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TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.

Representative installation of TransPower’s ElecTruck system on a Class 8 tractor. ‘This particular configuration stores 215 kilowatt-hours of total energy in a battery subsystem weighing about 2.5 tons,’ the company says, ‘and enables a truck to travel about 60 to 100 miles (100 to 160 kilometers), depending on load and duty cycle.’ New cylindrical geometry battery cells boost single-charge range to 100 to 160 miles.

Representative installation of TransPower’s ElecTruck system on a Class 8 tractor. ‘This particular configuration stores 215 kilowatt-hours of total energy in a battery subsystem weighing about 2.5 tons,’ the company says, ‘and enables a truck to travel about 60 to 100 miles (100 to 160 kilometers), depending on load and duty cycle.’ New cylindrical geometry battery cells boost single-charge range to 100 to 160 miles.



At the top of the TransPower “product hierarchy” is a proprietary EV system controller that nakes efficient, emission-free Class 8 trucking possible. Models-based control software is written using Matlab/Simullink and run on embedded New Eagle processors, the company says.

Motor control and battery charging functions are embedded in a proprietary ICU/inverter-charger unit. Separate controllers manage the company’s proprietary AMT/automated manual transmission and “Cell-Saver” brand BMS/battery management system.

$295,000 and Down

TransPower has shifted to cylindrical lithium ion battery cells offering 60% greater energy density than previous prismatic cells.

TransPower's fully battery-electric Class 8 yard tractors have been proven in trials of more than a year by customers including Ikea, National Retail Systems, and operators at the Port of Los Angeles.

TransPower’s fully battery-electric Class 8 yard tractors have been proven in trials of nearly three years by customers including Ikea, Dole, SA Recycling, Osterkamp, TTSI/Total Transportation Services Inc., and terminal operator Pasha at the Port of Los Angeles. National Retail Trucking, California Cartage, Pasha, 3 Rivers Trucking, and Terminalift operate TransPower-equipped Class 8 electric drayage trucks.

 

TransPower posts preliminary prices of $295,000 for the fully integrated driveline of a Class 8 on-road truck in low volumes (fewer than ten units), dropping to $245,000 for runs of ten to 100 and $195,000 for orders of 100-plus. The corresponding prices for a Class 8 yard tractor are $235,000, $195,000, and $150,000 – applicable too to a Type C school bus.

‘Products that Work’

Bird's-eye view of a zero-emission TransPower 'ElecTruck' driveline on an on-road Class 8 vehicle

Bird’s-eye view of a zero-emission TransPower ‘ElecTruck’ driveline on an on-road Class 8 vehicle

“The prices,” says TransPower president and CEO Mike Simon, “are high, but they are for products that work and they give us a place to start.” TransPower trucks have been through lengthy real-world trucks with customers including Ikea (in Texas and California; F&F, April 15, 2013), National Retail Systems, and operators at the Port of Los Angeles.

Publicity-wise, “We’ve been sitting on the sidelines,” Simon says, waiting for mileage and performance figures to prove the capability and reliability of TransPower’s electric vehicles.

70,000 Miles of Proof

“Fleet-wide we are approaching 70,000 miles” of service, Simon says. He notes too that the company’s first Type C electric school bus entered service with the Los Angeles area’s Torrance Unified last week after being approved by CHP, the California Highway Patrol.

Five more school buses “are on the way,” he says – two built and three others nearly completed. TransPower uses end-of-life International/IC Bus chassis.

‘Used Every Day to Haul Freight’

Given the latest technology advances, the company says, “trucks and tractors using TransPower’s ElecTruck products are arguably among the most technologically advanced electric vehicles in the world.” Performance attributes include the ability to

  • haul fully loaded containers up steep grades;
  • accelerate to freeway speeds as rapidly as conventional trucks;
  • provide sufficient starting torque while also being able to sustain high speeds while operating on freeways;
  • provide full power at all times, even at low battery state of charge;
  • operate quietly and with high efficiency;
  • deliver sufficient operating range to meet daily drayage duty cycle requirements;
  • permit easy access to key components for servicing and support; and
  • be replicated in the form of transportable “kits” that can be delivered to major truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other vehicle converters, and installed on their own assembly lines.

“The trade press would be doing a tremendous service to fleet operators,” Simon told F&F, “if a greater distinction could be made between vehicles operating every day with real-world fleets, and those that are still experimental, or haven’t even been prototyped yet.”

TransPower president and CEO Mike Simon (center) with company technicians.

TransPower VP/partner Joshua Goldman with president and CEO Mike Simon (center) and VP/partner Harry Meyer.

 

Got a fleet need? TransPower offers 'real vehicles that are being used every day to haul freight.'

Got a fleet need? TransPower offers ‘real vehicles that are being used every day to haul freight.’


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Source: TransPower with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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