As companies like Ford know, eliminating semi truck miles from the supply chain has a noticeable greening effect. But what if those trucks were electric powered with a diesel range extender and solar panels built in? Oh, and what if they were much larger than current trucks and able to carry 65 tons worth of stuff? Why, if you had all that - along with regenerative brakes and an aerodynamic design - then you'd have Kenyan designer Kioko Muthui's Highly Sophisticated Transporter (HST).
Designed as a "vision for future long-distance road haulage" (see, not all dreams are dead), the HST "would feature extraordinary fuel efficiency, a significantly improved driving experience, a higher level of active and passive safety, and enhanced environmental and infrastructural considerations." As a thought experiment, it's quite cool. Plus, the renderings show the HST to be a Daimler product. Cool.
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UPDATE: We got an email from Muthui that informed us that the images we used were out of date. Muthui wrote:
The images in your gallery, as well as the link to a PDF file, are related to an older concept, and not of the 65-tonne version described in your post. The new version is a more developed undertaking and would be of greater interest to your readers. The following link will provide you with the relevant images and overview. Additionally, the HST is a personal project and is not endorsed by Daimler AG.