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.
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.