[S3E20] What To Expect When You're Expanding
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First of all, I'll say that the acceptance of it, the vehicle itself, you get your butt in the seat, you drive the vehicle, it's overwhelmingly positive. The driving experience, the build quality, our integrated power training go on and on. Then when it comes to the actual production numbers, I can give you what we have announced. We don't really talk about our production numbers for competitive reasons. I hope you can understand that, but they're actually out there, of course, running in the field. We have demos that are running across the nation, also in Canada as well. So we've covered it with a slew of demos that we have out there, and then we have, of course, units that are publicly announced that are running in New York, that are running in New York City, by the way, with the department of sanitation, and then we also have it with Republic there in Hickory, North Carolina.
Yeah, the EV side is not immune to what's happening out there in the supply chain. So obviously we have strong a relationship with our supply chain partners and we work closely with them, and not just reactively, but proactively to get ahead of the eight ball when crisis' do come, or before they actually come, and the problems still exist out there.
So there's some sales training to be had as well, and then I also made reference to the charging and infrastructure. So when this truck comes in for service, the dealerships obviously need to be able to charge it, and that hardware of that charging system, and obviously any investments that needs to be made, on the utility side also needs to be made. Then finally there is obviously some facility accommodations to be made, and what I'm talking about here is actually having a service bay for EV, having a battery area just in case we need to confine a battery, having a crane in part in place, because these batteries are not lightweight batteries, they are not double A's.
So when you're talking to customers, have you ran across yet where a customer really wants to do it, and then you start breaking the numbers down, and the route and how much you need to haul, and you got to say, no, nevermind this isn't a good deal for you, or is it always worked out, or what have you seen there
Now, some customers do not want to change their operation. They want to push through the route and just do it in the eight, nine hours that they're working in that day, and if it's a very long route, this truck may or may not be able to accomplish that route. So that's why we have that proprietary software that I mentioned, that makes sure that we are simulating that route. We understand what the needs are. We understand what the vehicle does. Is it a match or is it not And when it's not, there's options that come into play, and that major option is opportunity charging that can come into being to make this vehicle, of course, extend itself in its capabilities, in its range, in that route.
So one of the added complexities you have is you're putting a body on it and those aren't bodies that Mack makes. So what's that been like working Can anybody get any body they want, or is there certain brands, certain manufacturers you had to work with on the body side
So is there different battery options available now for different ranges or is it just, \"Hey, this is the one model we have today, in terms of how far they can go.\" And what kind of life expectancy can people expect to get out of these I know you just talked about people hold these trucks around for a long time. I think everyone's concern is, \"Oh, these batteries are going to be junk in five years and I got to replace them,\" but I don't think that's the case.
So there's various considerations of course on that, it depends, and those criteria make up to when we feel the battery is reaching a point of time that we need to do something about it. And I'm going to give you those figures soon, but I also want to state first that what we consider a battery that needs to be treated is not a battery that's dead. It's a battery that is at 80% of its state of health. So when you first buy it, it's at a hundred percent and just like your iPhone battery, it doesn't hold a charge the whole day, the battery cells that are in there tend to die out, and when it reaches an 80% ability of the battery, this is when the flag gets raised for us to do something about this, and you don't just swap out batteries.
It would not be going into a vehicle. It would be going into, let's say a solar farm in a field, for instance. So there's other applications to use for the batteries where they're no longer refurbishable, and let's say they're at 80%, 85% still capable. You don't just take them and then throw them out at that point in time. And then when they live their life in there, whatever repurposed application, we would then recycle the battery and the amount of minerals, which by the way, a lot of good minerals in those batteries, expensive minerals, are recyclable to the tune of 90% or greater.
So diesel I'm used to these B50 lives, or number of hours, or number of miles, is there a metric that people need to talk about when they talk about battery life Is it like recharge cycles, or hours of usage, or what's the best measuring stick
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Damon, Stefan and Elena discuss what to do about Alaric. Damon suggests putting him down. Jeremy overhears this and vehemently veto's the idea. He walks out and Elena follows. She tells him they will find another way. Esther appears. Elena is alarmed and tells Jeremy to go get help, which he leaves to do. Esther tells Elena that Alaric needs her assistance and she will give it whether she wants to or not. Elena follows her out. Damon and Stefan hurry outside and see that Esther has cast a spell to contain them at the school. Bonnie and Jamie are in a classroom making out when they're interrupted by Damon who tells them what's happening.
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