Are More Electric Trucks on the Way?
The freight transportation industry is one where innovation is constant. From new electronic logging devices to improved components beneath the hood, there are many technological advances that have changed the way drivers do their jobs.
While electric trucks have been rumored and discussed for the past decade, this new type of truck may become a reality sooner rather than later. Tesla has led the way in helping many vehicles make the transition to run on electricity rather than traditional fuel. Cars, school busses, and garbage trucks have all gotten the battery treatment in the past – and it appears commercial trucks may be next on this list.
Various professional partnerships have allowed TransPower to add a dozen battery-electric trucks to their fleet. While the trucks will not find their way to the road on regular routes until 2018 and 2019, the industry is largely optimistic about using electric vehicles to meet the needs of customers.
The Kalmar T2 tractor was unveiled recently, and more electric models are expected to debut in the industry soon. Given that charging stations are not expected to become common for quite some time, it is unlikely that these vehicles will replace traditional trucks in the near future. However, variety of this kind is something that could present opportunities for carriers of all sizes.