Updated: May 29

In many effectively managed urban areas today there are great opportunities to create sustainable designs and foster new ways of conducting businesses. Manufacturing and logistic models too can be developed further which, in turn, raises a series of challenges, for which we need to be ready.


Even Though a huge proportion of our logistics industry relies on carbon emitting conventionally used fuels that put the well-being of our planet at sake, there are some countries in America, Europe, and Asia that have begun to make the transportation of people and goods more efficient and sustainable in urban zones.

Factors such as government incentives and subsidies and the fluctuation of oil prices have boosted the use of diverse types of sustainable vehicles in the logistics sector.

Let's discuss more of these sustainable vehicles more.


Electric vehicles


For those of you who are not already aware, Electric Vehicles also commonly referred to as EVs are vehicles that are manufactured in a way that they provide a much more clean, environmentally friendly solution to the logistics industry. Unlike conventionally made vehicles that result in insane amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, EVs work on sustainable principles and are therefore ideal to use today more than ever as our planet is quite literally submerged in climatic issues.


EV usage and business incentives


The popularity and accessibility in getting electric cars, as evident by their growing demand, especially among business owners in the logistics sector, can be credited to the incentives attached to using Electric Vehicles. Some of these are explained as follows:

  • Many businesses have found EVs to be a profitable investment since the logistics industry and Electric mobility have become quite interrelated

  • In many countries, economic factors and government policies favor businesses that use Electric cars for delivering goods and freight which has facilitated the transition from conventional transport methods to this rather new sustainable one

  • Electric Vehicles are versatile, and therefore they are relatively more suitable for transporting different types of freight and parcels

  • They are ideal for transport in compact city centers, and urban spaces

  • Electric Vehicles make it possible for businesses with consumers who demand sustainability to satisfy consumer wants by facilitating the pollution-free circulation of goods and through a reduction of the business's overall carbon footprint

  • Electric Vehicles present an excellent opportunity to companies who wish to enhance their value addition as the service's brand reputation improves through its usage. This can cover up for any investment costs that the business had to make and make room for more investment for sustainability-driven causes in the future.

  • By optimizing routes along with using electric cars companies can cut down on their costs significantly

These Electric Vehicles also have the potential of accelerating the smart city plan in many countries such as those across the UK.


Plug-in-hybrids


Alternatively, people are also using plug-in hybrids. The main difference between electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids is that they have a gasoline engine along with an electric powertrain, so they overcome a lacking electric car as they can only go as far as the batteries allow.


Electrical car charging

Hybrid Electric Vehicles


Hybrid electric vehicles that are also gaining popularity among people now are powered by internal combustion engines along with an electric motor which makes use of energy stored in batteries. Though there is still debate among environmental experts on whether it is completely sustainable, it is still a much better option for those seeking green cars because they cause relatively less carbon emissions and therefore can help reduce your carbon footprint.


Joint Effort Towards Sustainability


To effectively paint a sustainable future for ourselves and the generations that are to come, it is incredible that we work towards the end goal, together as a global community. While we are firm believers in the fact that change begins from oneself, it is also important to acknowledge here that the possibility of a truly sustainable future can only be brought to life, if everyone plays their role in it. From consumers to governments and producers, all of us have got something to give for this cause.


As consumers for example you can demand your local businesses incorporate sustainable logistics in their business models. This demand only can be a major contributor since all well-established businesses with effective management always prioritize consumer needs and would be willing to walk the extra mile to satisfy them. Likewise, governments can incentivize sustainable logistics and penalize businesses that are careless about their carbon emissions and transport methods.


Conclusively, it would be useful to point out that the incorporation of green logistics through practices such as using electric vehicles for transportation has the potential of bringing about a sustainable revolution in our economic sector with the condition being that all businesses, consumers, and government join hands to execute ideas effectively. At present many cities lack the infrastructure required to facilitate electric cars, however through joint working, this lacking can be overcome as well. At gryn, we are playing our part in making sustainable logistics possible. Through our intelligence platform, we have successfully built a sustainable logistics network that allows for the sharing, calculation, benchmarking, and optimization of emissions. Through gryn, businesses can share their carbon emissions with thousands of customers in no time and play their role in building supply chains and creating a green future.

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