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Electric Trucks Facing Long Road to Unseat Diesel Engines

Range and charging are bigger issues for trucks than cars.

Tesla's electric truck.
Tesla's electric truck.

Source: Tesla


The next battleground for replacing fossil fuel-guzzling vehicles will be U.S. interstate highways, where long-haul trucks keep the economy moving.

Electric trucks are coming, and they’ll be cleaner and cheaper to operate than conventional models that burn diesel, according to Tesla Inc., which already has prototypes on the road. Diesel advocates say range and recharging will be bigger hurdles for massive 18-wheelers than they’ve been for cars, and it will be several years before battery-powered models are ready for the open road.