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"Why Regional and Long-Haul Trucks are Primed for Electrification Now" - Berkeley Lab

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Ground breaking study by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Hydrogen trucks are doomed.

"Zero emission freight trucks are needed to both improve public health and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions but at the same time are generally believed to be uneconomical. However, recent dramatic declines in battery prices and improvement in their energy density have created opportunities for battery-electric trucking today that were seldom anticipated just a few years ago. At the current global average battery pack price of $135 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (realizable when procured at scale), a Class 8 electric truck with 375-mile range and operated 300 miles per day when compared to a diesel truck offers about 13% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) per mile, about 3-year payback and net present savings of about US $200,000 over a 15-year lifetime. This is achieved with only a 3% reduction in payload capacity.  Even this small penalty can be reversed cost-effectively through light-weighting, in any case, only matters for a small fraction of trucks which regularly utilize their maximum payload. Electric trucks appear poised to also meet the performance demands for a large share of regional and long-haul trucking today. The estimated average distance traveled between 30-minute driver breaks is 150 miles and 190 miles for regional-haul and long-haul trucks respectively in the US.  Thirty minutes of charging using 500 kW or mega-Watt scale fast-chargers would add sufficient range without impairing operations and economics of freight movement. "

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Matt Chester on Mar 16, 2021

Shipment and logistics being made clean really is a holy grail-- whether electricity or hydrogen, whoever wins we will all benefit for the transformation

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Jim Stack on Mar 18, 2021

The new pickup trucks are coming this year in 2021. Tesla also will be producing it's Semi truck. With their new 4680 battery cells this will be really big and they plan to ramp up and make more than all the other truck makers. It's going to be a great race that we all will win.

I own a semi truck with a friend that is the solo driver operator. When he saw the specs on the Tesla Semi he could see the fuel and maintenance savings. Being able to keep speed up on hills would save a lot of time. Being able to REGENERATE on the way down hills would be like magic while saving brake wear and dust. It will be world changing. 

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