Trucking Industry and Technology
The Trucking Industry is a great place to start when talking about new propulsion techniques and technologies because the economies of scale are so huge and the cost savings from even an incremental upgrade more than justify the expenditures in Research and Development to get us there. New Truck Technologies might not sound like a glamorous business but it is a multi-Billion Dollar Industry.
Right now the Industry Technology experts in the Trucking Sector are discussing Fuel Costs, Current Industry Innovations, Fuel Cells and all sorts of potential possibilities on the horizon. But we ask; What is over the Horizon?
What propulsion technologies are out there that we have not considered yet – that are not in the works or even on the drawing boards quite yet? The T-5 Group (The Truck Technology Think Tank Technology Team) considered this and came up with a few potential future technologies and narrowed those down to real hone in on what might be feasible in the next 20-years. Interestingly enough they are not alone.
Many superstar engineering teams at the top Trucking Industry Corporations are considering similar strategies to upgrade the efficiency of logistical flows using computers and more advanced trucks with better propulsion system, better aerodynamics and stronger and lighter materials.
So you ask; How far along are they in these exploits? Well, you might be surprised that the over-the-road truck you see on the highway is a lot more high-tech than you think. But even if you look under the hood and read up on its features, still it is nothing compared to what the Trucks of the Future will be like.