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Posted: 08/29/17 11:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting article about an electric Class 7 truck .

Begs the question, are electric powered heavy duty pickups...ready for HD towing service... far behind ?

Range right now is somewhat limited, but where will it be in 5, 10, 15 years ?


Maybe the future is closer than we think.


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They've got to start somewhere, but....

The author thought it would have a 100 mile range. That's not much for class 7 truck that's going to do city delivery work. Then before they go 100 miles they'll have to drive back to the yard for a 1 hour or longer charge. What are they going to do, buy twice as many tractors as they use now so they always have a set on charge. That's just going to kill productivity.

It would be interesting to see what the batteries consisted of. Maybe they'll make the battery packs so they swap out like electric forklifts?

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Lessmore wrote:

Interesting article about an electric Class 7 truck .

Begs the question, are electric powered heavy duty pickups...ready for HD towing service... far behind ?

Range right now is somewhat limited, but where will it be in 5, 10, 15 years ?


Maybe the future is closer than we think.


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100 Miles is not much at all. I know in Europe they have been exprimenting with MDT's for urban work. Scania had actrolley bus like Class 8 . It ran on freeways then City streets to recharge

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Check this class 8 out. 1200 miles with zero emissions.


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A few years back I had the opportunity to work with a gentleman who was on Tesla's board of directors. He told me that he didn't think Tesla's future was as an auto manufacturer. It was as a battery technology company.

If someone figures out the technology to hold the type of charge needed for this type of vehicle, they will be a wealthy individual.


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Electricity is not zero emissions. Much electricity is being produced by diesel or coal powered generators.....even hydro electricity requires some diesel/emissions to build the dam.


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What about the pollution required to make and then dispose/recycle of the batteries? We will have to create more power plants to produce more power thus more pollution from the plants. On top of that our outdated electric infrastructure probably couldn't handle mass fleets of electric powered vehicles. Great concept but there is always a down side.


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Bionic Man wrote:

A few years back I had the opportunity to work with a gentleman who was on Tesla's board of directors. He told me that he didn't think Tesla's future was as an auto manufacturer. It was as a battery technology company.

If someone figures out the technology to hold the type of charge needed for this type of vehicle, they will be a wealthy individual.



Why not have a trolley wire embedded in the pavement on certain roads. Vehicles could recharge while they travel on those particular roads.

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4x4ord wrote:

Electricity is not zero emissions. Much electricity is being produced by diesel or coal powered generators.....even hydro electricity requires some diesel/emissions to build the dam.


Plus ... Battery production technology is NOT clean emissions as advertised ...
Tesla car battery production releases as........ch C02 as 8 years of gasoline emissions!

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crcr wrote:

4x4ord wrote:

Electricity is not zero emissions. Much electricity is being produced by diesel or coal powered generators.....even hydro electricity requires some diesel/emissions to build the dam.


Plus ... Battery production technology is NOT clean emissions as advertised ...
Tesla car battery production releases as........ch C02 as 8 years of gasoline emissions!


That is, as they say nowadays, "fake news."

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/hyb........tesla-battery-emissions-study-fake-news/

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That Tesla Battery Emissions Study Making the Rounds? It's Bunk.
No, making a Tesla battery does not equal eight years of driving an internal combustion car.



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