Researchers Identify Near-Term Opportunity for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks
We’ve said several times before in this newsletter that electric trucks have a future in terms of being battery powered. While most people consider them to be impractical for very long-range travel - such as cross country US trips - there is a subset of truck journeys where batteries can work.
Now a new study indicates pretty much exactly the same thing
. Heavy-duty trucks, or semi-trucks with a gross vehicle weight greater than 26,000 pounds, are responsible for around 15% of total U.S. transportation energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that nearly 80% of heavy-duty trucks operate primarily within a 200-mile range. These trucks account for around 50% of total heavy-duty vehicle energy use and are typically responsible for distributing goods between warehouses and nearby retail establishments.
A 2020 BloombergNEF report shows that fuel costs for trucks make up more than half their total cost of ownership. The switch to BEV fleets would offer a significant reduction in fuel costs and require less routine maintenance, another key advantage for fleets.
142 Tesla Megapacks Power on to Create Giant New Battery, Replacing Gas Peaker Plant in California
One of the benefits of renewable energy is that it is cheaper than fossil fuel energy. One of the downsides of renewable energy is that when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow there is no power. So fossil fuel ‘peaker plants’ are installed to provide energy when that happens.
This is an ideal use case for such a plant. It can power one town for four hours or the whole of the county for 30 minutes. Given the amount of electricity a place like Oxnard uses this is pretty impressive.
BYD ADL Secures UK’s Largest Ever Order for Electric Buses
Having lived in London for several years ‘back in the day’ I can honestly say that I loved the old hop-on/hop-off ‘rear-entry’ classic London buses. But the amount of dirt, noise, and pollution they kicked out was horrendous. Anyone who has seen the state of some of the old buildings on the bus routes will know they are black in many places due to the pollution.
A move like this to increase the number of electric buses is excellent.
Why the Sun Is Not Responsible for Recent Climate Change
There is a school of thought which believes that it is the Sun that is making the planet warmer and, therefore, global climate change is not a man-made thing.
This article identifies several reasons why
this isn’t the case. The main one being that the upper reaches of the atmosphere are actually cooler whereas the lower reaches are heating up.
The next time someone brings up the old ‘it’s part of a natural cycle’ argument to deny climate change show them this article.
It’s Official: US Government Says Electric Vehicles Cost 40% Less to Maintain
The US government runs thousands and thousands of electric vehicles and they have the data to show how much cheaper they are to run
from a maintenance point of view.
In their calculations, the difference is about 4 cents per mile. As they cover millions of miles per year that 4 cents difference accounts for $78 million of savings per year.
That’s not including the cost of fuel savings through going electric. If you include that the savings skyrocket to well over $2 billion over ten years.
Not bad, eh?