$500,000 Demonstration Project Funded by Valley Air District
Poway, Calif.-based Transportation Power, Inc. says it will demonstrate onboard inverter-charger units “that simplify and accelerate battery charging” in all-electric yard tractors. TransPower’s 100% electric vehicle will replace diesel rigs currently used by Ikea at its distribution center in Tejon, Calif.
“Charging time will be cut in half” by use of the inverter-chargers, TransPower says. “This will enable the tractors to support the demanding tractor operations at the regional distribution center, which includes little downtime for charging.”
TransPower is to receive $500,000 for the yard tractor project, one of nine Technology Advancement Program initiatives ranging from biomethane to hydraulic hybrids, being supported by a proposed $3.8 million total by Valley Air, California’s San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (F&F, March 20).
12 Hours on a Charge, ‘Demolishing All Previous Records’
TransPower notes that funding agencies in Texas and California “have collectively invested several million dollars in the advanced electric propulsion technologies to be utilized in the tractor headed to Ikea’s Tejon distribution center.
“Two similar tractors were recently built by TransPower and delivered to Texas to begin test operations at a warehouse and distribution complex in San Antonio,” TransPower said Monday. “In initial testing, these Class 8 electric tractors, capable of hauling loads up to 80,000 pounds, have shown the ability to operate for as long as 12 hours on a single battery charge, demolishing all previous records for operation of a vehicle of this type on pure battery-electric power.”
TransPower says that its “ElecTruck” system enables the largest trucks, tractors, and buses to operate on battery power, producing zero emissions.
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