Electricity Is Key to Future Fleets

A recent trade show sponsored by the National Truck Equipment Association included a special display of hybrid trucks, while a special hybrid truck seminar attracted an overflow crowd.

Published: 30-May-2007

UNION CITY, Ind. -- Jay Sandler won’t be surprised if trucking fleets will just plug in to an electrical outlet to refuel in the not-so-distant future.

The vice-president of commercial products for Workhorse Custom Chassis thinks medium-duty work trucks of all kinds powered mainly by electricity are only five to 10 years away.

While hybrid electric cars have been in the news for some time, only recently have hybrid truck options come to the fore for heavy-duty pick up and delivery chores, as well as for an array of construction, maintenance and service trucks.


GM, which donated the now missing EV1 to the National Museum of American History, happens to be one of the Smithsonian Institution's biggest contributors, which seems a strange coincidence on the EVe of "Who Killed the Electric Car?".

Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

There are so few green 'stars' at the British International Motor Show this year because there doesn't seem to be that much demand for them. Pictured is Axiam microcar similar to electric version debuted in London this week, along with Smart EV.


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