Electric Vehicle News
The test commercial run demonstrated up to 60 per cent savings in operating cost over conventional diesel trucks. The Company has commercially launched Rhino 5536, a pure electric truck which is having 55MT as the gross vehicle weight. Babulal, Managing Director of BL Trading Co, who is running five electric trucks in the pilot program, is happy that the truck is giving four times the margins of a diesel truck.
The truck has the following features
- World's heaviest pure electric truck
- Designed and developed in India
- Air conditioned Lithium-Iron Phosphate battery with warranty of 7 years
- 160 kW charger can charge a truck’s battery pack from 0 to 100% in 90 minutes.
- There are two variants
- IPLT 5536 55 MT
- 200 km range - 25% Gradient - Rs 94.5 lakhs
- 100 km range - 25% Gradient - Rs 70 lakhs
- IPLT 2821 28 MT
- 120-240KM Range - 21% Gradient
- IPLT 5536 55 MT
- 50% better grade-ability compared to diesel trucks
- Energy consumed is 1/4th the cost of diesel
- Clutch less automatic transmission
- Single electric truck can save 50,000 liters of diesel annually
- Less maintenance and reliable compared to diesel trucks
- Cooler cabin temperature and comfort for drivers
- Gradients upto 23 per cent can be climbed, significantly exceeding comparable diesel trucks - making its operation in difficult terrain much smoother
"Our planned production is oversubscribed with a waiting time of six months. Owing to the significant demand for what we considered as a niche product, we are expanding our production capacity," said Subodh Yadav, CEO of IPLTech.
The Company has raised investments from German VC fund Fundamental AG and entrepreneur-led fund Leo Capital. Also Tube Investments has backed the Company in its seed round.
The power required for charging electric truck batteries would be provided through company operated charger network. The Company is already operating two charging stations on Delhi-Jaipur highway and a fleet of 12 Electric Trucks is already on the road. 1,000 Electric trucks will soon be on the road in Delhi NCR and will be added to client fleets in a phased manner.
Wow! This is very impressive work by the team at Infraprime Logistics Technologies. In a short span of time, they have developed an electric truck and also have completed pilot programs and are now poised for growth. There are about 4 lakh deisel trucks in construction industry, in ports, highways and there is huge scope for IPLT to grab a large share of the market.
The aggressive pricing and the sophisticated battery cooling system caught our attention. The cooling system used is a liquid refrigerant, which is in contact with each of the cells. The system maintains the temperature of the battery pack at 35 C. Also Lithium-Iron Phosphate battery is a very good choice for India.
Another very important aspect of electric trucking is Regen. When braking, the truck's kinetic energy is transmitted from the wheel to the motor. The electric motor acts as a generator to convert the braking energy into electrical energy and then it is converted to heat by the braking resistor. Regenerative braking is an important feature of pure electric trucks, which has a significant effect on improving the driving range and economic performance of trucks. Also 25% of the energy per trip is generated via regenerative braking, which is huge.
We feel this company has already done so much for electric trucking, compared to many other large global truck manufacturers like Peterbilt, Daimler, Tesla who have all announced electric trucks but are yet to get them out in the market. We are damn proud of the team at Infraprime Logistics Technologies!