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Carbon emissions remain a key concern across the globe today.
Motor vehicles are one major area of conflict, contributing to man’s carbon footprint on a daily basis. Electric cars are touted as a greener alternative to mainstream fuel-based models, but what about the trucks countless businesses depend upon to transport their goods?
A recent study by McKinsey Energy Insights posits that trucks running entirely on electricity will account for a sizable portion of sales as soon as 2030, making a powerful impact on energy markets.
We’re told this would be a better option for the planet, yet what overall advantages and disadvantages do electric trucks pose?
Advantages of Electric Trucks
The most important benefit electric trucks offer is a reduced effect on our environment. Thousands of trucks hit the world’s roads every day, each making its own small (yet significant) contribution to pollution. Electric trucks require charging to run, which creates some emissions, but still fewer than those involved in standard fuel-based vehicles.
One key advantage electric trucks offer is that they are more low-maintenance than those with an internal combustion engine. The latter is more complex creations, made up of numerous moving parts, and consequently, demand to service on a regular basis to perform at their best.
With electric vehicles, fewer complexities are involved – meaning fewer things can go wrong. As a result, servicing tends to be cheaper too, saving drivers money in the long run; for businesses operating fleets of trucks and independent truckers alike, these savings could have a serious positive impact on earnings.
As more and more drivers switch to electric trucks, charging zones and batteries will continue to become more common, ensuring drivers have greater means to keep their trucks going. Adoption is expected to be so widespread by 2030 that charging stations may be as standardized as gas stations are today.
Disadvantages of Electric Trucks
One disadvantage of electric trucks (for the time being, at least) is the limited range. Most tend to have the capacity for between 100 and 300 miles for every charge, while Tesla’s much-discussed new electric semi-truck is said to lean closer to the latter.
Over time, this range will continue to improve, with each charge providing drivers with more juice. However, at present, truckers will have to plan their routes more carefully to make sure they stay within reach of a charging station (or risk becoming stranded).
Electric trucks also take far longer to recharge than standard fuel tanks take to fill up – as many as eight hours, depending on the model. Truckers may struggle to make deliveries on time if they continually have to take long breaks in order to recharge and will need to plan accordingly.
There is also less choice of electric trucks than fuel-based vehicles too, yet more widespread adoption will lead to increased diversity in the industry.
Another important point to consider is that electric trucks may still run out of energy on the road, leaving drivers (and their cargo) stranded. Towing truck companies, such as J&C Towing, will continue to play a vital role and adapt to the increasing number of electric trucks.
While electric trucks have their pros and cons, the widespread adoption of a cleaner, greener form of such common transport is inspiring. It makes one wonder what other positive changes may arise from the power of electric vehicles in decades to come.