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Old 01-07-2019, 04:22 PM   #1
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Electric Truck Tow Vehicle

Gas vs Diesel? Maybe sooner rather than later we'll be adding "Electric" to the discussion. This is a concept truck, but the idea is tantalizing!

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Old 01-07-2019, 05:10 PM   #2
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Their claims and specs remind me of the mid-80's into the 90's where software companies would announce a nice new piece of software that would be available at some later date. They would give you specs and glowing reports of how it worked, yet the delivery date was months if not a year or more down the road. When the software actually was delivered it did only some of what was advertised, cost more than estimated and it was delayed even months longer then the promised available date. We used to call it VAPORWARE... announced yet not deliverable. Announcement was purely to protect some amount of market share.

Personally I would want to see something a little more concrete before getting excited.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:29 PM   #3
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This is looking more and more like the future. Not near future but the future. There is a reason why trains are electric based. Those freight trains use diesel engines to generate electricity that run motors that actually turn the wheel. There is massive torque in electric motors.

The problem is recharging the batteries. This company claims a full recharge in 15 minutes, which is great, but in reading their details they have attained this only in smaller batteries and assume that it will scale up. Also, after doing some reading, it is the "fast" chargers that are shortening the life of the lithium ion batteries in your smart devices. Even Tesla has said that regularly using fast chargers shortens the lifespan of their batteries.

Maybe if you only use the fast chargers while out on the road it won't be so bad. It is looking like electric is definitely in the future, especially once battery and charging technology improves.
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18 wheelers are electric now
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:16 AM   #5
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Its just a matter of time before battery technology becomes feasable for this application, and hopefully sooner than we might otherwise guess. Just think - no more 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton; gas vs diesel; and no more oil threads...

Still need tires though... lol
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I haven't heard of an 18 wheeler that is a viable electric vehicle!
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I haven't heard of an 18 wheeler that is a viable electric vehicle!
While not in production yet, Tesla has several prototypes actually running around currently. Just Google electric semi.

I would love an electric truck to haul my RV, but don't think they will be affordable for folks like myself in my lifetime.....
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:41 AM   #9
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Its just a matter of time before battery technology becomes feasable for this application, and hopefully sooner than we might otherwise guess. Just think - no more 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton; gas vs diesel; and no more oil threads...

Still need tires though... lol
Not any time soon. Take a look at the third sentence of Post# 3. 80 years ago we had submarines that were electric powered, but it still took a massive internal combustion engine running on bunker fuel to charge up the batteries. There is no well to draw electricity from. It has to be generated. The current power grids in the U.S. are antiquated and we haven't built any new transmission lines in the past 40 years. You will continue to see your Volts, Prius', Leafs and Teslas out on the road, but the wholesale conversion from fossil fuels to electric powered vehicles is a long way down the road.
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Class 8 trucks are currently in the testing stage and are being mostly used for delivery applications and around certain ports where air pollution is a problem. Electric trucks are still in their infancy & as soon as their range is increased they will become more common.
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