Electric HGVs and Tesla’s New Truck
The latest news has shattered the HGV world as we know it. The new electric postal vans are impressive, but the new electric HGV announced by the well-known electric vehicles manufacturer Tesla is even better. Tesla is already famous for it’s high-end, stunningly beautiful cars, so it’s a pleasure to see it entering the HGV market. Choosing a career in the HGV industry has never been so exciting! Electric HGVs appear to have a promising future, taking into consideration the threat of a diesel ban that becomes more and more obvious. As all governments of developed countries make efforts to reduce the environmental pollution, such measures are closer than many of us think. This is why electric HGVs stand a good chance to become the norm at some point in the near future, provided that their manufacturers will be able to improve their range and their power. Let’s see what this is all about!
Tesla’s Electric HGV
It has already been confirmed that Tesla will launch an all-electric truck in the near future. Their initial model will have a range of 200-300 miles only, but the subsequent models will reach 1000 miles between charges. This should be enough to suit the requirements and the needs of many hauling companies. As far as we know, the manufacturer will produce this vehicle in Freemont, California. They won’t include a sleeper section, as their intention is to come up with a ‘day cab’ meant to cover shorter distances. According to insider sources, the manufacturer intends to develop long-distance models, as well. These models will have all the features of a regular HGV, a sleeper section included.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, revealed a few images of their all-electric commercial vehicle earlier this year. The images show the classy silhouette of an EV lorry, boasting brilliant LED lights, but showing very little to no details of the vehicle. Apparently, the new design is much curvier than many other vehicles in this class, hence the promise to offer a better efficiency due to its improved aerodynamics. Musk said the new vehicle will be amazingly fast, but we doubt it will reach the 0-62 mph quoted times. As far as we know, Tesla wants to replicate the range and torque of a classic HGV tractor unit. In our opinion, this is an extremely ambitious goal, as we are aware of the current limitations of electric vehicles. We can’t wait to see it coming to life!
Defeated or Not?
Tesla’s announcement has been overshadowed a little by Cummins, who have just launched their own electric HGV ahead of everyone else. Cummins is one of the major players in the diesel and natural gas engines manufacturing industry, so their new vehicle hasn’t come as a big surprise. This class 7 heavy-duty truck cab weighs no less than 18,000 pounds, and it featured an advanced 140 kWh battery pack. Although this is only a demonstration model, the manufacturer claims it is fully operational and able to haul a trailer without any problem. This demo model has been named AEOS (after one of the four winged horses of Helios). The Cummins electric HGV has a range of 100 miles only. However, this isn’t a major drawback, since the vehicle is going to be targeted at the urban delivery market. The company has already announced that the 1 hour charge time will be cut to 20 minutes by 2020. Moreover, the manufacturing will begin in 2019, so the first electric HGVs are soon going to become available.
What is your take on this issue? Do you consider that electric HGVs are sustainable? Are they a better alternative to diesel engines? Would you rather wait until their manufacturers find a way to increase their range before the major haulage organisations will take them into consideration?