100 Years of Electric Delivery Vans & Trucks

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Are there Electric Powered Trucks today?

Yes.  Tesla  Motors paved the way by capturing the attention of consumers in North America and Europe.  June 22, was the fourth anniversary of the first S Sedans rolling off the Fremont, CA production line and the S is now the best selling EV in the world today.

Nikola Motor Company Generated $2.3 Billion Pre-Selling 7,000 units in May, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY. June 13, 2016– Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton today announced that $2.3 billion in reservations have been generated in the first month, totaling more than 7,000 truck reservations with deposits. The company announced last month that it will launch an electric class 8 semi-truck, dubbed “Nikola One.”

Working electric truck prototype to be unveiled on December 2, 2016 in Salt Lake City




and Nikola Trucks is already showcasing its Walmart Wave Concept Truck:


Coca Cola is testing some Refigerated Electric Powered delivery vans: Green goes better with Coke, as seen through the Company’s ongoing efforts to deliver their products via six all-electric, zero-emissions trucks built by eStar. These electric vehicles will join Coca-Cola’s growing fleet of 750 heavy-duty, alternative fuel vehicles, taking the “Lead” and “Not Looking Back”

The six electric Coca-Cola trucks are on the roads in San Francisco; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Hartford, Conn.; with two trucks in Los Angeles. These eStar vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. The windshield design offers nearly 180-degree visibility, improving safety. The vehicle is almost completely quiet.


Where were we in the early 1900s?

In 1919 Harrods delivered its products to Lodoners in all electric delivery vans:

BTWD5N 1919 Harrods Walker Electric van, LW6737, at the Goodwood Revival, Sussex, England, UK.. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.
BTWD5N 1919 Harrods Walker Electric van, LW6737, at the Goodwood Revival, Sussex, England, UK.. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.

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Harrods continued using Walker Electric Trucks and they were upgraded over time. They were built from 1907 to 1942 in Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. Initially designed and manufactured by the Walker Vehicle Company (not to be confused with the Walker Motor Car Company) in Chicago, they were bought by the Anderson Electric Car Company of Detroit in 1916, then sold to Commonwealth Edison of Chicago in 1920, and last to York & Towne in 1933. In addition to the trucks the company manufactured the Chicago Electric Car.[1] Several of their trucks were long in service, surviving the brand, in some cases, by decades. A few of them are now on display in museums or, in the case of one exported to New Zealand, still “in service” with its original owner Orion New Zealand Limited.[2]

Walker manufactured many different models of trucks and these trucks were sold all across the USA and even to Britain and New Zealand. These trucks had a 3.5 HP electric motor that was powered by many batteries to produce 66 to 80 volts and a maximum of 40 amps. The driving range of these trucks was about 50 miles and the maximum speed was 10 to 12 MPH. The trucks were plugged into a charging station in the evening after the daily deliveries were completed.

Courtesy: www.wikipdeia/com


Throughout this period,horse drawn vans were used to deliver dairy products (butter, milk and eggs) to homes.and

Horse drawn milk float, Montreal, Canada. Courtesy, www.wikipedia.com


electrification led to the advent of Pb-Acid powered milk floats.

Brush Pony Electrical milk floa(1947) Courtesy: www.pnterest.com
We’ve generated a table that compares the performance of the 1st Generation Walker powered Harrod’s Electric Delivery Van with a customized version of the Chevrolet Bolt which will available for sale at the end of 2016.
There are a number of applications where the Value Proposition for EVs is most attractive, e.g., last mile deliveries to consumers, restaurants and bars and emergency vehicles (police cars, paramedic vehicles, fire trucks). In both applications, rapid battery replacement (< 2 minutes) is a great advantage. We do no know if GM would be willing to develop such a vehicle. Chevy_Bolt_2_150112

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