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Electric truck tech re-shaping the truck aftermarket

"No trucking industry meeting would be complete without a discussion of future technology, especially given all the technology changes currently in the works. The Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Grapevine, Texas, did its part to make sure trucking suppliers were educated on future technology, featuring a panel that focused largely on electric trucks.

The panel consisted of Joe Plomin, senior vice president, aftermarket and industrial and trailer, for Meritor; Mike Roeth, executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency; and Gio Sordoni, co-founder and COO of electric-truck startup XOS.

Moderator Brian Daughtery, chief technology officer for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, kicked off the session by asking panelists to talk about the time frame and applications for deployment of electric vehicles.

Sordoni cited government statistics that show that 2/3 of the freight moved in the U.S. in 2018 only moved 100 miles. “Routes that are short — 150 miles or less — and return to base and predictable routes are suited for electric vehicles,” he said."

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