375. HEAVY DUTY ELECTRIC TRUCK
The Port of Los Angeles has partnered with the Balqon Corporation, a US manufacturer of electric trucks, to develop the world's most powerful electric truck. This monster electric tractor is capable of hauling a fully-loaded 40-foot cargo container (weighing 60,000 pounds), at a top speed of 40mph and maximum distance of 30 miles. Here's the video:
According to the data sheet, these electric trucks can operate with "fuel" costs 75-90% less than similar diesel vehicles. The Port has approved the production of 20 of these trucks for use as "hostlers" (tractors for moving containers within the port) Source, and ordered five more for on-road use Source.
This truck conclusively debunks the myth that large trucks and machines (like farm equipment) cannot be driven with batteries. The technology is clearly well-developed and practical. Combining these large trucks with the mid-size electric trucks we have already discussed in #320, there are clearly no significant barriers to swapping all local freight traffic to electric trucks.
Here, of course, the America-centric doomsquad steps in with the usual rejoinder: "Uh huh. Give me a call when you can get one of those toys to go from LA to Chicago, asshat. LOL." The answer to that is straightforward. It's a different kind of electric truck called an "electric train", developed about 120 years ago: