In 2017 Tesla shocked the transport sector by announcing their plans to launch a Semi electric lorry. The new lorries were set to be going into production in 2019, however issues with the battery supply have caused a push back to 2020. Despite this, customers are still able to reserve the new Semis with existing customers which include large companies such as Walmart, UPS and FedEx.
Elon Musk claims that the Semi will be capable of driving for up to 600 miles on a single charge, even when fully loaded. The Semi’s energy is claimed to be capable of recovering 98% of kinetic energy to the battery but can also be charged using the new high-speed DC Tesla Megachargers that are said to add around 400 miles in just 30 minutes of charging.
Other companies have also started to announce their own version of Electric HGVs.
The Swedish company Volta have partnered up with the British engineering firm ProDrive for a brand new all electric, pedestrian friendly 16-tonne HGV. Their aim is to produce a zero emissions HGV with extra safety features to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
Their concept vehicle puts the driver in the centre of the HGV with the passengers placed on either side. This allows the driver a 220 – degree field of view. The usual high-mounted wing mirrors have also been removed and replaced with rear-view cameras which eliminates blind spots. Another new feature is that fact that the driver sits low-down at eye-level with the pedestrians which can also limit the chance of a collision.
Then there is Hyundai who recently trademarked ‘Neptune’ which we now know is the name of their conceptual HGV. With the official name of HDC-6 Neptune, this vehicle will also be zero-emissions. This all electric truck will feed on hydrogen and will hopefully be debuted in 2019. The new concept renders look very futuristic with multiple screens and is missing the usual conventional buttons and knobs.
Do you think its about time that HGVs are given an update, or do you think these are unnecessary advances?
Which companies’ new HGV would you prefer?