TransPower’s ElecTruck™ components are designed to work together seamlessly in an integrated battery-electric drive system, enabling the largest vehicles to operate as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), using no fuel and producing zero emissions. While the integrated ElecTruck™ battery-electric drive system delivers complete freedom from reliance on fossil fuels, it also provides a foundation for alternative drive system variants that can use small amounts of clean fuels such as natural gas or hydrogen fuel cells for range extension.

Product Description

The ElecTruck™ battery-electric drive system uses the energy stored in large packs of lithium-ion batteries to meet the propulsion and other power requirements of a wide range of vehicles, ranging from 20,000 lb. delivery trucks and school buses to the largest trucks and tractors capable of hauling loads of 80,000 lb. or more.

A variety of innovative advanced technologies are employed to use the battery energy efficiently while achieving superior vehicle performance.  These include an automated manual transmission and high-power onboard inverter-charger unit, as well as a sophisticated vehicle control architecture that integrates advanced motor control, battery management, and efficient electrically-driven accessory functions.

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Benefits

The principal benefits of the ElecTruck™ battery-electric drive system are

  • Higher vehicle performance, and
  • Greater reliability than previously-developed battery-electric propulsion systems.

This makes the ElecTruck™ system the first zero-emission propulsion system to work effectively in large vehicles weighing more than 40,000 lb., including the heaviest Class 8 trucks and tractors that haul loads of 80,000 lb. or more. These very heavy vehicles usually rely on diesel fuel and are among the least fuel-efficient and most polluting vehicles, so the ElecTruck™ system can provide significant economic benefits to vehicle operators as well as important reductions in emissions of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases.