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IKEA: EV Case Study

IKEA: EV Case Study Overview

This case study, provided by IKEA, highlights how electric performed in the context of a one-day test carried out in China with one EV truck.

Part 1: Baseline Fleet and Technology

This section describes the characteristics of the existing technology in the fleet (i.e. prior to the test). This provides information on the fleet characteristics, duty cycle details, and region of operation for the technology being tested.

Company Name IKEA - Transport Partner

Vehicle Type Container truck

Refueling Onsite

Average Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) 13,198 miles (21,240 kilometers)

Hours of Operation 3,186

Average Load 27,612 tons

Maximum Load 42,480 tons

Length of Haul 4 kilometers from warehouse to port

Return to Base Yes

Country China

City or Region Dongguan


Part 2: Technology and Test Purpose

This section describes the type of technology tested and primary reasons behind the test.

Test Purpose Cost savings, innovation, sustainability


Part 3: Test Parameters

This section describes the actual parameters used to test the new sustainable technology, including number of vehicles tested, testing timeline, additional training and infrastructure requirements, etc.

Sample Size 1 EV

Test Dates December 13, 2017

Total Miles Tested 60 kilometers

Total Hours Tested 9 hours

Average Load Tested 15 tons

Maximum Load Tested 16.6 tons

Time to Fuel (in Minutes) 60 minutes

Testing Barriers (optional) Something about operation is different with diesel truck, need some training before drive.


Part 4: Supporting Services

This section describes the additional supporting services needed for the sustainable technology tested, including details on fuel type, infrastructure requirements, and personnel training.

Fuel Type Electric

Feedstock Use charging car before charging pile finish set up in warehouse

Level of Readily Available Infrastructure High

New/Special Infrastructure Requirements Set up charging pile in warehouse.

Special Training Requirements Driving habits, IOP of charging, emergency measures


Part 5: Operational Performance

This section describes the key metrics used to measure operational performance of the alternative fuel or technology, benchmarked against the current technology used in the fleet.

Driver Satisfaction Average

Special Training Requirements Driving habits, IOP of charging, emergency measures

Special Maintenance Requirements The vehicle is assembled from different party, so we need to contact different parts for maintenance

Additional Challenges for Fleet Vehicle maintenance, charging pile set up, circuit transform


Part 6: Financial Performance

This section describes company’s expectations for financial and economic performance of the technology, benchmarked against the incumbent fuel/technology. Where noted, minus (-) is savings and plus (+) is additional costs for the fleet.

Fuel Premiums/Savings -30%

Maintenance Premiums/Savings -10%

Did You Use Subsidies? Yes


Part 7: Conclusions

Will You Include This Technology in Your Fleet? Yes

Additional Comments Cost savings, sustainability

Would You Recommend this Technology for Other Fleets or Applications? Yes

Additional Comments Cost savings, sustainability



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