Electric Semi Truck Has a Range of 100 Miles on One Hour's Charge

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 7:45PM
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 7:45PM
Electric Semi Truck Has a Range of 100 Miles on One Hour's Charge
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The point where owners of gas-guzzlers can make fun of electric cars is rapidly disappearing in the rear-view mirror - Cummins has announced a big, meaty haulage truck that runs entirely on electric power.

The truck, which weighs 18,000lbs, is designed for inner city and residential deliveries, so it won't be hitting the open road just yet for miles of cargo hauling, but it's a nice step in the right direction, especially considering that the zero-emission vehicle is capable of getting a hundred miles of travel distance out of a fully charged battery.

Currently, the battery will charge to full capacity in around an hour, but the company is hoping that by 2020, they'll be able to reduce charging time to a mere 20 minutes, making these an incredibly effective option for delivery companies operative looking for a cheap short range haulage option.




This truck is only a concept model at present, showing off what Cummins intends to do with their range of trucks over the next few years. The plan is to follow this up with an even further-reaching hybrid truck that'll be better designed for even longer journeys. In this, they're racing Tesla, who are planning to unveil their own electric truck soon, and are aiming for an impressive 300 mile range once their vehicle is ready for the market.

This is still a long way from the 1,000 miles that a gas-powered eighteen wheeler can manage, but considering the relative running cost and environmental impact of an electric car, there's a good chance that both Tesla and Cummins will find a market for their slightly less powerful alternatives to traditional haulage.

While at present most attention that's pointed towards Elon Musk's Tesla company revolves around their self-driving cars, an increasing amount of the company's resource is currently going into finding ways to make electric batteries smaller and more powerful (when they're not drilling big car-shaped holes in the ground). One of the big drawbacks of electricity as a fuel for motor vehicles has historically been the challenge of creating rechargeable batteries that hold enough power to provide a solid driving range.

This is something that Cummins is working on as well, although the company fully admits that the technology isn't quite ready to produce large eighteen wheelers that could replace the current crop of America's haulage trucks.

Still, though, they've managed to beat Elon Musk to the punch with unveiling their electric concept truck, and that's got to feel good as the company continues to work towards more energy efficient electric heavy goods vehicles.

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