Electric Semi-Trucks and the Expansion of the Use of Electric Trucks

Updated 2021

Electric 18-wheelers

A person need only turn on a cable news channel and view for a reasonable period before seeing a report about electric vehicles. From hybrids to all-electric derivations, the age of the electric motor vehicle is upon us.

One area in which electric vehicles are almost nonexistent is in the semi-truck arena. Industry analysts have started to speculate that the time in which commercial electric semi-trucks will be in wider use. With this in mind, there are some essential considerations you need to bear in mind when it comes to electric semi-trucks.

The Virtual Nonuse of Electric Semi-trucks Today

At this juncture in the 21st century, electric semi-trucks are almost nonexistent in the United States and other locations around the world. There are a few key reasons why electric semi-trucks are not being fully utilized today.

First, the costs associated with manufacturing an electric semi-truck are significant. With that understood, the cost associated with producing electric semi-trucks eventually is expected to decrease when more of the vehicles made.

Second, because semi-trucks typically are intended for extended trips, better battery life and increasing limited recharging opportunities when on the road will lead to more companies using electric rigs.

History of Electric Trucks: The Milk Float

Although the utilization of electric semi-trucks has been next to none, electric trucks of different types have been in use. In some cases, these types of vehicles have used very successfully.

During the 20th century, the vast majority of electric trucks in operation were in the U.K. and were known as milk floats. Indeed, at this juncture of the 21st century, when it comes to electric trucks, U.S. milk floats play a key role.

Electric milk floats are the trucks the deliver milk in the U.K. With all the stops and starts of a milk float making its rounds, electric, as opposed to a combustion engine proves far more efficient.

The Port of Los Angeles

An electric semi-truck experimental project is ongoing at the Port of Los Angeles. At the Port of Los Angeles, electric semi-trucks move fully loaded cargo containers relatively short distances. Because these containers do not need to be moved very far, the range does not enter the equation. The use of electric semi-trucks has a reduced energy consumption and will be cost-effective for trucking companies when initial costs come down, and infrastructure for recharging exists.

Once the dual issues of manufacturing cost and battery charge lifespan are solved, the use of electric semi-trucks is expected to increase rapidly.  Also, safety issues are expected to be minimized with the elimination of diesel on future big rigs.

In fact, several auto manufacturers have recently announced that all new vehicles will be electric in just a few years.

2021 Sees a Bright Future for Electric Vehicles

The growth in electric vehicle use is a trend that will continue. The biggest drawback has been cost and charge time. However, both cost and charge time have become more attractive. Also, batteries are being developed which are more efficient.  Combined with self-driving technology, the future is bright for electric trucks.

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