ALL THINGS EV

While EV’s aren’t the new kids on the block anymore, there is definitely a lot of terminology + ins and outs of all things EV.

We’ve broken down a few of the most common FAQs and things you should know about EVs and JAC EV Trucks

 

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UNDERSTANDING EV RANGES

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You might see a few different EV ranges used in vehicle marketing and specifications.

One example of this are the factory tested ‘WLTP’ ranges that many manufacturers use (and are often required to do so), however these don’t necessarily reflect a ‘real world’ range.

With this in mind, we have also extensively tested our JAC EV Trucks here in NZ loaded up in city conditions, giving an indicative up to 200km ‘real world’ range.

The last thing we’d want to happen is for you to be sold on a factory tested range that might not actually stack up in the real world – especially once you’ve got a body + load on the back of your truck.

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DRIVING EV TRUCKS

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If you’re a little unsure about driving an EV Truck vs a Diesel Truck you’re in for a treat!

EVs can be a great way to reduce driver fatigue, while not only being almost silent, they also don’t require gear changes – simply pop them in drive and you’re away… there’s really not much to it other than the fact its super easy and comfortable to drive.

When considering charging your EV truck during driving it is super easy to make sure you have enough charge to get the job done. We recommend charging your EV when back at base/home, or topping up when out and about, for example while you’re loading/unloading, or at many of the EV charging stations around NZ. There are a few handy websites/apps around such as Plug Share, that show you where your closest chargers are.

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CHARGING EV TRUCKS

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JAC Trucks use a type of charger called a CCS2 aka ‘Combined Charging System Type 2’

CCS2 DC: Fast Charging: is where you plus your EV into a DC EV Charger – this might look like the ones they have at EV charging stations, or ones that get installed on your garage wall. Charging with CCS2 can see your JAC truck reach 80% charge in as little as 48 minutes*.

The great thing about EV trucks is that you can charge them while you are loading/unloading them – adding extra range to your journey with no down time that could be taken up by refueling.

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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR RANGE

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There are a bunch of different factors that can affect the efficiency of your driving and increase or decrease your range.

JAC EV Trucks are equipped with regenerative braking which is great as it means that kinetic energy can be captured when braking and stored in your vehicles electric batteries giving you additional range.

There are a few factors that can impact your range (similar to the same factors that impact your fuel economy in a standard vehicle), including driving style, road conditions (up hill, poor grip), weather conditions (wind resistance), or even the condition of your tyres.

JAC Light EV Trucks are best suited to city driving doing ‘last-mile-delivery’ of whipping around city streets to complete your jobs. The reason for this is due to the regenerative braking that takes place in city driving much more often, you’ll be surprised by how efficient driving an EV Truck around the city really can be.

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SERVICING EV TRUCKS

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Good news! Servicing an EV will cost you less than servicing a diesel truck.

With less moving parts, and no engine oil + filter changes EV’s are considerably easier to maintain.

At each servicing, your JAC technician will also check the health of your EV batteries to ensure that these have the best possible efficiency and lifespan.

JAC Light EV Trucks are best suited to city driving doing ‘last-mile-delivery’ of whipping around city streets to complete your jobs. The reason for this is due to the regenerative braking that takes place in city driving much more often, you’ll be surprised by how efficient driving an EV Truck around the city really can be.

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FINDING YOUR CLOSEST CHARGER

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You might be quite surprised by how good the charging infrastructure in New Zealand is, especially around main cities and through the ‘electric highway’.

The good thing about a JAC EV truck is that you can usually position them close enough to a public charger to give them a top up when you are out and about.

If you know you need to stop for a coffee break or pit stop, why not pick somewhere that has an EV charger, that way you can top up your EV range during your down time!

We have a handy map on our website here: https://www.jacnz.co.nz/find-an-ev-charger

We also recommend using the app www.plugshare.com or try out the map from NZTA at www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/ev-chargers.

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With decades of trucking experience and a world class EV Truck fleet, JAC New Zealand can help support your business and team with all things EV.

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