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If I Get an Electric Truck, Will I Still be Able to Cook My Thanksgiving Dinner on the Engine Block?

The past few weeks have seen the launch (and promised launch) of several electric pickup trucks. This week, Tesla launched their much-anticipated and futuristic-looking Cybertruck, which will start at $39,000. Ford also launched their Mustang Mach-E electric SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, while GM CEO Mary Barra stated that Chevy will have their first pickup trucks in showrooms in under two years (Fall 2021).  However, the first EV pickup truck on the market was Rivian, an Amazon-backed company, which launched roughly a year ago. For pickup truck owners that are green-minded (or just want the extra torque that EVs have), these announcements are great news. However for some pickup truck owners, the real question is “can I still cook my Thanksgiving dinner on my engine block” (a good guide on how to do this is given here)?

Unfortunately, the answer is an emphatic “NO”. Unlike internal combustion engines, electric motors are extremely efficient, and generate very little heat. However, the same cannot be said about many electric vehicle (EV) fast DC chargers. A 60kW DC fast charger that is 90% efficient puts out about 6,000 watts of power as heat (for reference, the average stove uses about 3,000 watts of power). The problem is that this heat has to be dissipated somehow, or it will negatively impact the reliability of the charger by cooking the charger’s active electrical components. Obviously, the more efficient a charger is, the less heat that has to be dissipated, and the higher the reliability of the EV charger.

As experts in high-power systems, Rhombus understands how to build high-power EV charging solutions that are both high-efficiency and highly reliable. While we can’t help you figure out how to cook your Thanksgiving dinner on top of an EV’s electric motor (or on top of our high-power EV chargers), we can help you charge your auto and light truck EV fleet. We have built hundreds of high-power chargers for a variety of customers, with failure rates well below industry averages. Find out how we can help you by contacting us at sales@rhombusenergy.com.

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