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Electric vehicles must modify the infrastructure of industrial and logistical warehouses, especially for last mile operations

Eric Ammirati • 10/31/2022

After 130 years predominantly using fossil fuel-powered transport, we find ourselves at a safe and technological time for the electric vehicle sector to develop. Manufacturers are quietly racing to reshape their vehicle manufacturing industries and meet the growing demands of global consumers and businesses.

In this scenario, there is a great opportunity for players in the industrial and logistics real estate market, especially for developers, investors and leading suppliers in the chain, eager to be at the epicenter of technology, innovation and sustainability.

Vehicle electrification has never been more necessary

Nearly 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with transportation, so many manufacturers are betting on electric vehicles, investing billions to gradually transition their assembly lines. In addition to environmental issues, manufacturers also have a strong business incentive to invest in electric vehicles: gasoline and diesel costs are at record highs.

Reducing the number of combustion vehicles on the road is not an easy task. Some countries are more advanced than others, but not one is close to the targets.

Properties will need to be adapted

Electric vehicle manufacturers are heading to play an increasingly important role in the logistics industry. Operations across the industry will be impacted with fleets that can reduce costs and improve supply chain efficiency and responsiveness to customer service. Electric vehicles are able to reduce carbon emissions and improve delivery efficiency, especially in last mile operations.

Designing properties that support electric vehicles

A restructuring like this will not happen overnight. As the adoption of electric vehicles increases, there is a great opportunity to invest in infrastructure of charging stations throughout the property, not only to accommodate personal and last mile electric vehicles such as VUCs, but also freight vehicles of different sizes.

Occupiers are looking to the future

Logistic and industrial property owners will increasingly need to consider charging stations integrated with an energy management system, ensuring enough electricity to accommodate the large batteries of electric trucks.

On the other hand, squatters are already taking steps to reduce reliance on gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, and more and more logistics companies, distributors and retailers will consider network capacity when selecting a property to occupy, ensuring it will have energy resources. enough, including power generators to charge their electric vehicle fleets.

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