Top 10 of 2013: Heavy-duty goes electric

Jason Cannon

December 24, 2013

The fifth most popular article published by Successful Dealer is the first “green” entry on the list.

In January 2013, Balqon Corporation was awarded nearly $1 million to develop three on-road electric Class 8 trucks.

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Balqon, a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, received $925,000 in earmarked funds for to develop three Model MX30 trucks for use at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to Air Quality Management District Board minutes, Balqon would provide three battery electric trucks with 100 mile range and a DC fast charger utilizing 500 kilowatt-hour lithium battery energy storage unit. Demonstration of DC Charging using battery energy storage is expected to reduce charging costs and charge time for heavy duty electric trucks.

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The company says its MX30 can travel at speeds up to 70 mph, tow loads of over 30 tons and can be charged in less than three hours.

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