Unless you’ve been living under a huge rock for the past few months, you can’t fail to have seen that Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla – is everywhere right now.
He’s on the cover of Rolling Stone, he wants to go to Mars, and he’s dating some of the most charismatic women around.
But that’s not all he’s been doing, because this month the innovation giant unveiled something that looks set to change the HGV industry forever. And we’re not talking in a few decades time, or even a few years, we’re talking 2019 onwards.
At a gathering of press and other frantically interested parties in LA earlier this month, Elon Musk took to the stage to introduce two vehicles that look like they came straight out of a sci fi flick.
The car and HGV were both introduced as all-electric vehicles which would break down the barriers in both public and professional consciousness when it comes to non fossil fuel vehicles. And soon enough we will be able to charge our electric cars from within our own houses, with a socket going directly from the foundation of the home and to our power outlets.
Although the car was of great interest, by far the greatest amount of time at the show and tell was devoted to the HGV, which had the sleek appearance of a personal electronic device but in a giant and powerful looking body.
Musk explained that the HGV would be perfect for the haulage industry, and indeed looking at the vehicle specs it’s hard to argue.
It can travel up to 500 miles with just one charge, all while carrying its maximum weight load. It can accelerate, drive on autopilot and manage hills just like its current non-electric counterparts, and it has reinforced windows and additional safety features that mark it out as one of the most risk averse vehicles on the road.
And the savings are all there for haulage companies to see. Costing 20% per mile less than a fossil fueled HGV, it also retails for a modest amount and boasts a saving of £150,000 in its own lifetime compared with current HGVs.
Because it’s good for the environment, and good for the pocket, it’s highly likely that what Elon Musk unveiled in LA is not just Tesla’s latest invention, but also the future of HGVs in the UK and beyond.
So what does all this mean if you’re considering a career as a professional HGV driver? Well, it simply means that you’ll need to be learning on new equipment, and if anything you can expect driving to get easier with these kinds of vehicles than with any vehicle that came before it – simply because of the amount of automation and safety features involved.
Any driving school worth their salt will want to keep up with these new technologies, and train their students on exactly the kind of equipment they’ll be using in the real world.
Companies like Specialised HGV are on top of their game with LGV Training & when it comes to making sure students have access to the latest new vehicles as soon as possible, so if you’re looking to train then make sure you find out what kind of future-proofing your training school has built into their course, and make this a key line of enquiry when you speak to them. After all, the future of HGVs is already here, so make sure you train with a company that’s looking forwards and not back.