Electric vehicles are primed to become the new norm in last mile.  The industry has been asking for a quality solution that can be produced at scale, and we finally have a vehicle ready to meet those needs.

But if all we did was provide a vehicle and walk away, we’d be doing a disservice to the new potential that an electric vehicle platform provides. An EV is more than a truck—it’s technology that has the ability to reshape the way the last mile industry is run. And we have a responsibility to begin changing that conversation.

Silence is Opportunity 

Every differentiation between an electric vehicle and its fossil fuel counterpart offers the possibility to mature the business model in which it operates.

For example: the silence of an electric vehicle offers new opportunities for after-hour deliveries. No longer would early morning or evening deliveries be a disruption to the community. People can live peacefully with their windows open and sleeping babies won’t be disturbed by the sound of a delivery truck grinding down the road.

By operating after hours, companies could handle their deliveries when the typical urban congestion is less present. This allows for optimized routes and more efficiencies.

This application ultimately improves the community two-fold— both by lessening noise pollution, as well as scaling back on the daily congestion caused by the commercial industry. 

What Would You Do For a Better Community? 

If you expand on the notion of zero noise pollution and begin to take into account all of the environmental and health benefits of an EV driving down your street everyday instead of a fossil fuel vehicle, it becomes easy to imagine that most people would prefer their packages be delivered by the electric alternative.

But what would consumers be willing to trade to ensure their packages were delivered by an EV? Would they be OK with less frequent deliveries for cleaner air and a healthier environment for their children?

Thinking Outside the Norm 

We don’t have the answers to all these questions, but I still see it as our corporate responsibility to bring concepts like these to the table. We can’t settle for a better version of the old way, instead we have to help develop a new way. A smarter way that makes distribution more efficient, takes vehicles off the road, improves the driver experience, and betters our communities.

That is the foundation of Chanje. I want this company to question the status quo and use technology to empower us to change the conversation around the last mile industry.