Eco Factor: Trucks powered by batteries.
Smith Electric Vehicles has stated that the company will start producing the “world’s largest electric truck” in Kansas City, Missouri. The trucks that are being developed by Smith Electric Vehicles and Ford Motor Co. will be able to haul a payload of a maximum of eight tons at a speed of 50 mph. The operating range of the trucks is about 150 miles on a single charge.
The manufacturers state that the trucks could be used for small distance transportation, which require decent sized trucks able to perform on city roads with the maximum fuel efficiency. Apart from greening the cargo industry, this new plant in Kansas City will provide 200 green collar jobs within three years, which is a welcome sign in the credit-struck economy of today.
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Eco Factor: Truck powered by a diesel-electric hybrid engine.
Trucks have always been the kings of the road, so any futuristic design of a truck needs to maintain that distinct image and class. Gabor Magyari, a design student at the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary, has created what many would have wanted a couple of decades earlier. With massive fuel-eating engines, trucks were always in need of some green refinement for a better environment. The SunTruck, as Gabor calls it, is his vision of a futuristic, ecofriendly truck.
These awesome trucks have been made on a Mercedes platform and are the sexiest trucks on the planet. A Swiss-German industrial designer named Luigi Colani has crafted them.
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Designed by Haishan Deng, The Chameleon is an innovative concept truck that has segmented body which enable the truck to adjust its size to fit the container. The resilient soft tarpaulin shelled body is strong enough to protect its cargo but also absorbs impacts in case of accidents. As an added benefit fuel savings abound since the truck�s weight is slashed in half.