We have heard a lot about electric trucks lately, and rightly so, the electrification of heavy-duty vehicles is delivering huge emissions bang for the buck, and electric trucks of all classes are becoming more and more economically feasible.
Above: A look at Orange EV electric trucks (Source: Orange VE)
Most electric truck media coverage focuses on well-known manufacturers such as Daimler and VOLVOand of course You’re here. However, the first two are just starting to deliver e-trucks to US customers, and the second has been working on its Semi since 2017, but has so far not officially delivered any.
Meanwhile, Orange VE, founded in 2012, claims to have deployed more than 370 trucks to around 100 fleet customers in 24 states. According to a recent report by CALSTARTOrange has the most electric trucks in service of any currently active manufacturer (the ill-fated Smith EV delivered more trucks, but went out of business in 2017).
The CALSTART report also notes that as of early February, there were approximately 1,215 zero-emission medium and heavy-duty trucks on US roads, with another 140,000 on order. Some 145 models are currently available for purchase from at least 30 manufacturers.
Above: A preview of an Orange electric truck (YouTube: AutoMotoTube)
Orange EV found a good niche for electric trucks early in the game – the company rolled out its first Class 8 electric terminal truck in 2015. The duty cycle of a terminal truck (aka drayage truck or yard goat ) is in just the right place for battery-electric propulsion. A 2021 report from ACT Research found that BEV construction trucks offer a lower total cost of ownership than diesel-powered vehicles and predicts adoption rates could exceed 50% by 2024.
“From the start, Orange EV has been committed to working closely with each customer to not only provide a complete truck, service and charging solution, but also to incorporate feedback to continuously improve performance and availability of trucks”, said the co-founder and president of Orange EV. Kurt Neugens. “As a result, the availability of our latest construction trucks averages 98-99%, compared to traditional diesel availability in the 75-80% range reported by our customers.”
“Customer data from hundreds of deployments has proven that fleets save money with safer, more reliable, emission-free trucks, even without incentives,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Zack Ruderman. . “While early customers took advantage of subsidies for initial purchases, more than half of 2021 sales did not. Orange EV has already been able to reduce total cost of ownership, while many other types and manufacturers of electric vehicles are still working to achieve this.