A new step forward for Arcese Group's sustainable strategy - the fully-electric E-Ducato vehicle makes its debut in Milan for the first zero-emissions deliveries
An increasingly green future: this is one of the main objectives for the transport and logistics sector, which sees the road to eco-sustainability characterised by ever new and important challenges aimed at reducing the environmental impact along the entire supply chain. It is an objective led by Europe, for which the European Green Deal has declared the goal of becoming climate neutral by 20501. In this context, optimisation of resources, investment in innovation and digitalisation are confirmed as the guiding elements of Arcese's strategy; a strategy that sees sustainability as a fundamental lever.
This is demonstrated by the Arcese Group's numerous initiatives in this area, including the partnership with Fiat Professional and the recent delivery of the brand new E-Ducato.
Fiat Professional's first full electric model will in fact be used by Arcese for the next two months as a pilot test. This pioneering collaboration will enable Arcese to be one of the first logistics operators to test the vehicle and collect the data needed to assess the possibility of using E-Ducato to expand its range of low environmental impact vehicles for urban and near-urban distribution. The trial will also allow Stellantis to collect valuable feedback and driving data on the new vehicle.
With the E-Ducato, Arcese will serve Milan’s metropolitan area in a triple green mode: fewer emissions, less noise pollution and reduced traffic in the city centre are in fact among the sustainable consequences closely linked to the use of the E-Ducato, which, thanks to a significantly greater capacity than that of standard vans, makes it possible to reduce the number of operating vehicles in circulation.
The vehicle was officially handed over at the beginning of May in the presence of the Fiat Professional team, represented by Salvatore Cardile, Head of Marketing for Italy for Commercial Vehicles & Converters, Angelica Carapezza, Electrification Programs Manager at Fiat Professional Europe, and Daniele Ferraguto as District Sales Manager for Italy, as well as Lorenzo Piccoli, Simona Melai and Carlo La Corte, respectively Business Development Director, Sustainability Manager and Transport Technical Manager of the Arcese Group.
For Eric Laforge, LCV Manager of Stellantis in Europe, this is an important step towards the increasing integration of E-Ducato within the many professional companies like Arcese. "We are delighted that the Arcese Group has turned its attention to our brand by participating enthusiastically in a pilot project to build the best possible electric vehicle to reach their objectives.”
The partnership with Arcese is part of Stellantis' e-mobility strategy, which is focused on creating a system of multi-sector collaborations that will enable the effective deployment of sustainable mobility, in this case, in logistics. For this reason, the e-Mobility team has always taken part in the joint working groups, with its knowledge of recharging services (private and public), innovative projects to stabilise the 'Vehicle To Grid' electric network and the creation of apps such as Pro Fit by E-Ducato, which allow the performance of Fiat Professional's new electric vehicle to be simulated virtually.
"We are proud to be part of this ambitious project," says Matteo Arcese, Executive President of the Group, who continues: "The partnership with Fiat Professional is testament to the mutual commitment of our two companies to constantly seek innovative solutions to meet the needs of our respective customers and reduce our carbon footprint. The vehicle in the pilot phase is a pre-series, which is why we will be testing it to reach increasingly demanding objectives in terms of mileage, time and type of goods transported (in terms of weight). It is a challenge that does not faze us: the promise of the new E-Ducato, in fact, already after the first few days of testing, is perfectly in line with our expectations in terms of speed, safety, reliability but above all for the "green" aspects, thanks to the reduction of CO₂ emissions into the atmosphere."