Nissan’s US unit is using two battery electric vehicle (BEV) heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks to deliver new vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships in the Los Angeles region.
Nikola and Kenworth will each provide trucks that will pull traditional car haulers.
The program is being conducted in collaboration with logistics partner Avant-Garde Auto Logistics based in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Nissan has engine and car assembly plants.
Nissan collaborated with current logistics supplier Wallenius Wilhelmsen to install charging equipment for the electric trucks operating from the port.
The first dealership deliveries with the BEV trucks, to Downey Nissan in California, included the new 2023 Ariya EV crossover.
The proof of concept project will help Nissan and its logistics suppliers to understand more about the use of all electric trucks for vehicle delivery.
Following the initial trial with four BEV car hauler trucks, Nissan plans to deploy additional trucks in the Los Angeles area. Building on lessons learned from these projects, it could eventually begin using BEV trucks for a variety of logistics uses.
Nissan has a target of 40% of its US sales being electric by 2030 with more to be electrified.