S.14 Study Group Information Report 2016-1: Battery Electric Vehicles in Light- & Medium-Duty and Specialty Truck Commercial Applications
A Class 1-6 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) powered solely by electricity is much different than a CMV powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) or by hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) design includes storage only for its onboard battery capacity, not fossil fuel. The battery capacity has a direct impact on vehicle range and powered features. The electrical propulsion system requires a high voltage supply andsignificant current draw that dictates the capability and therefore the battery capacity. Unlikeelectric cars that can transport a relatively light load within a limited range, a commercialapplication relates to the operator’s ability to fulfill a customer’s expectations.
Issued: June 2016Report