Shipping Electric Vehicles
The average electric vehicle (EV) weighs about 1,000 pounds more than its combustible engine counterpart. It is not surprising, then, that vehicle transporters command a premium to ship EVs, due to their added weight.
For a vehicle transporter, an added half-ton of weight (per electric vehicle) equals lower gas mileage and possibly fewer vehicles that can go on their trailer, to prevent going over their DOT weight limits. It is therefore easy to see why they require higher rates for EVs.
When shipping an EV with a charger, be certain to list the charger as a specific item on the Bill of Lading or BOL. All loose contents MUST be listed on the BOL, including chargers, extra keys, or any specialty items such as embossed mats that are not part of the vehicle itself.
EVs can ship on transport trucks with any amount of charge sufficient for the trip. However, if shipping an EV overseas, the vehicle charge must be between 45% and 55% or the port will refuse to take it. Maritime regulations for fuel and charge levels are very stringent.
Team Alex wants its customers to understand the ins and outs of shipping EVs, and to always keep them informed of new trends in the vehicle shipping industry.