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AIRPower’s powertrain system is designed to replace the heavy-duty truck’s current diesel engine and transmission with electrically driven motors and generators, batteries, telemetry, and software. It is a self sustaining system that does not require for the truck to stop and fill up at the pump, plug in to an outside source to charge, or fuel up on hydrogen gas.
The AIRPower powertrain uses photovoltaic panels installed on the roof and sides of the truck to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity. If snow accumulates on the roof, it will be melted using an embedded thermal/cooling mechanism. The electricity is stored in a Li-ion battery pack. This battery will power an air compressor which will compress ambient air and sends it to a) compressed air storage tank or b) to a turbine which turns it into mechanical power which then a generator converts into electricity. The electricity is then stored in Li-ion battery packs. The compressed air tank serves as a backup system that will release compressed air into a second turbine and the electricity produced will be stored in the same battery packs.
The air compressor is meant to be operating when the truck is not running. If the truck is run 24/7, the system will charge while driving but will create some drag.
truck stop charging
Department of Transportation allows truck drivers to work in 14-hour windows. During the 14-hour time frame the driver is allowed to drive for up to 11 hours. The remainder of the time is supposed to be dedicated to rest and breaks. This requirement is designed to help the truck drivers maintain a consistent sleeping pattern.
It is during these rests and breaks that the air compressor is meant to be operating - when the truck is stopped. Zero drag.
AIRPower powertrain and truck vs other semi-truck concepts
electric vs diesel motors
AIRPower truck’s aerodynamic design is based on the style of the high-speed trains in Europe and Japan