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Re: [EVDL] Commercial delivery EVs for FedEx, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Staples, Frito-Lay,

I am pretty certain that the program will go well. Smith has been ramping up
fast in Europe. Not to mention that they have been doing these trucks for
quite a long time.

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> I hope these programs work out better than similar EV programs did in the
> 1970s. Back then, they usually ended with the vehicles parked for months
> or
> years, and eventually auctioned off for a fraction of the original prices.
>
> = They omitted BMSes (actually, I think devices like the Badicheq didn't
> even exist yet). Without good monitoring, either by instrumentation or by
> maintenance people (see below), battery failures happened without warning.
> This left the drivers stranded on the road, not a good way to get them to
> appreciate EVs.
>
> = The builders almost always overstated the range; the way fleet drivers
> used the vehicles, they often got less than half the claimed range. The
> drivers would run them flat. This damaged the battery, making matters
> worse. And again, the vehicles had to be towed back to the base, annoying
> drivers, managers, and customers.
>
> = The drivers were often given little or no instruction in using the
> vehicles, and they tended to be skeptical anyway. They had nothing
> invested
> in the EVs and didn't much care for the change in their routine that EVs
> required. They often saw the EVs as less convenient and less comfortable
> (which they usually were), so they abused them out of annoyance and spite.
> This exacerbated the vehicles' already troublesome weaknesses.
>
> = The maintenance staff too were often poorly trained and almost always
> unconvinced of EVs' advantages. Instead of being able to follow the
> procedures they knew by heart, they had to actually read the service
> manuals
> and consult with the manufacturers. That meant more work. So they hated
> the EVs. They would sometimes deliberately neglect or even sabotage the
> vehicles. I read one of report which described maintenance people watering
> batteries by removing the caps and flooding the tops with garden hoses.
>
> Thank goodness, batteries are much improved since then, and let's hope that
> the builders have learned from the errors of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
>
> David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
> EVDL Administrator
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