Have you seen the one about the big trucks that burn 1800 gallons of diesel to make just 1 electric car? Yeah – that one’s a lie.
“This is a CAT994H,” the hysteria-fueled post reads. “It burns 1800 gallons of fuel in a 12 hour shift. This machine is required to move 500,000 lbs. of earth in order to get the minerals needed for ONE SINGLE Tesla car battery. In whose world does this type of math and green new deal make sense?”
And, look– if you think we’re making that all up and there is no one out there who could possibly be dense enough to believe anything like that’s actually what’s happening …
… there it is.
Look, we all know there are powerful forces in the world who are against electrification. Electrification threatens their business or their income, and they’ve found a way to use social media to influence people who are looking not necessarily for facts, but for fuel to feed the fires of whatever it is they believe. And, in fairness, that’s happening on every side of just about every issue.
What’s more, that post up there has already been debunked by an entire cottage industry of fact-checkers who will point out that the diesel calculations for the big mining trucks is wrong, the amount of dirt moved is wrong, and speak to the fact that those minerals, once pulled from the ground to be used in batteries, can be indefinitely recycled, meaning that initial carbon expense is only paid once, whereas a fossil fuel has a carbon cost to get from the ground, a carbon cost to refine, a carbon cost to transport, and a carbon cost to burn … and, of course, once it’s burned, you can’t reuse it. You have to go get more. Others have done all of that, admirably– but we’re going to do something different.
We’re going to assume that every single word of that nonsensical tweet/gram/tok is 100% correct, and show you that there’s a way to do the same amount of work that the big CAT994H can do with big trucks that are electric.
And, not just big trucks that are electric … but big trucks that never need charging. Ready to learn more? Read on.
Meet the eDumper
The truck you see here is called the eDumper. Developed by eMining AG and first put into service in 2019, it’s one of the largest electric vehicles on Earth.
The eDumper weighs over 120 tons (240,000 lbs.), and has a 65 ton payload capacity— equal to more than 130 “half ton” F-150 Lightning pickups or RAM 1500s. It’s really, really big, in other words, and it uses some clever technology to ensure that it uses zero (0) grid-sourced energy.
How? The eDumper harnesses the power of gravity to roll down from the top of the mine with a full load of material, with the operator riding the brakes the whole way down. The “brakes” are actually electric motors with extremely high resistance, and spinning against that load recharges the big trucks’ batteries. Once it’s at the bottom and unloaded, the 65 ton lighter eDumper uses the electricity it gained on the trip down to power its way back up to the top of the mine.
If this all sounds familiar, that’s because it is. We covered an Infinity Train developed by Fortescue a few weeks ago that uses the same principle to avoid the need for “plug” charging indefinitely.
For those of you keeping score, that’s well over 500,000 lbs. of earth moved– and zero gallons of diesel burned in the process. Gotta love that!
What do you guys think? Has that initial post been busted to your satisfaction? What about some of the other “compelling” posts out there? Scroll on down to the comments and leave links to your favorite anti-EV lies and we’ll bust ’em all!
SOURCE | IMAGES: LITHIUM SYSTEMS.
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