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Benefits of Electric Trucks

Authored by autopi 24 Sep, 2021

— Electric trucks provide drivers and businesses with many advantages, such as better performance, lower maintenance, lower emissions, lower noise disturbance and more.

Benefits of Electric Trucks

The future of heavy-duty vehicles = electric trucks.

Electric trucks are becoming more popular due to its cost efficiency, better performance and lower emissions.

Global sales of electric vehicles increased by 43% in 2020 and is expected to keep growing in upcoming years. The same will slowly apply on EV trucks and companies will adapt its business models accordingly.

Keep reading to find out what electric trucks are and their benefits for both private users and companies.

Electric Vehicles

What is an Electric Truck?

Electric truck is an electric vehicle that is powered by batteries, to transport cargo, carry heavy payloads and provide high performance actions.

Electric trucks have been increasing in its popularity since 2020 and it is expected that number of units sold will jump by at least 15% in 2022.

Electric heavy-duty vehicles allow businesses to unlock their full potential and help them differentiate themselves from other companies.

Typical electric trucks are classic heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks from Scania, Volvo or Daimler.

Benefits of Electric Trucks

  1. Lower emissions

  2. Lower maintenance

  3. Lower noise disturbance

  4. Better performance

  5. Increased efficiency

It is always cheaper to charge your electric truck than spending money on gas.

Electric trucks provide businesses with many benefits that primarily aim for the long run.

EV trucks do not require fuel, which is already one of the biggest advantages, due to fuel cost and effect on nature. Driving electric trucks reduces CO2 emissions and actually offers better performance for drivers.

EV trucks also have less parts, which should lead to less damage and lower maintenance. However, this depends on a truck model and its usage.

While driving within urban areas with frequent stops and speeding, it is way more efficient to drive electric truck than diesel truck.

Many companies operating with electric trucks have noticed an increase in employee satisfaction.

This was caused by employees understanding and realizing that they contribute to eliminating emissions, appreciation of smooth and quite ride, and operating cutting-edge technology.

Electric trucks are much quieter than diesel trucks. Well, you already know that. But, it also means that they can operate at times when diesel trucks cannot.

This is a huge advantage for businesses as they can easily operate 24/7 and improve their operations and efficiency.

Potentially, EV trucks could become energy storage units. Meaning, they could be a lifesaving energy source during natural disasters, providing crucial electrical power to hospitals and first responders.

Another huge benefit of owning an electric fleet is the support from government. Many states all around the world support businesses that are going electric, by offering them lower taxes lower registration fees.

Benefits of Electric Trucks

Electric Truck Brands to Watch

Generally speaking, heavy-duty vehicles are considered as electric vehicles, such as Scania, Volvo, Daimler and more.

However, we have seen a lot of new brands entering the market with some extraordinary designs, features and availabilities.

See the list of 5 most extraordinary brands to watch in 2021 and beyond below:

  • Rivian

  • Nikola Motors

  • Tesla

  • Hercules

  • Atlis Motor Vehicles

Are Electric Trucks Better?

In urban areas, delivery routes with heavy traffic and lots of stops can become very costly.

Electric trucks are roughly 50% more effective than diesel trucks, which makes them roughly 20% less expensive than diesel trucks. However, it largely depends on how the trucks will be used.

Speeding, braking, exceeding RPM and many other aspects influence the consumption of the EV battery, which leads to a lower battery health and therefore, increased need for charging.

Researchers analyzed driving behavior, number of stops, speeding and overall usage of the truck, and electric trucks clearly outperformed diesel trucks.

By driving an EV truck, you use around 30% less total energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 50%, and lower down the noise level of the vehicle.

The noise disturbance is a real issue, especially with older diesel trucks that produce a lot of noise and emissions.

This challenge is typically solved with a right driver management system, which is a set of measurements to improve driving experience and manage fleet drivers safely and effectively.

EV Fleet Management

We already talked many times before about how important it is for companies to manage their fleets with an advanced system.

However, fleet management for electric trucks or electric vehicles in general is not that common yet.

This is a huge opportunity for many businesses operating with fleets, to improve their operations and tackle down many unpleasant challenges with diesel trucks.

EV fleet management is definitely something that all companies owning multiple vehicles and using them daily should be aware of and take advantage of.

AutoPi can help you with your EV fleet management and provide you with advanced custom solutions to improve your operations.

We offer multiple ready-to-use solutions, such as Keyless Entry, Asset Tracking, Docker Integration and more.

Check out all our solutions here.

EV fleet management

Electric Pickups Coming Through

We have seen multiple electric pickups presented in 2021. It seems like this is becoming a new trend and the value is clearly given.

Electric pickups from various brands are truly extraordinary vehicles, offering long EV battery health, fast battery charging, robust performance, additional functionalities and much more.

Best electric pickups to watch are:

  • Tesla Cybertruck

  • GMC Hummer EV SUT

  • Rivian R1T

  • Atlis XT

  • Ford F-150

  • Chevrolet Silverado

  • Hercules Alpha

Most of the electric pickups are within an average pickup price range, starting around $39,000 and going all the way to $110,000, and more.

Electric trucks and electric vehicles in general are going to be of a huge importance within companies and it’s up to businesses to realize it and take advantage of it at the beginning of an era.

How Much Does it Cost to Charge an EV?

There is not a precise answer here, as it highly depends on several factors, such as time of day, battery size, charger type and number of vehicles charging at the same time.

Time of day: Delivery speed can be affected by the time you charge your electric vehicle. During on hours, when people consume more electricity, it will be more expensive for you as during the off hours.

Battery size: Each vehicle has a different battery size, which means a different battery capacity. Therefore, the bigger the capacity, the longer it will charge.

Charger type: The charger type will determine how quickly your car will be charged.

Number of EV charging: When you are charging your vehicle at the charging stations, you can expect a slower charging if there are more vehicles connected to the station.

In general, it should be cheaper for you to charge your electric vehicle at home than at the charging station. It is also recommended to have solar panels attached to your charging station at home, to increase the efficiency and save in the long run.

How We Work with Electric Trucks

At AutoPi, we support wide range of electric vehicles.

Check out our general page of electric vehicles, where you can find out which models we currently support and more general info on EVs.

Most of the electric trucks/vehicles use PIDs to communicate on the CAN Bus.

To get the information from the vehicle, the PID request needs to be send through the OBD-II port and the electronic control unit will return the response back.

If you have not found your specific electric vehicle or have any questions, send us a sales inquiry and we will get back to you.

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