Electric trucks start-up in cities

Categories: technology, environment

What? In July, 2016 German automaker Daimler launched its first all-electric heavy duty truck. The 26-ton vehicle has a 200-kilometre-range, and Daimler plans to start mass production within a decade, anticipating what batteries that are cheaper and more powerful will become available. Tesla and MAN Truck and Bus Company have also announced plans to manufacture e-trucks.

So what? The development of e-trucks could significantly impact urban traffic and quality of life through lower-noise levels and improvements in air quality. Until recently, battery-powered trucks seemed unfeasible due to high battery costs and relatively low capacity. However, many now anticipate that improvements in battery technology will enable the large-scale manufacture and use of e-trucks at a competitive price. Batteries with higher capacity could also extend the use of e-trucks from urban short-haul settings to long-haul trucking. Many believe that the trucking industry's complete reliance on gasoline fuels was a determining factor in the continuation of a petroleum-based transportation sector. However, the rise of e-truck may be a tipping point in changing the perception of e-vehicles and their practicality for everyday use. Daimler's unveiling of its e-truck highlights Germany's growing role as a world-leader in e-vehicles, with recent innovations and developments in the sector by German car manufacturers VWAudiMercedes Benz, and BMW including the successful testing of a semi-autonomous electric bus.

 

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