Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register
  • The TMC Podcast team will be live streaming a Tesla AI Day watch party this Friday at 4:30PM PDT. Check out this podcast clip for more details. You will be able to watch the stream on YouTube.

Electric parking lot sweepers?

wdolson

Well-Known Member
Jul 24, 2015
8,853
17,073
Clark Co, WA
Last night I ran to the supermarket just before they closed and as I left there was a vacuum cleaner truck running around the parking lot. I've seen these before in large parking lots after hours, they're used to suck up debris that people drop during the day. As the thing went by me, I got a choking nose full of diesel and my first thought was, "this would be a good application for an EV!" It wouldn't need much range, but the vacuum system probably would suck some battery power. It would also have plenty of time to charge during the day.
 
There are actually a lot of applications that are powered with fossil fuels and do not need range or autonomy.
Similar story with winter applications (e.g. snow blowers)

But many of them do use a lot of power, which is often not available or expensive from a battery or socket.
The situation will improve with battery technology and Europe has the 44 kW IEC 60309 3 phase plugs.
 

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top