In the Pony Express (and stage coach) era in the west, stations every twenty miles allowed the journey to continue with fresh horses.
The same method could be used for large semi-trucks with trailers. A station every 400 miles would allow switching trucks to one with a fully charged battery continuing the journey. Would you also change crews? If yes, long distance trucking could become more like railroading where crews travel back and forth between two cities.
You wonder how large a truck line needs to be for a Pony Express system to be cost effective. Drivers who got steady loads would probably be delighted.
Battery weight is a limitation in EV trucks used for long distances. This could be one solution to that problem.
Pony Express worked quite well until the transcontinental telegraph was completed.
Someone has to own the truck while its battery is being recharged. But there are lots of trucks out there going both directions all the time. This makes EV possible. If diesel is banned the only other choice is hydrogen, which some say is impractical and very expensive.
You have to change crews (driver) because drivers are only permitted to drive for a limited number of hours before they are required to rest.
For years, UPS already does this between Salt Lake City and Cheyenne. They have trucks (regular diesel, not EV) going back and forth (via I-80). Swap trailer and driver on each end, and go back the other way. Repeat until all the stuff has reached the side it needs to be located for further distribution.
It’s a somewhat tricky route to drive, so they prefer drivers experienced on THAT route. Periodically the winds are so high that the trucks have to pull over and wait until the winds subside.
Serious, yes. Religious, no! Electric trucks are just starting. They can’t replace diesel now but in ten or 20 years they will have improved enough to replace diesel. Even if they were good enough now, the production capacity prevents them from replacing diesel right now.
Yep. I just did a quick search and the typical trucker does 500 miles in their 10 hours. So it might be win-win, the trucker can do 250 in one direction, switch to a new charged vehicle, drive back 250 miles the other way, and be home in time for dinner.
Yeah, well that’s not gonna happen. There are 16 million registered trucks in California, meaning they would have to replace more than 2 million a year, every year, from now to the deadline - or else decide that unloading the ports and delivering goods to the various merchants all around the state isn’t really that important.
And would they have to stop all the trucks coming from elsewhere if they weren’t electric, requiring a shift/driver change at the border? Don’t think so.
I agree it will not be easy. But ending fossil fuels in transportation is the goal. 9MM EV autos per year in 2030 is the goal.
I think we are asking if the technology needed for trucks will be ready. If not battery electrics, hydrogen fuel cell electrics is the most likely alternative. But that too requires much investment and better technology.
Depending on the type of HD vehicle and where it operates, the CARB rules take effect at different times. Last-mile delivery and drayage trucks—the short-haul vehicles that often operate around port locations—must be zero-emissions by 2035. Other categories have later dates: 2039 for local work vehicles like garbage trucks and day cab tractors and 2042 for sleeper cab tractors and specialty vehicles.