BMW Unleashes World's First Electric Semi on German Roads
BMW has won the electric vehicle arms race—at least when it comes to trucks. It is the first company to hit the open road with an electric semi with a range of more than 60 miles. The EV is no lightweight box truck. BMW has conquered Europe with a full, 40-ton truck that prowled the autobahn around Munich. RELATED: Freightliner’s First Step Towards Autonomous Trucking
This is no prototype either. Since its ceremonial launch on July 6, the truck has spent its time delivering vehicle components, such as shock absorbers, springs and steering systems from a parts manufacturer to the BMW plant eight times a day.
BMW didn’t provide round-trip mileage. It says the electric truck can complete a full production day without any additional recharging. That’s a good thing, because the hauler needs four hours to load up its batteries.
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Adding to its green credentials, the BMW EV truck will only be charged by renewable energy sources. (Europe, for example, is big on windmills, which Americans seem to fear.) The truck is CO2-free and generates almost no fine particle pollution, according to the manufacturer.
Just to help you geek out a little more, this EV truck, when compared to a similar diesel engine version, will save 11.8 tons of CO2 annually. Also, heavy fuel-burning vehicles like trucks are where the future of EVs are because the return on investment, in terms of fuel costs, is much faster than in personal cars.
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