As electric vehicles become more desired by consumers, car companies are constantly looking for new innovative solutions to allow their vehicles to run as long and efficient as fuel powered ones. In the shipping industry there is even more focus on this area due to semi-trucks requiring an enormous power supply to drive extensive distances for many hours at a time.
Nikola Motor Company has been focusing its recent developments on creating an electric semi-truck that can drive as far as regular diesel trucks with less harm to the environment. This truck, named the One, is able to drive great distances on only a single charge, decreasing carbon pollution with little tradeoff for power and stamina.
The Nikola One comprises of a 320 kWh battery which allows it to travel up to 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) on just one charge. Because of this powerful battery, a shipment could be delivered from South Florida to New York without the driver stopping along the way for a lengthy charge. This allows truck drivers to still meet their deadlines while only emitting a fraction of emissions a regular truck would along the way.
With a load attached, the One is able to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 30 seconds and travel uphill at 65 mph (105 km/h). These specifications are similar to an average diesel truck, yet only takes half the amount to fill up, cutting the costs of associated with consumer shipping.
Nikola One’s enormous charge life is a combination of a turbine and regenerative braking integration, constantly recharging as it’s driven. The farther the truck, the more battery charge increases, thus prolonging the travel distance. However, the turbine does require a small amount of gasoline, natural gas, or diesel to run, making it more of a hybrid, than fully electric.
Like Nikola Motors, Eclipse Automation recognizes the need to improve its corporate impact on the natural environment. As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, Eclipse environmental efforts are focused on where the company has the most opportunity to make a difference, including energy and waste management, reducing emissions and creating sustainable solutions for our clients.