Are Electric HGVs the Next Big Thing in Commercial Haulage?

By: Wesley Fryer

The HGV world is excited about the latest news in this industry. The first electric postal vans are already here. Moreover, the cutting edge car manufacturer Tesla has announced the unveiling of their first electric HGV. As Tesla is well known for its high-quality vehicles, the new lorry is expected to be nothing less than amazing. If everything goes well, this launch can mark the beginning of a revolution in the haulage industry. As the threat of a diesel ban appears to be imminent, chances are electric HGVs will be adopted by all major HGV organisations in this industry. Let’s see what Tesla has in store for us!

The New Electric HGV From Tesla is Here

Tesla has made it public that they will soon launch an all-electric truck. This HGV will have a range of 200-300 miles. This may not seem much, but the manufacturer has stated that the subsequent models will reach a mileage of 1000 miles. There are some rumours that their early models are going to be produced in Fremont, California, and they won’t include a sleeper section. This feature is supposed to be added to longer distance models.

New Aerodynamic Model

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has published a series of images of this all-electric Tesla truck. Although the details aren’t clear, it appears that the new lorry is going to be curvier than other HGVs in its class. This will make it more aerodynamic, and therefore more efficient. These photos are the firm confirmation that Tesla intends to enter the commercial vehicles market, and that this is going to happen sooner rather than later. According to Elon Musk, their electric HGV will boast an impressive 0-62 mph time. Nonetheless, we doubt it is truly going to be as fast as Tesla’s CEO has claimed. The intention of the manufacturer is to match the torque and the range of existing diesel HGV tractor units. In our opinion, this is a very daring goal. Under these circumstances, we are excited to see this monster on the road.

Whose Offering Is The Best?

Although Tesla’s announcement is exciting, there is something that overshadows it a little. Cummins, one of the top manufacturers of natural gas and diesel engines has just launched their own class 7 heavy-duty all-electric truck cab. They are already slightly ahead of Tesla. Powered by a state of the art 140 kWh battery pack, this model will go on sale on two separate channels, one for buses and the other one for commercial HGV fleets. This is expected to happen in 2019. For the time being, this 18,000-pound truck cab is only a demonstration model. Nonetheless, Cummins officials have stated that it is a fully operational unit, able to haul a 22-tonne trailer without any problem.

Rapid 1 Hour Charging Time

The Cummins model has a range of 100 miles, and it only needs one hour to fully recharge. The manufacturer announced the goal of reducing the charging time to 20 minutes by 2020. They’ve also announced the beginning of production for 2019, so we can expect to see these trucks on the road pretty soon. Whether they are going to live up to the expectations of the big players in this industry, only time will tell. Until then, we can only stay tuned and keep an eye on Tesla, Cummins and all other HGV manufacturers who are going to attempt entering this new era of commercial transport.

What is your take on this? Would you say electric HGVs have a bright future ahead? Will the major players in the commercial hauling industry be interested in buying such vehicles for their fleets? Maybe they’ll wait until manufacturers will manage to increase the range before starting to replace their older vehicles with all-electric ones.

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