Think electrification is just for cars? Think again!
Check out our roundup of some of the latest types of vehicles to go electric!
- “This Huge Electric Dump Truck Needs to Plug In:” This new dump truck, weighing 45 tons, never needs to plug in. A beefed-up version of the “regenerative braking” all EVs use converts kinetic energy created during downhill declines into electrical energy. Although most EVs use this mechanism, the weight of this dump truck takes it to a new level. In fact, the energy created on downhill declines produces enough energy to create a self-sustaining battery system. Click here to learn more.
- “World’s First All-Electric Ski Hill Snowcat is Already Pushing Snow Around Slopes:” PistenBully recently introduced what it claims is the world’s 1st all-electric snow groomer. This 126 kWh, 400V battery can charge fully in 5-6 hours and be used for upwards to three hours. Can’t wait to see one in use in Vermont! Click here to learn more.
- “Caterpillar Unveils an All-Electric 26-ton Excavator with a Giant 300 kWh Battery Pack:” Caterpillar just announced the creation of a fully electric excavator. This 26-ton excavator has a massive 300 kWh battery that has a life of 5-7 hours. The creators believe it will significantly reduce air and noise pollution for blue-collar workers around the world. If they can get 2500 of these excavators in use, it would be the equivalent of 60,000 cars off the road. Click here to learn more.
- “Volve CE Goes Electric on Smaller Machines:” Volvo just announced its entire small construction equipment range will soon be offered in battery electric versions – and that they’re end new investment in the diesel versions of these vehicles. This makes Volvo the first construction equipment manufacturer to commit to an electric future for its “compact machine range,” and paves the way for construction projects run on clean electricity all over the world. Click here to learn more.
- “XCYC Pickup: The Love Child of an Electric Bike and a Ford F-150:” This new electric tricycle has a major capacity to reform urban and rural transportation of goods. With a max speed of 15.5 mph, enough charge to last 3-4 hours, and a 661 lb cargo limit, short-distance urban deliveries and farming needs could be completely electrified! Click here to learn more.”
- Vermont Utilities Roll Out E-Mower Rebates: Despite their small size, conventional lawn mowers are far more polluting than cars. The good news is, consumers have the option to electrify lawn care! Recently, Burlington Electric Department and other utilities like GMP and Washington Electric Coop announced an electric mower rebate campaign. Want to mow cleaner? Check with your local utility on the rebate they offer and find a dealer near you.
- “Harley Davidson Released its First All-Electric Motorcycle:” Harley Davidson just launched its first all-electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, marking a new chapter for the company best known for its big, burly gas bikes. With Harley coming out with additional smaller, cheaper models in the near future, the LiveWire can go 0-60 in 3 seconds. Who ever said electric vehicles aren’t fast? Click here to learn more.
- “Vermont launches electric school bus pilot with Volkswagen settlement funds:” Currently, there are about 480,000 school buses in the US that travel around 3.5 billion miles every year. Our children’s education is important – and so is public health and the environment. And now, thanks in large part of the hard work of VPIRG and our members, Vermont is using funds from the Volkswagen Settlement to start getting electric school buses on the roads in Vermont! Click here to learn more.