Alternative Truck Fuels: Electric

Electric vehicles are slowly gaining popularity across the world. Whether you have an all-electric vehicle or a hybrid vehicle, you will be making use of electric power to some extent. Hybrid vehicles derive most of its power from a liquid fuel, however they draw on electricity to regain some of the power lost during braking. If you are considering making the use to electric trucks, read on to find out everything you need to know.

What is Electric Power?

Classified as an alternative fuel, electricity can be obtained from a wide range of sources, including coal, natural gas, wind energy, nuclear energy, and much more. Plug-in electric vehicles are capable of drawing electricity off the grid and storing this energy in batteries, which is then used to power the vehicle. These batteries are rechargeable and are stored onboard to power one or more electric motors. Although the cost of electricity can vary by region, it is currently a cost-effective alternative compared to gasoline.

Applications of Electric Power

Today, electric power is used as an alternative fuel source for a wide range of applications. This encompasses residential applications that were once reliant on gas, including cooking and heating. Every industry, from entertainment to healthcare and transportation, make use of electric power for their day-to-day operations in the modern world.

Electric-powered vehicles can improve efficiency, even if some of them make use of a liquid fuel as well. With tax credits and incentives available to drivers who make the switch to electric vehicles, we can expect to see an increase in electric vehicles on the road.

How to Obtain Electric Power for Your Needs

As the owner of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), it is easy to find a charging station where you can recharge your vehicle. These vehicles can run for up to 40 miles on electricity alone, after which it will fall back on its gasoline source. In contrast, all-electric vehicles operate on a rechargeable battery alone and can travel distances up to 300 miles before needing a recharge.

Owners of hybrid electric vehicles will find that the internal combustion engine is primarily fueled by gasoline. The electric battery is charged by regenerative braking instead of charging, as is the case with PHEVs.

Mickey Genuine Parts is An Industry Leader in Emerging Technologies and Alternative Fuels

When you are looking to make the switch to alternative fuels and/or buy a vehicle that can do the job, Mickey Genuine Parts is the perfect place to start your search. We focus on research in a wide range of emerging technologies related to the trucking industry and are able to provide you with the alternative fuels you need to keep your fleet running. Because we have so many Mickey-owned service centers nationwide, you can find one near you and drop by at your convenience. Our experienced and knowledgeable team members look forward to serving your every trucking need.

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