Whats next?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Swampy, Jan 4, 2008.

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New Technology

  1. Fuel Cell

    5.3%
  2. Diesel/Electric motor

    57.9%
  3. Todays just fine

    15.8%
  4. Give me the good ol' days

    21.1%
  1. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just curious. Whats the next step technology wise for trucks?

    For smaller trucks (I.E. 3/4 ton, and 1 ton pickups, and 1 ton cab and chassis)

    Fuel Cell: Research in fuel cell technology for a alternate fuel. Really don't know to much about them other than they are in demo cars.

    Diesel/Electric Motor: Last I heard is that US Forces are looking heavily in this option when the Hummv is exhausted and everybody knows that breakthrough technology becomes civilized in just a matter of time.

    Today's standards: Technology used today is just going to be the same for a long time.

    Good ol' Days: Go back to the how the past standards where.

    If you think of another alternative such as corn based products, which are out already and not going far. Please add.
     
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hydrogen is the future. I know a lot of folks will disagree with me, but by the time we need to rely 100% on hydrogen the technology will be much more affordable to produce the hydrogen itself, the infrastructure to support hydrogen energy will be abundant, and the hydrogen propelled vehicles will be much cheaper to produce. This is quite a ways down the road but I foresee hydrogen as the future. Eventually, it will be completely 100% emissions free to produce hydrogen and vehicles running hydrogen will also be emissions free, completely self sustaining energy that is healthy to the environment as well.

    Ethanol is not a new idea, but there's simply not enough land across the US to produce enough corn to keep us going. Plus, ethanol still emits greenhouse gasses. While I'm not an expert about pollution and the affects of these gasses, I would think that continuing to produce vehicles that pump out a fair amount of pollutants might not be in our best interest for a long term solution.
     
  3. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hydrogen Trucks probably, but I always thought a neat feature someone would add to trucks would be a gauge/scale to tell how much wieght you are hauling
     
  4. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Hah, its funny..i was thinking the same thing the other day.
     
  5. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you talking about a force gauge for pulling or a pressure scale for weight in the box?
     
  6. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
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    A pressure scale for weight in the box
     
  7. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    its there you just got to translate it to simple terms
     
  8. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Load sensing is used in the brake system for the ABS part. Has been for a number of years. The computer knows it, it's just a matter of getting it out. And also wishes it was available as a readout.

    As far as the question, hydrogen or combination hydrogen and battery power.
     
  9. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    Hydrogen IS coupled with batteries. Its output is electrical.
     

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