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Short routes. Return-to-home operations. Those are seemingly slam-dunk applications for electric trucks. We’ve seen electric trucks roll large in pick-up-and-delivery applications, as well as regional haul routes. So what’s the hold up in the vocational truck space?
Like many trucking segments, challenges come with the unknown. Chassis space and weight play a larger role in upfitting electric trucks compared to their diesel counterparts. But the more things change, the more they stay the same … in some respects. To find out how electric trucks can be upfitted for vocational applications, I visited with the team from Lion Electric at this year’s NTEA Upfitting Summit.
Lion’s Dominik Beckman, vice president of marketing and communications, brought me up to speed on all things Lion just before Lion’s Eric West, director of channel sales, walked me around the Lion 6–a battery electric Class 6 truck that was on display at the Upfitting Summit. From frame rail space and suspension specs to application targets and electric PTO opportunities, West detailed how the all-electric truck is ready to take on tough vocational applications.