Electric-vehicle (EV) startup Canoo has announced a massive order of electric vans from van rental provider Kingbee—marking the company’s largest EV order.
- Van rental provider Kingbee has ordered 9,300 EV vans from Canoo, an American based EV startup company.
- This is the second major order Canoo has announced this month. Earlier it announced a contract with van rental company Zeeba for 3,000 vehicles.
- Both Canoo and Zeeba provide “work-ready” vehicles for small to medium-sized businesses in need of delivery or van rentals.
Why it’s news
Companies are increasingly using EVs in their delivery services as a way to reduce carbon emissions and save money on energy costs.
Google’s self-driving vehicle system has more than 1 million pounds of Modelo and Corona beer between Dallas and Houston. Recently, Tesla announced that its fully electric semi trucks would be delivered to PepsiCo in early December.
In March, the Environmental Protections Agency suggested stricter regulation on semi trucks to reduce overall emissions. Transportation contributes 29% of emissions in the U.S. Trucking alone makes up 23% of that number.
Earlier this year, Colorado-based manufacturer Lightning eMotors made a deal with Canadian GoBolt to make 170 electric delivery vans and box trucks within the next year.
The Canadian company ordered 70 delivery vans and 100 trucks that will be used in the U.S. and Canada. Lightning eMotors currently specializes in retrofitting utility vehicles to turn them into zero-emissions fleets.