Electric truck development gathers pace

Balqon Corporation, an emerging developer and manufacturer of zero emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles, has announced the release of its lithium-ion battery powered heavy-duty electric truck designed for short-haul applications.
Balqon’s new product, the Mule M150, is designed as a zero-emissions vehicle for short-haul on-highway routes in inner cities, port facilities and airports for the distribution of goods and cargo. The Mule M150 is equipped with Balqon’s fully integrated heavy-duty electric drive system and lithium-ion batteries to provide increased range and performance. Balqon announced that the Mule M150 is able to travel at a speed of up to 88 km/h and has a range of 240 km on a single charge under unloaded conditions.
Balwinder Samra, Balqon Corporation’s president and chief executive officer, said: “Whilst electric delivery trucks with a 7-tonne capacity are new to inner-city delivery applications, we believe they show significant potential in improving performance and environmental pollution. The Mule M150 is a zero emissions heavy-duty truck that we believe is an ideal solution for inner-city applications where trucks idle in congested city traffic. We also believe that the use of our Mule M150 in these applications will result in reduced noise and air pollution.”
Balqon Corporation is a developer of heavy-duty electric trucks, tractors and electric drive systems. The company uses its proprietary flux vector control technology to design propulsion systems for 10 to 50-tonne capacity vehicles and material handling equipment. Balqon Corporation’s current product line of tow tractors is designed to transport containers at ports, marine terminals, rail yards, warehouses, intermodal facilities, military bases and mail facilities.

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