Ian Wright, one of Tesla Motors’ co-founders, is setting his sights on transforming the trucking industry. He and his company, Wrightspeed, are set to electrify trucks, and not just one truck at a time.
Elon Musk and company have transformed the way we view electric vehicles. From glorified golf carts, we now see them as zippy and sexy eco warriors on the road.
It makes much more sense (economically) to go electric with trucks than with the family car. For one thing, they’re on the road more often. “Family cars burn about 600 gallons a year. If you make that [car] electric you are going to add $15,000, at least, to the cost of that car and maybe only save $1,500 [in fuel]. So maybe a 10-year payback.
If you you go to garbage trucks they are burning maybe 14,000 gallons a year, so you can save $35,000 in fuel and $20,000 in maintenance.” according to Wright. In other words, it will help truckers save moolah, and a whole lot of it.
And that is what will help truckers make the switch. Though the stereotype trucker that is uncouth and messy is far from the norm, any trucker worth his money would jump on the chance to save on fuel, and maintenance, and downtime.
The conversion cost, though, may be a major roadblock for Wrightspeed. Wright admits that the system is not cheap, but the payback period is short enough that truckers who push pencils will soon be buying these systems by the truckload.
And so they are. FedEx is set to move our world and at this time are converting 25 of their trucks to electric. I guess that it is about time that our world be filled with electric trucks.