Power Shift: Electric trucks show great promise, but can charging and fueling infrastructure keep up?

As the electrified trucking market has sprung to life in the past 18 months, it appears almost certain that these alt-fuel Class 8 trucks will begin sharing the road with diesel-powered rigs as early as late 2019. Industry newcomers Tesla, Nikola and Thor position their electric-powered rigs as viable, clean alternatives to diesel trucks, as well as a way to slash maintenance and fuel costs.

They also have brought fresh designs to the Class 8 tractor, combining aerodynamic features with aggressive styling befitting their role as workhorses.