fleetdigest December 2017
The December 2017 issue of fleetdigest is now available online. You can flip through it here, but first, a few words from the Associate Publisher of fleetdigest, Jack Kazmierski.
Are You In or Out?
Are you an early adopter or a wait-and-see-er?
If you’ve been following the news closely, you’ll recall that Tesla recently announced plans to bring an electric version of a Class 8 truck to the market by 2019. Whether or not the company will be able to deliver on time is beside the point (they’re known for delays in production with their other electric vehicles). The exciting part of this story is that they’re bringing a huge truck to market that will run on electricity, and not diesel, which has been the standard in this industry for the longest time.
It gets better. The truck will have a range of 800 km on a full charge, and Tesla says it can recharge the battery enough in 30 minutes to go a distance of 640 km. In other words, it will easily go from Toronto to Quebec City on a single charge, and if you need to go further, you can take a coffee break in Quebec, and in 30 minutes you’ll be able to go as far as Moncton, New Brunswick before you need to recharge again.
Orders are flowing in
Although Tesla hasn’t announced a final price for the truck yet, a number of prominent companies have already placed their orders, including Walmart and Loblaw, with plans to test these trucks out on their own fleets.
Imagine a world where diesel-powered long haul trucks no longer dominate our roads and highways. Instead, all goods are transported by clean-running electric trucks, with zero emissions, minimal noise, and zero mess and smell.
It may sound like a bit of a dream at the moment, but time will tell if Tesla, and other companies, can deliver on the promise of an electric future.
Speed to market
What’s most significant about this announcement is the speed with which a product as revolutionary as this might make it to market. If Tesla can deliver on the promise, and keep things on schedule, we will see these trucks on our roads in less than two years.
And if the pilot projects, by industry leaders like Walmart, Loblaw, and others are successful, who knows what this will mean for the transportation industry as a whole? And who knows what other innovations are in the pipeline and ready to be announced in the near future?
We’re certainly living in exciting times as we witness the transformation of major industries as they adopt new technologies and embrace innovation. But perhaps the most important question is how will this impact your fleet? What kind of decisions will you be making in the months and years to come as new products and technologies come to market?
We can all adopt a wait and see attitude, or we can opt to get ahead of the curve so as not to be left behind. Walmart and Loblaw have made it clear where they stand. Now it’s up to the rest of us to decide.