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What about electric HGVs?

The biggest battery killer in terms of range is weight so LCVs and HGVs are at a disadvantage straight away.
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30 March 2024

HOW far an electric HGV can travel on a single charge will vary depending on the size of the battery, the weight of the load that is being transported and how the vehicle is driven. Tesla claims its all-electric HGV is expected to have a range of up to 500 miles on a full charge although this remains to be seen.

The maximum range of electric lorries currently available in the UK go from 300 miles with the DAF XF to 125 miles for the Mercedes-Benz eActros. Not bad you may think, but not great in terms of the distances HGVs travel.

Compare that to an average 750 miles achievable on a full tank of diesel – so there’s still some way to go in terms of fully electric HGVs. This is why there is a lot of investment in hydrogen fuel cells for trucks although there is still no great infrastructure for that in place.

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