The 49ers are going electric.
Mullen Automotive has delivered seven Class 1 electric vehicle (EV) cargo vans to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The vehicles were ordered through Randy Marion Automotive, a distributor of Mullen’s commercial EVs. UNC Charlotte plans to use the vans for various purposes, including campus delivery and facility services, across its 1,000-acre campus in the Universal City neighborhood of Charlotte.
“UNC Charlotte is committed to helping create a more sustainable environment, including developing and implementing a comprehensive plan designed to reduce carbon emissions,” said T. J. Woods, the University's Transportation, Warehouse and Logistics Manager.
Additional Class 1 EV cargo vans are expected to be delivered to UNC’s 16 campuses over the next 12 months.
“UNC Charlotte represents the first of many customers that have expressed interest in Mullen’s commercial product line-up,” said Brad Sigmon, Manager of Commercial Sales at Randy Marion Automotive. “The lower total cost of ownership and reduced emissions of Mullen EVs will make switching to electric an easy purchase decision for many customers.”
Mullen Automotive is a Southern California-based automotive company building the next generation of EVs that will be manufactured in its two U.S.-based assembly plants.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is considered a high-level research campus with its research expenditures in the top third of U.S. educational institutions, according to National Science Foundation’s latest report.
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Class I vehicles include cargo vans, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs. A report last year by the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE) indicated that Class 1s may be the best start for fleet electrification.
NACFE will be presenting findings on research around bigger, Class 8 long-haul and heavy-duty trucking electrification at this year’s T&D World Live this September in Sacramento.