The Times They Are A-Charging

Discussion in 'Track Cars and Other Cars Forum' started by VoodooBoss, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. xr7

    xr7 Overdosed on TMO

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    The Tesla truck could be a real game changer, if (big if) it is cheaper to operate alot of fleets will flock to it. Not all trucks run cross country, lots run out and back to the same terminal every day, beverage trucks! The diesels are so complex, think of this, no radiator, engine, exhaust after treatment, transmission, driveline or differentials. That is a lot of weight that can be replaced by batteries. Power to the electric vehicle, it leaves the gas for us!
     
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    Like TMS mentioned cross country rigs may not benefit from this right away. But local business ventures might?
     
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    Maybe apologize for misquoting the range? It's 500 miles in the Tesla truck. Would he still laugh? What's the current daily mileage for a big rig driver? I really have no idea, but I thought there were regulations in place to ensure some sleeping, and not behind the wheel.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech...c-big-rig-truck-rolls-into-reality/873162001/
     
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    Most over the road truckers have a 8 to 10 hour duty day. Average 60+ MPH in all 50 states. In the fly over states it's closer to 75MPH. Many over the road trucks have two drivers. So yes, range is a consideration/limitation.
    Again, where do you plug in along the route? Do you add a new technology to a fleet when the old must be maintained for an undetermined time?
    Once the technology catches up to requirements, electrics will be the way to go. With the power gird allegedly at its limits and batteries a serious limitation it's just not time yet.
     
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    My guess is Elon has some ideas on how to charge the fleet if he's going to make them. IMO they need to make the batteries replaceable on the fly, so you'd pull in and in just a few minutes drive away with a charged pack. I've heard that strategy kicked around quite a bit. As far as the grid, at least here in CA there is so much solar power being installed that the grid is not nearly as stressed as it used to be.
     
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    JDee TMO Intermediate

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    Here's what they publish in Ontario, and it's supposed to be standardized North America wide, though I doubt it is. It's all based on time, not distance. There's more to it than this, but this is the basic part.

    1. Daily requirement*
    • A driver must have 10 hours off-duty in a day.
    • A driver cannot drive more than 13 hours in a day.
    • A driver cannot drive after 14 hours on-duty in a day.
    * Some exceptions apply; refer to Ontario Regulation 555/06

    2. Mandatory off-duty time
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive more than 13 hours.
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive after having been on-duty for 14 hours.
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive after 16 hours has elapsed.
     
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    Regardless, these first EV trucks aren't designed to eliminate all long haul ICE trucks. Most trucks are driven much shorter distances and 500 miles will cover a very high percentage of daily truck routes. The long haul fully autonomous EV trucks come later. ;)
     
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    I can picture giant autonomous drones swapping the battery packs out at speed on the highway. One can dream...
     
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    TymeSlayer Tramps like us, Baby we were born to run...

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    The very fabric from which this forum was born will be relegated to relic status one day and that day will be like the day the music died. Of course, If'n I'm lucky, I'll be long gone.

    @Fat Boss - That would be cool but a car running on perpetual motion would be cooler.
     
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    With the eventual change to electric, a lot of stuff has to evolve.......Car manufacturers will have to be more committed to electric cars,Lots of charging stations will need to be added to replace the less needed gas stations and the public's mentality about electric transportation will have to change ( that's a hard one for me!). Also battery technology will need to improve, like TMS mentioned. How this works out price wise is out of my realm.
     
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    Tesla getting cute with their torque numbers. Discuss.

     
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    Boy, Was that guy a gearhead, personified!!! I got a headache from listening to all that!!!!...Bottom line, once electric cars can reduce their weight (battery).. watch out....in the mean tyme I'll enjoy the growl of my Boss.
     
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