For anyone working in the green energy and green transportation industries, Elon Musk’s announcement about the unveiling of Tesla’s Semi truck this September is both exciting and inspiring. Green technology for the transportation industry is important now more than ever as the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continue to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve the fuel economy of passenger cars and trucks.
We’ve seen success in green transportation with electric bikes and motorcycles, electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid cars and buses, and green trains. Because of the success of Tesla’s battery, it was only a matter of time before they jumped into the commercial transportation market. Why? Because it truly is a natural progression for an EV company with sedans that can travel up to 315 miles on one charge to further its efforts into other modes of transportation. If a car can travel that long on a single battery charge, there’s no reason why local delivery trucks couldn’t drive 100 miles on a single charge. Tesla certainly has proven the technology exists — so that coupled with increased demand we’ll eventually see the cost of the technology drop in price.
Just think about the practicality of the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail in all electric trucks. The same goes for UPS, FedEx and so on. For companies like those with massive fleets, the fuel savings benefit multiplied across hundreds of fleets alone will make adoption of green technology happen at a much faster pace than with car buyers. And adoption will certainly increase as people better understand the environmental, energy and fuel savings benefits.
eNow sees this as an advantage to our solar-based auxiliary power systems. In addition to powering lift gates, lights, HVAC and refrigeration systems, we can provide power as the vehicle is driving down the road.