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Since oil, coal, and natural gas are finite trucks need to run on something else. Hydrogen is an energy sink, not an energy source, and biomass doesn’t scale up. That leaves electricity, but battery or catenary trucks don’t look possible

Given the laws of physics, can the Tesla Semi really go 500 miles, and what will the price be?

Preface: Most people think that electric truck makers need to tell us the specs — the battery kWh, price, performance, and so on — before we can possibly know anything about their truck. But that’s simply not true.  We know … Continue reading

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Heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks a waste of energy and money

Given the laws of physics, can the Tesla Semi really go 500 miles, and what will the price be? [ Fuel cells are seen as an alternative to batteries, because batteries may always be too heavy to move trucks: Battery … Continue reading

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Just 16,000 catenary trucks would use 1% of California’s electricity generation, all vehicles 2.5 times more power than available

We must electrify trucks since fuel from oil, coal, and natural gas is finite, and biomass doesn’t scale up.  Without transportation, electricity contraptions like wind turbines, solar facilities, and nuclear power plants can’t be built. A wind turbine, for example, … Continue reading

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Diesel is finite. Trucks are the bedrock of civilization. So where are the battery electric trucks?

Related Articles Making the most energy dense battery from the palette of the periodic table Hydrogen, the Homeopathic energy crisis remedy Diesel is finite. Trucks are the bedrock of civilization. So where are the battery electric trucks? Just 16,000 catenary … Continue reading

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Hybrid electric trucks are very different from HEV cars

[ This document explains why it is hard to transfer auto hybrid technology to trucks.  They are entirely different animals — medium-duty trucks weigh up to 10 times more, have up to 10 times the horsepower, and a far longer … Continue reading

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Electric truck range is less in cold weather

[ What follows are excerpts from Calstart’s study of the effects cold weather had on lithium and Sodium Nickel Chloride e-truck batteries Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and … Continue reading

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Who Killed the Electric Car and more importantly, the Electric Truck?

Preface. Who cares about electric cars?  Civilization ends when trucks stop running, and trucks can’t run on batteries because they’re too heavy (93% of the cargo weight, 25% of the cargo space), and an all-electric truck fleet would require thousands … Continue reading

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When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the Future of Transportation.

When Trucks Stop Running. Energy and the Future of Transportation. Available at Springer, Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Alibris Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole … Continue reading

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The periodic table limits battery development

[ Since fossil fuels are finite, biomass doesn’t scale up, hydrogen is an energy sink, transportation in the future will need to be electrified, especially trucks, which are the most essential and important part of civilization, responsible for supply chains, … Continue reading

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What would happen if trucks stopped running?

[ In “Why You Should Love Trucks” I showed that essential supply chains depend on trucks partly or completely in the movement of goods (NAS). Because of little inventory and dependence on just-in-time deliveries, our civilization would almost immediately feel … Continue reading

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