Self-Driving vs. Electric Trucks: Which is the Better Prospect?
The trucking industry has seen many innovations as of late. With driverless prototypes already completing test runs and electric trucks rumored to be in regular production within a couple years, drivers are gauging their options.
Every advance in the trucking industry brings both pros and cons. For truckers and carriers, the security of their jobs is always the first priority. Without a functional trucking industry, the US economy would suffer greatly. Trucking companies must ensure they can manage costs and that the upgrades they’ll need to make won’t present financial concerns.
Driverless trucks are a long-term topic in the trucking field. Administrators are aware of the timeline for this technology, and autonomous vehicles won’t be a major threat to trucking jobs for some time. These vehicles may help carriers deal with the driver shortage, but conditions in the field may have also changed by the time this technology is developed.
The prospect of electric trucks is much more alluring for carriers and drivers. Low maintenance, reduced costs, and a smaller carbon footprint are all perks that come with switching to electric. Just like driverless trucks, the technology for these vehicles is relatively young. Charging hardware will need to become more prominent, as will the rise of knowledgeable mechanics who can work on these vehicles.
If this does happen, it is likely that electric trucks will be a great investment for carriers and drivers alike. While driverless trucks have many people worried about the future of human labor in the industry, efficiently built electric trucks will present new opportunities for carriers of all sizes.