Electric Semi Trucks Pledge for a Greener Future

Industries worldwide depend on reliable services from semi-trucks. Semi-trucks keep up with the demand for the products they offer. Unfortunately, for the environment, those very semi-trucks are dirty. Yes, they rely on daily to deliver our groceries, electrical supplies and gadgets.

Also clothing and other merchandise don’t get very many miles for every gallon of fuel. As well as they also account for over half the deadly pollutants that leave a carbon footprint. Or we can call them greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

For starters and since 1990, freight transport has seen a growth of more than 50 percent. Furthermore, it is expected to continue growing so rapidly that by the year 2050. It’s also more noteworthy and expected to produce more global emissions than passenger vehicles.

However and thanks to organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Cause THEIR programs implemented to partner with the trucking and transportation industry.

Programs to set sites on using renewable energy. So going green and even gearing up for electric trucks on the roadways. 

Source: Tesla

SmartWay

Let’s take a look at the programs these organizations have introduced the trucking and freight industry. Firstly, the Environmental Protection Agency started the SmartWay Program. This program partners more importantly with trucking companies. Partnering to improve logistics and in order to cut down on the carbon footprint. Thanks to this program and the efforts of the EPA to bring awareness to transport companies like A-1 Auto Transport.

They make strides to make a change and go green. Going green by implementing green technology. Then raising awareness of how businesses can do their part to save the environment.

SmartWay works to show how trucking companies can help the environment.

All by using fuel-saving technologies to help reduce the overall fuel usage and emissions put out by freight trucks each year.

They work with companies to help them find better strategies for operations, logistics and transport to help improve the environment.

SuperTruck Initiative

The Department of Energy (DoE) started the SuperTruck Initiative to work with companies to help get them on the track to being more fuel efficient. DoE is working with companies to develop new breakthrough technologies. Tech for advanced combustion engines, better aerodynamics and lighter materials. To help cut down on the amount of fuel used. Currently they are working on advanced technologies to further reduce the amount of fuel used. That’s Fuel used in the trucking industry over the next decade. With a goal to eventually have all trucks on the roadways utilizing the technology. SO they can all in lower oil usage by around 300 million barrels each year. This would not only help cut down on the carbon footprint. Without question, it would help truck operators save nearly $20,000 annually on the cost of fuel.

 Tesla Semi

Source: Tesla Motors

Tesla semi electric hauler truck

Source: Tesla Motors

The Department of Energy offered trucking companies a commitment to match them up to $20 million for working on advanced technologies to lower their carbon footprint. Peterbilt and other companies have since used those funds to develop new fuel-efficient technologies including hybridization and electric engine components for semi-trucks. 

Tesla

Tesla is well-known in the electric vehicle sector. Now they are gearing up for the electric Semi truck market. Tesla is marketing their semi-truck as the safest, most comfortable truck ever. Furthermore and from its appearance, it may be just that. 

The Tesla electric semi can travel between 300 and 500 miles on a full charge. Plus it can save up to $200,000 in fuel costs annually. What a savings! The truck also features an enhanced autopilot to help avoid roadway collisions and places the driver in a center seat to allow for the best visibility when driving. 

With an expected base price of $150,000, this truck will pay for itself in fuel savings alone in just under two years of ownership. On average, long distance truckers in the United States spend around $70,000 on fuel annually. While the Tesla semi-truck will cut down on the cost of fuel, it will also cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. For truckers who are still in regular diesel fueled trucks, decreasing driving speeds to 65 mph and avoiding sudden acceleration and braking can help lower emissions by at least 25 percent. 

Tesla’s semi-truck is expected to go into production by 2019 and the company is already taking reservations for the Tesla semi now.  Here are the companies who have already placed their orders to purchase the Tesla electric semi-trucks:

1. Anheuser-Busch

2. Walmart

3. Ryder

4. Pepsi

5. Sysco

6. Fercam

7. Loblaw

8. Meijer

9. DHL

10.UPS

11.J.B. Hunt

12.Best Transportation

13.Giretka Logistics

14.Mecca and Son Trucking

15.Asko

16. Flexport

17.JK Moving

Nikola Motor

For starters, Nikola Motor plans to startup operations in Arizona to build their hydrogen-electric semi-truck factory. Nikola has already been taking reservations for their electric semi-trucks and they are working with Volkswagen to introduce the new electric semi-trucks to the market by the end of 2019. 

Not only will these trucks lower the carbon footprint of the trucking and transport industry. Yet with the assembly plants, more importantly several thousand people will have employment. Furthermore, Nikola has already produced their hydrogen fuel cell electric truck and is currently working on a day cab. All which is expected to begin testing by the fall of 2018. 

In conclusion and take note, auto manufacturers taking strides to develop new technology. New tech  to advance the electric semi-trucks.  Then to merge them onto the roadways globally. Therefore it won’t take long for them to have trucking and transport companies lined up. All lined up to take possession of their new electric trucks. Most noteworthy, it will take time to fully develop the new trucks.  So these small steps are necessary to lead others to take steps. Finally, steps to make necessary changes.  Changes to take steps toward a greener future for the trucking industry.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.