By: North Devon Council

September was an exciting time in the HGV industry. Not only did news come out about the newest electrical postal vans, but also a big announcement came about HGVs for a premium electric vehicle being made by Tesla. This is a company known for making high-end, cutting-edge cars, so it is particularly exciting to hear the company is making an entrée into the HGV world.

Electrical HGV has been anticipated for a long time. With the threat of diesel being on the horizon, it is hoped that electrical HGVs will change the hauling industry as it is. Ready to hear more? Here we go!

Tesla’s Electric Truck

In August, it was confirmed that Tesla would be revealing a brand new all-electric truck. Initially, this HGV is going to have a range of 200 to 300 miles. Subsequent models will have about 1000 miles using a single charge. From what we understand, the first few models will be made Fremont, California at the manufacturing facility with a day cab feature.

There will be no sleeper section in this model but sources are claiming that this feature will be added to the long-distance models. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, revealed the first few photos of the electric truck earlier in the year. It was a dark image of a glowing EV lorry with just LED lights to pierce the dramatic darkness.

These photos were the first confirmation from Must that Tesla was bound to enter the commercial trucking market. Now, it is nearly time for their arrival. The photo Musk provided gave a peek at the truck’s curvy design and its size. It seems the HGVs will also be built for aerodynamics as well as efficiency. Musk has been quoted as saying the truck is a spy to drive.  Pursuing a career in the HGV industry, never sounded so exciting.

It seems in reality that the truck will not go more than 62 miles per hour. From what we can tell, the intentions of Tesla are to match the torque and range of the traditional diesel tractor lorry. With what we know about ranges for electric cars compared to petrol-fueled cars this plan seems a bit ambitious. With this in mind, we still cannot wait for the day to come where the HGV truck is unveiled to the public.

Beaten to the Punch

Teslas may be introducing an exciting vehicle but that introduction has been somewhat overshadowed. Cummins has just released its own heavy-duty electric HGV. As one of the leading manufacturers of diesel and natural vehicles in the commercial world, it is not a surprise that they unveiled a class-7 heavy-duty cab on 29th of August. With a battery pack of 140 kWh, this model is going on sale separately for HGV fleets and bus companies in 2019.

The AEOS is an 18,000-pound cab. Aptly named after one of the four winged horses pulling the Helios chariot across the sky, it is still a demo model as of now. It can still haul a 22-tonne trailer easily and it is fully operational. Cummins’s model can go 100 miles which send it to the back foot of Tesla straight off. Still, it is planned on being an urban delivery truck and not a long-range truck.

Cummins has said that while it takes one hour to be fully charged that it will only take 20 minutes by the year 2020. Cummins has also announced that production of the real truck is only 18 months away.

What do you think? The news about both HGV trucks is quite exciting. The question is, are they sustainable at this size or is there more work that needs to be done to increase the range they have before they can be used by professional trucking and hauling organisations?