Electric Trucks: Total Cost Of Ownership Tool For Fleets

FEB 8 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 10

Does going electric save truck fleets money?

Global supplier of vehicle powertrains — Dana Incorporated — just launched a new cost of ownership tool for fleet owners to compare diesel trucks to all-electric trucks. The calculator takes user-provided details and translates them into a total-cost-of-ownership equation.

Trucking info explains that total cost of ownership factors in fuel (gas or electricity), related infrastructure/equipment, and various other data to come up with a cost per mile, as well as a yearly cost of operation.

Fleet owners and other interested parties must supply a small amount of information, via an interface that is easy to understand and navigate. Once the calculations are complete, the user can switch back and forth between the all-electric costs and diesel costs in order to compare details. The tool also offers a side-by-side comparison for ease of use.

If an owner has specific details about their current vehicle(s), the calculator will allow them to enter those. This way, figures like starting cost, taxes, maintenance, etc. can be accounted for. However, in the event that the owner doesn’t have those specifics on hand, the tool will account for an average estimate.

Being that the calculator is adaptable and allows much user input, it can prove helpful comparisons for many various situations. It also offers global measurement units and different currencies. In addition, Dana says its tool will be updated periodically. Eventually, it will be able to estimate other powertrain choices.

Source: Truckinginfo, Dana

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It would be interesting to write a fleet program that would collect real-time data (cost of charging, cost of fuel, actual fuel and maintenance bills, vehicle lease payments, payroll, etc) and compare that to real data for different EV truck options. All collected from their current fleet management software, and from public sources, like plugshare etc. That would provide the beans the bean counters need to count their beans.

Well, once there are EV trucks actually being sold…..

They started to sell a few years back, that was (as far as I know) electrified (normal) trucks.
The problem was an initial purchase price 2-3 times as high as a regular truck, even with no taxes and VAT. When parts to the electric system failed, it took weeks to get it fixed. The advantages was lower running costs, and no toll road payment.
Mercedes offer the Fuso now, and MAN offer at least one model. More or less in a test set up, together with their customers. The new generation will for sure be a safer bet since large manufacturers have a really good (parts) logistic system, and are working hard to teach their mechanics on the new systems.
In 2-3 years time er should see electric trucks start to increase their market share.

None of these are large commercial tractors. These are just small commercial trucks.
Still, ….

So where is the link for this tool?

Haha!!! Without ANY usable information here (a new record), not many truck evs are going to be sold as a result.

I know as far 18 wheelers go, even in EV mode you are still going to have a fair amount of maintenance incurred. In the last ten years of all the various trucks I have had, engine problems are almost a non issue, but you still have the steady diet of everything else that craps out, air driers, wipers, 5 th wheel maintenance, brakes, air lines, lights, fans, on and on and on, none of that is going to change much even going to pure EV. This stuff gets beat pretty well on the road and current engine tech is incredibly reliable for at least the first 500,000 to 750,000 miles. In the US fuel is really cheap right now so that doesn’t help breakeven on costs much.

Brakes seem to be something that would not be part of an EV truck’s diet; how much money does that represent in TOC?

EV trucks will not use brakes much, that is done with regeneration. For vocational and urban applications, brakes can be a large part of the total maintenance budget. Refuse trucks can spend more than the initial cost of the truck on brake jobs over the life of the truck, sometimes replacing brakes monthly or more (ask a NYC garbage truck operator). EV brakes should last the life of the tractor, saving big $. Heat rejection load for an EV is a tiny fraction of diesel heat rejection, so the fans will be small and little used, with zero maintenance. Have you really had no maintenance on the exhaust-after-treatment systems? That means you are either driving a 12 year old engine from before the DPF and SCR requirements in 2007 (in which case shame on you for the pollution), or you are the luckiest diesel owner in the world. 12 V lead acid battery failures are usually very high on the list of warranty costs for heavy trucks, that should all but disappear for EV tractors as there is no starter cranking. All the 12 V battery has to do is wake up some computers to start the DC to DC… Read more »

Does the TCoO tool account for the costs to society of continuing to burn fossil fuels? Human health and suffering? PM 2.5? Increased healthcare costs for us all?