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Sep 4, 2016

ELECTRIC LONG-HAUL TRUCKS * USA: The most profitable ones now ?

* California - Heavy long-haul trucks are the kings of fuel consumption


... That’s why they are the best target for electrification from an economic standpoint. A 40-ton long-haul truck driving at 60 mph uses eight to 13 gallons of diesel per hour, according to a comprehensive survey from Sweden. This is $20 to $30 per hour, or in places like Britain, where the cost of diesel is higher, $40 to $60 per hour. This makes fuel costs higher than a driver’s salary on a per-hour basis, and is the largest percentage cost item for trucking companies on a monthly basis. If fuel costs can be cut in half by switching to electricity, electrification can be very interesting indeed for a truck operator... With the price of gas so low in the U.S., it could take more than a decade to recoup the higher cost of an electric car through the price savings of electricity over gasoline... The technology for this is already available. Battery trucks with a 120-mile range also exist. Automated charging stations like the Opbrid Trůkbaar are proven... So, if electrifying long-haul trucks is so profitable and technically easy to do, what’s the holdup? Change is always hard, but if profitability is at stake, it always arrives sooner rather than later... 
San Francisco, CAL, USA - Trucks.com - SEPT 1, 2016

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