- 26 January 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
US on-demand and logistics marketplace provider GoFor Industries has announced a partnership with electric vehicle fleet-as-a-service (Faas) provider Royale EV. This will enable GoFor to add to the sustainable logistics space and is part of its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions.
“The green logistics marketplace aligns with our core values, which are rooted in driver and vehicle safety coupled with environmental protection,” said Brad Rollo, GoFor CEO, in a statement. “We are aiming to convert half of our fleet to electric by 2025, beginning with GoFor’s California-based fleet, followed by rapid expansion across North America. With these electric vehicles, we hope to help reduce air pollution, cut sound and help reduce carbon emissions in the inner cities.”
There are significant cost savings to be made in last mile delivery by companies that go electric. As well as being kinder to the atmosphere and more efficient, Royale EV’s fleets have enhanced driver safety and robotic delivery mechanisms.
“Climate change is all around us. By collaborating with Royale EV, we feel with the increased reliance on delivery due to COVID-19, now is the time to drive real change in our carbon-intensive vertical,” Rollo tells IndustryWeek. “The total cost of ownership of electric vehicles is lower than traditional gas-powered vehicles, thus keeping more money in the pockets of GoFor Drivers. We also feel that deliveries being as green as possible will appeal to businesses who share our environmental concerns.”
GoFor has seen strong growth in its business, that also includes two-person bulky goods deliveries, during the pandemic. Among its portfolio includes the US biggest home improvement retail chain.
“Online buying and consumers that want their products delivered today are here to stay,” Rollo said. “Our focus is on helping businesses big or small get their products into the hands of customers faster — with an 11 out of 10 delivery experience every time.”
Why Royale EV? Says Rollo, “”Royale EV is electrifying existing vocational vehicle chassis, not building new vehicles from scratch. They are also electrifying a full suite (beyond just a transit van conversion) of vocational vehicles — all of which fit the GoFor delivery model.”
“Market demand far outstrips supply right now, and the biggest challenge fleet operators face is how to manage the complexity and cost of switching to an unfamiliar transportation platform and infrastructure,” said Ian Gardner, Royale EV CEO. “We make switching transportation platforms easy by managing all of the different elements for the operator and by giving a superior delivery experience at a steady, predictable cost.”