Examples of electric trucks are as varied as the overall “trucks” category itself is, but includes full battery electric, fuel cell electric, and hybrid electric:

  • Ambulances
  • Container truck tractors
  • City / municipal buses
  • Dump trucks
  • Fire trucks (Pumper, ladder, and heavy rescue)
  • Food and ice cream service trucks
  • Forklift trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Light-duty cargo trucks
  • Local delivery vans
  • Mail trucks
  • Milk trucks
  • Mining trucks
  • Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs)
  • Pickup trucks
  • Repair / service vans
  • Semi-trailer trucks
  • Specialty buses
  • Tourism buses
  • Tow trucks
  • Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs)

Why switch to electric trucks and buses?

The primary benefit of an electric truck or bus – of any size or purpose – is that full battery electric trucks don’t pollute the air with diesel or gasoline carbon emissions, don’t pollute our roads, bridges, and worksites with spilled fuel or toxic residues, and run so quietly that they add virtually nothing to noise pollution. Electric hybrid trucks and buses also pollute significantly less than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks and buses. Even more, because they don’t pollute and run almost silently, electric trucks and buses are much better than traditional vehicles for transporting cargo or passengers in and around highly-congested or enclosed areas, such as crowded tourist areas, busy shipping ports, transit centers, warehouses, hospitals, sports arenas, college or corporate campuses, mines, tunnels, and more. Basically, anywhere that an operator sees a need to minimize pollutants and noise dramatically, they need to use electric trucks and buses.

In addition, the operating costs of using electric trucks and buses can be lower than those of internal combustion engines (ICEs). While the upfront costs can seem high, those costs have come down significantly in recent years. The costs of electrical power are often equal to or lower than fossil fuels, and maintenance costs on all electric systems are often significantly less than ICE systems. In addition, electricity can be generated in many different ways, including onboard regenerative braking, solar panels, and more, so electric truck and bus operators are also not dependent on one energy source.

More than just electricity

Trucks have had electrical systems for more than 100 years, but for most of those years that electrical system was limited to starting an internal combustion engine (ICE), then powering lights and accessories. However, the best electric truck and bus power and propulsion systems today maximize the use of electricity throughout the vehicle from day one. Those electric trucks and buses have next-generation electric drive systems that use the latest materials and technology to ensure better performance and longer range by providing the high efficiency necessary to enable operators to travel more zero emission miles between every single charge.

Reliable motors and highly efficient power electronics are powering trucks, buses, and other work vehicles around the globe today, reinforced by transformative new battery technologies, sensor-optimized performance tracking, and the global need to cut greenhouse gases. While most high profile electric truck systems developers are in the United States, Europe, China, and India so far, there is demand for those systems in every country worldwide, and increasing climate change events are only driving that demand higher.

Related Topics to Explore

Battery Electric Trucks & Buses • Combined Charging Systems (CCS) • Electric Bus Solutions • Electric Drive Systems • Electric Military and Truck Solutions • Electric Truck Energy Consumption • Electric Truck Manufacturers • Electric Truck Range Distance • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) • Fuel Cell Electric Trucks • Hybrid Electric City Buses • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Systems • Hydrogen Fueling Stations • Mobile Solar Charging Panels • Municipal Bus Charging Systems • Plug-In Electric Trucks • Smart Charging • Ultracapacitors • Zero Emissions Electric Truck


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