Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

Battery electric vehicles – also known as BEVs – are fully electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. All energy to run the vehicles come from a battery pack, which is recharged from the grid, and most BEVs are capable of fast charging and L2 charging with zero emissions.

Considering these charging requirements, unique procedures are often required to appropriately handle BEVs as they’re transported from the assembly plant to delivery (i.e., dealer delivery and/or port of exit for international destinations). Consequently, as BEV volumes increased, OEMs identified the need for an efficient, systemic approach to transportation, with battery charging integrated into the vehicle’s entire supply chain.

In response to this industry call-to-action, AIAG created its Battery Electric Vehicle Work Group – with OEM leadership and volunteers from railroads, ocean carriers, inspection companies, port processors, yard management companies, and 3PLs – to develop a guidance document for all parties involved in BEV handling.

Now available at the AIAG Store, the new Finished Vehicle Logistics Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Supply Chain Handling Guideline, 1st Edition, addresses critical questions including how many charging points are necessary, whether fast or slow charging is most efficient, where charging points should be set up, and much more. The document also provides guidance on safety resources and government agencies available to assist service/transportation providers in the event of an emergency, and will serve as a critical part of the Finished Vehicle Transportation industry training and standard operating processes.

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These companies participated in this work group:


Company Participants

  • Alliance Inspection Management
  • Auto Transport Group LLC
  • Auto Warehousing Co.
  • Cassens Transport Company
  • CN (Canadian National Railway Company)
  • CSX Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Company
  • Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport
  • Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC
  • International Auto Processing (IAP)
  • Kansas City Southern (KCS)
  • KCS - Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Liberty Global Logistics
  • Nissan North America
  • RPM Freight Systems
  • Rubicon VLS
  • SSA Marine- Auto Division
  • Stellantis
  • TM Claim Service, Inc. (Pasadena, CA)
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • US AutoLogistics
  • Vascor, Ltd.
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

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Including critical questions such as how many charging points are necessary, and whether fast or slow charging is most efficient, this guidance document addresses the proper handling of BEVs by railroads, car haulers, yard managers, port processors, marine terminals, and 3PLs.

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