“World’s first electric semi truck revealed by Cummins”

In Technology, The Enviroment by Dusty Croghan

“The 8,200kg truck is powered with an advanced 140kWh battery pack which can be recharged in an hour. Cummins is hoping to reduce its charging time to 20 minutes by 2020, providing a more efficient service to its commercial customers.

An alternative “extended range” version of the truck uses an on-board diesel engine as a generator and offers a range of up to 300 miles between charges, with 50 per cent fuel savings and zero emissions compared to a typical diesel hybrid today. This version of the truck could be available in 2020.

Cummins is reportedly investigating the possibility of adding solar panels to the trailer to extend the range of the vehicle.”