First electric truck to show low cost of sun power

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JAC N55 electric truck from China will be used to show how much fleet operators can save by using solar powered vehicles instead of diesel power.
JAC N55 electric truck from China will be used to show how much fleet operators can save by using solar powered vehicles instead of diesel power.

Last mile deliveries cost less by using solar power than by burning diesel, a fact which Johannesburg-based logistics specialists Aeversa plans to demonstrate with the first electric truck from China — the JAC N55 EV.

Aeversa CEO Rick Franz told Witness Wheels that electric vehicles (EV) are always cheaper to operate than internal combustion engines, adding that the savings are much more pronounced when the vehicles are powered by a solar array.

“By our calculations and according to our current data, the truck will use around 400 watt-hours per kilometre in a combined cycle. That’s a mix of loaded and unloaded kilometres.

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