This week on Gas2, each of several stories captured a different electric vehicle type, which piqued our collective curiosity. From electric trucks that you allow you to haul goods sustainably, to mass electric transportation with the grandeur of a U.S. National Park behind you, to panoramic glass roof of solar panels that free up the main electric power systems, to an oldy-but-goody auto model reimagined in electric form, and to a electric bike that incorporates 48 volt technology— each electric vehicle type opened up a new way for us to think about emissions-free transportation.
And why not? We’re really fed up with traditional transportation systems that come along with a wide range of problems. Let’s see how many we can list: global warming, environmental degradation, health implications, and emission of greenhouse gases. We live in a time when transportation contributes 23% of the globe’s greenhouse gas emissions due to reliance on fossil fuels. The greening of the transportation sector revolves around efficient and effective use of resources, and we are, oh, so ready.
Whew! Doesn’t it make sense that our Gas2 readers are hungry for info about different electric vehicle types? When EVs’ power comes from from renewable technologies like geothermal, hydroelectric, solar power, or wind turbines, there’s much about which to be hopeful.
Here are those hope-filled stories about different electric vehicle types in this week’s edition of the “Gas2 Week in Review.”
We live in a time in which there are more technologies than ever coming into economic relevance. And some companies thrive when technologies are shifting. At least that’s how the folks at Cummins feel, and their unveiling of the all-electric Class 7 electric truck on August 29 seemed to confirm their optimism. They’re a company that makes the power trains that make trucks go. Their all-electric Class 7 electric truck has expected production date around 2019. By then, the company envisions charging times with drop to around 20 minutes. That will contribute to an all-electric truck range of up to 300 miles that will slash fuel consumption by 50% compared to trucks with conventional diesel hybrid power.