The vehicles that carry the burden of US construction and industrial activity are being subjected to new waves of Renewable Future regulation. As the New York Times highlights, tighter tailpipe rules will mean that vehicles need to dust up to a higher standard – or face huge levies, or even time off the road. With that in mind, there’s a mooted conversion to electric on the cards – moving industrial and construction vehicles to a renewable future. This, obviously, throws up a few key questions, not least the matter of replacing parts.
Electric tracks and wheels
The modern construction vehicle is prized for versatility. Tools like the skid steer can bring on board a wide range of equipment while staying maneuverable in tight spaces; using versatile parts such as SVL75 tracks and L213 tyres means that the device will stay useful in all situations. The physics of EV movement mean that this can be changed, but there is potentially good news on the horizon. Firstly, the way that electric vehicles move may be ready-to-go in conjunction with applications such as skid-steer. Secondly, as CNBC highlighted, parts are generally harder and replaced less frequently on renewable vehicles; that’s good news for versatility and endurance on industrial items.
Providing the power
Industrial and construction vehicles need to provide huge power – otherwise, they’re redundant. The internal combustion engine is now so refined and innovated that it can provide massive power with little resources – an act that EVs have struggled to catch up with. However, as the UKs National Grid highlights, Formula E racing has now exposed just how powerful EVs can be – those top speeds can be translated into push and pull power.
Getting it powered up
Possibly the biggest problem with EV adoption on construction sites is the need for power. Generators are not guaranteed to provide the on-the-spot requirements these vehicles have, and it’s not as simple as bringing a fuel can. This could change, however. As The Guardian highlights, President Biden is aiming to put up 500,000 new EV charging points across the country. This could provide the network necessary to support working vehicles.
Some way off, then, but electric construction and industrial vehicles are a real prospect for the future. With a network in place to support them and the technology behind them, it may not be long before quiet and efficient vehicles are spotted on work sites.