It’s exciting times for the HGV world not only because of the announcement about the brand new electrical postal vans but also the development of an electric HGV by Tesla. Tesla has always been known for producing high-end cars, and this is why it’s exciting to see them entering the HGV industry.
“We have been waiting for some considerable time for electric HGVs to hit the market. Let’s not forget to mention there is a good chance of a diesel ban in the near future, which is why we’re hoping HGVs that run on electricity will change the entire haulage industry”, adds Dave Regan from TheLGVTrainingCompany.co.uk
Last August Tesla announced its new electric truck. The initial HGV will have a range of between 200 and 500 miles, and subsequent vehicles will have a range of 1000 miles, and that’s just on a single charge. From the way things look, the early models will be produced in a facility in Fremont California, and the models will have a day cab. They won’t feature a sleeper section, but sources did say eventually the feature will be added when the longer distance HGVs are released.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, revealed what the all-electric Tesla looked like in a series of images. The images showed a lorry with its LED lights shining brightly in the darkness. This was the moment when Musk confirmed that he wanted to enter the commercial market, and this is proof that he is doing just that. The images that Musk showed revealed a curvy design, which was done to boost both efficiency and aerodynamics.
In the past, it was said the HGV would reach 62 mph, but as of now, we don’t think this will happen anytime soon. Tesla’s intentions seem to try to match the torque and range of a traditional tractor unit that is powered by a diesel. As you can see, this is quite an ambitious goal for the company, and this is one of the reasons we are excited about the electric HGV hitting the market. In the future, the vehicle may very well have no problems reaching 62 mph.
Cummins might have beaten Tesla to the punch because they have just released their own electric HGV before Tesla. Cummins is known for being a leader in the industry and for creating quality natural and diesel gas engines for vehicles that are used for commercial purposes. The new model features a battery pack (140 kWh), which will eventually go on sale separately for commercial HGV fleets and bus fleets.
The 18,000-pound cab is only a demonstration model. However, the vehicle is fully operational and it is capable of hauling a 22-tonne trailer with no problems at all. That is impressive and it just goes to show you that the vehicle is durable.
The Cummins model has a range of 100 miles, which is also a key feature, but the model is being targeted at vehicles that conduct urban deliveries. The charge time on the vehicle is for an hour and by 2020 that number could be brought down to just 20 minutes. This is one of the reasons why the Cummins model is expected to be a huge hit.
Not only that, but the real vehicles will be manufactured in 2019. This means electric HGVs will be widely available in less than two years. That is not a long time until we see a revolutionary change in HGV’s.
It’s going to be interesting to see if electric HGVs will become sustainable. However, some work might still need to be done. Only time will tell whether or not this will be the case.