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AEV Summit: Ryder’s Salvail discusses climbing the EV learning curve

Company’s EV guru says OEMs, fleets need to understand electrification is ‘new technology’

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: Testing the short-term needs for electric vehicles

DETAILS: Electrification is a learning curve for commercial fleets and OEMs. One of the leading players, Ryder System Inc. (NYSE:R), is testing the waters with electrified vehicles. Ryan Salvail, who is at the forefront of Ryder’s EV efforts, says the landscape is both embryonic and evolutionary. Production at a meaningful scale has yet to begin. There may be substantial up-front costs to convert fleets to electrification. Technologies will change rapidly, charging infrastructure will need to become top of mind, and the upskilling of technicians to service the new equipment will be required. Salvail spoke to Mark B. Solomon, senior writer at FreightWaves.

SPEAKER: Salvail is the director of advanced vehicle technology for Ryder System.

BIO: Salvail leads new and existing sales channels with Ryder’s internal and external teams, providing overall product and sales guidance in the areas of advanced vehicle technology, advanced fuel, charging infrastructure and regulatory environment for Ryder’s commercial offerings.

KEY QUOTES FROM SALVAIL:

“Technology evolution is going to move quickly. Vehicles could look different than they do today in a short period of time.”

“I think grants and incentives are necessary for early adoption. There is definitely a premium for these vehicles.”

“When we talk to fleets, we find that the issue of [battery] charging is overlooked and often undervalued. Charging is the key to proper vehicle utilization.” 

On leaving the fossil fuel comfort zone: “Change is hard. This is a different application. However, as the performance of EVs becomes comparable to that of [internal combustion engines], we will have better use cases.”

On the challenges in training maintenance and repair technicians: “It’s yet to be seen what the maintenance demands will be on the vehicles. However, you’re going to need a high certification of tech to work on them.”

Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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