Study after study indicates that electric trucks are hitting cost and range targets that put them in the running to handle a rising share of U.S. freight-moving needs — at least for freight that doesn’t need to be moved more than a few hundred miles per day. Last week’s Advanced Clean Transportation Expo gave freight companies a chance to showcase how they’re testing these capabilities in the real world. Over the course of the four-day event in Long Beach, California, companies unveiled several big orders for all-electric Class 8 trucks, the heaviest of the heavy-duty trucks found on U.S. roads.
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Without even a touch of the steering wheel, the electric car reverses autonomously into the recharging station. I won’t be plugging it in though, instead, the battery will be swapped for a fresh one, at this facility in Norway belonging to Chinese electric carmaker, Nio. The technology is already widespread in China, but the new Power Swap Station, just south of Oslo, is Europe’s first. The company hopes that swapping-out the entire battery will appeal to customers worried about the range of electric cars, or who simply don’t like queuing to recharge. It was certainly straightforward to book a slot on Nio’s app, and once inside the station, all I have to do is park on the designated markings and wait in the car. I can hear bolts being undone as the battery is automatically removed from underneath the vehicle and replaced with a fully- charged one. In less than five minutes, I’m ready to go again.
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