Co-founder of Tesla sets sights on power commercial trucks with electricity

No doubt the old diesel engines that you are in garbage trucks and delivery vehicles do work, but they are not exactly quiet, clean and efficient fuels. Wright aims to change that.
Co-founder of Tesla sets sights on power commercial trucks with electricity
Co-founder of Tesla sets sights on power commercial trucks with electricity

Ian Wright, one of the engineers who launched Tesla, wants to electrify garbage trucks and delivery vehicles around your neighborhood.

Wright told The Associated Press that his company, Wrightspeed, is marketing an electric propulsion system for commercial trucks. The company has built two electric propulsion system models: "the Route" service for medium trucks, and a robust "Route HD" for heavy trucks.

Wright left Tesla to start Wrightspeed in 2005 with the intention of making an electric sports car that never took place. There was not much of a market for electric sports cars, so he decided to enter the market for large commercial trucks.

The trucks will be equipped with a propulsion system Wrightspeed battery run for 30 miles before a powered by gas, diesel or other liquid fuels variety of battery charging generator. The company even sold a turbine generator that developed in the house, called the Fulcrum.

It's the best of both solutions in the world, the combination of efficiency and smoothness of an electric motor with extended range provided by the generator. If you know how the Chevrolet Volt works, this configuration should blow your very familiar.

A power train Wrightspeed seems an excellent adaptation for commercial gas-guzzling trucks, but will not be cheap. Installation costs range between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000; a new garbage truck, however, can cost around $ 500,000. You must also factor the savings in fuel costs that figure price.

The product will be difficult to sell to those who already use internal combustion engines traditional.

"If you want to sell to an owner a fleet of electric trucks, you have to convince them that is better than what they are already using. So the stakes are very high, "said Mark Duvall, director of research at the Research Institute of Electric Power in Palo Alto.

The company is advancing in California, where fuel costs are very high and emissions standards are the strictest in the nation. It has received funding from the California Energy Commission and venture capital in Silicon Valley. Wrightspeed also plans to expand its workforce from 25 to 250 employees in response to growing demand.

If ever there was a perfect application for electric propulsion system, it would be in the fleet of commercial vehicles such as garbage trucks and delivery. These trucks spend most of their days around town at low speed, constantly stop and go. A diesel engine vehicle loses a lot of fuel to slow down and move at low speeds, while an electric vehicle would use a minimum amount of electricity in the same type of driving.

In addition, electric vehicles have an excellent engine, making them perfect for transporting heavy loads.

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