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Reducing EV range anxiety through proper planning

Jason Morgan is the content director of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

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Range, range, range. Will it have enough range? What’s the range? How can we improve the range?

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These are the types of rapid-fire questions that come at the beginning of the electric vehicle conversation. For electric trucks, range varies by manufacturer and can be impacted by the route, operating environment and even the driver’s habits. A more important question than “What is the range?” is: What application are you looking to tackle with an electric truck?

From there, you can look at specs, route optimization, charging cycles and strategies, and more, as Patrick Wallace, marketing segment manager for Peterbilt, explained when I caught up with him at the Peterbilt booth at ATA’s MCE 2021. He walked us through the Peterbilt Model 579EV specs and discussed how implementing electric trucks means more than discussing its range capabilities; it means talking about the task it’s up against. From there, the planning starts.

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Watch the video above for all of Wallace’s electrifying EV insight.

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