AndyH wrote:LeftieBiker wrote:Daimler, "who invented the internal combustion engine" (in the 19th century, but hey! That still means they are innovators!) has equipped 300,000 commercial trucks with sensors to gather data on traffic and weather. This puts them solidly at the end of the 20th century, in my mind. The 300,000 is impressive, anyway...
I guess you missed the part about the electric trucks they have on the road. I forget which US companies have class 6/7 EVs on the road as well. I wonder if Tesl@ were able to get any of the performance data from Fedex, UPS, et all trucks?
The Euro truck market's a bit different than the US. Most of their long-haul is via mostly electric train.
While putting sensors on ICE trucks is very 20th century, the point is that they're both testing long-haul BEV trucks but also leveraging their existing fleet to refine the auto-driving convoy aspects. Tesl@ are heading in that direction as well, but since they don't have an existing fleet, they have to follow their Mo del S model of using existing owners as their test team.
(Reductionism and nit picking are hard habits to break, aren't they? The TIR vid was to allow a pull-out to the big picture. Did we miss that? )
Lay's has electric semi-trucks on the road. Now, they aren't large semi-trucks, these are local delivery type vehicles, basically "last mile" kind of thing. They have a range of about 150 miles to a charge and can be charged overnight using solar power that is stored during the day. Then the next day they go back out and make more deliveries.
City of Long Beach uses several all electric Buses, no they aren't trucks, but they are heavy, have frequent stops and do about 125 miles per day. They have more on order as well.
No why do both of these do this? Simple to cut costs and be better for the environment.