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Are you thinking of moving to an electric truck?Start planning, panelists say

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Cleveland — Fleets considering incorporating electric trucks into their fleet plan thoroughly and well in advance, according to experts gathered at the 2021 Technical Maintenance Council Autumn Conference and Transport Technology Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations. need to do it.

Alexander Voices, e-mobility product and sales strategy manager at Daimler Trucks North America, said the plan extends beyond vehicles to charging capabilities within the depot’s infrastructure. Voets spoke on September 14th at a technical session held as part of the conference.

“It’s not just vehicles that we need to consider,” Voets said. “You really need to think about the entire ecosystem. When you think about the electrification of your fleet, you absolutely need to recharge your infrastructure.”

UPS Inc. Michael McDonald (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

UPS Inc. Michael McDonald, Senior Director of Sustainability and Government Maintenance and Engineering, said some fleets plan to electrify a few years ago. He pointed out that many fleets are housed in old buildings and that planning is needed to energize such structures to charge trucks.

Michael Ross, secretary-general of the North American Freight Efficiency Council, said some people imagine that electric trucks only have homes in an environment lined with 70-degree palm trees. He said these vehicles are used nationwide.

“It’s not just California,” Roeth said. “There are electric trucks in Minneapolis and New York.”

According to panelists, the electric truck plan also applies to finances. Electric trucks are more expensive than diesel vehicles in advance, but Voets said electricity tends to be a cheaper source of energy than liquid fuel.

George Miller

BYD’s George Miller (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Weight is also an important consideration, as batteries are expensive and heavy. George Miller, BYD’s senior sales manager for domestic fleets, said batteries are heavier than diesel chassis, which affects the amount of payload a truck can carry.

Mark Jamieson, Senior Director of New Business Development for Cummins Inc., said: There is a cost penalty. “

In early electric vehicle applications, speakers have shown that certain truck driving can serve as a particularly good starting point. According to Voets, a truck that follows a dedicated repeatable route is a logical use case, as it can usually be returned to the same location for charging.

Several speakers have pointed out terminal tractors and dock trucks as excellent early uses for electricity. Roeth said these vehicles require a relatively small amount of energy and generally operate on flat ground (steep slopes can challenge the battery). He also said that the driver’s break was enough time to keep these trucks running.

If range is important, you will have more batteries in your system.

Cummins Inc. Mark Jamieson, senior director of new business development for electrification.

“”[If you’re] Thinking about community transport tractors and owning a lot of terminal tractors, it’s a good idea to start here, “Roeth said.

The speaker said the driver’s reaction to the electric truck was positive. Jamison urged the fleet to make sure that the driver understood regenerative braking. Regenerative braking takes energy during deceleration and saves it for later use.

“They like tranquility [and] They like regenerative braking, “said Kenneth Marco, senior national fleet engineer at Frito-Lay North America.

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