Weight Distribution for Battery Electric Vehicles

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The TruckScience Axle Weight Calculator now caters for alternative fuels or energy sources, including Battery-Electric, Compressed Natural Gas or CNG, Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Liquified Natural Gas or LNG. This is in addition to the more traditional Diesel, Ethanol and Gasoline.

The Specific Gravity, or the density of the fuel, is used to calculate the weight of the fuel, so the weight of the chassis including fuel is calculated more accurately.

We have replaced the ‘Factory-fitted Fuel Tanks’ tab with a more general ‘Energy Source’ tab, to cater for Battery-Electric, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, CNG, LNG and Biodiesel powered vehicles.

Choose the appropriate fuel or power source in the Energy Source dropdown, then use the tabs below to specify battery capacity, or fuel tank capacity and contents, etc.

Note that the specific gravity and volume of fuel is used to calculate the weight of the contents of the fuel tanks, but not the weight of the tanks themselves, or batteries.

For battery electric vehicles, it is critical to include the weight of batteries when specifying the chassis weight.

AdBlue Tanks Specified

Now up to 2 AdBlue tanks can be specified on your truck, and it is possible to choose whether the AdBlue is included or excluded from the chassis weight.

This supports more accurate weight distribution calculations.

To review AdBlue tank capacity, specific gravity, etc., open the AdBlue tank tab under the Energy Source tab under the Vehicle menu.

Tips to assist with Regulatory Compliance

The program now alerts you to useful information related to the current vehicle and/or the chosen regulations.

This will help you to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements, but also take advantage of allowances in the regulations.

The program will automatically generate tips based on your vehicle selection, the configuration of the vehicle, e.g. the body type, and the regulations your configuration is being validated against, and pop these up as you make changes to the layout, or toggle regulations.

Import Larger Drawings

The restrictions on file size when importing dxf drawings have been relaxed, to allow larger files with more objects to be imported. Previously, files greater than 1MB in size were rejected by the program. Now the limit has increased to 3MB and 5000 objects.

This makes life easier when importing complex drawings, while still maintaining the responsiveness of the program when bodies and equipment are dragged and dropped on the drawing.

Import a drawing up to 3MD in size, having chosen the body or equipment category into which to import the drawing. Then save the drawing to your personal or team library, or choose the promote it to Distributor or Public library, so it can be reused by other users of TruckScience. The imported drawings are processed in real time and then discarded, so are not downloadable by other users of the program. And by default, imported drawings are saved to the user’s private Personal Library.

What Next?

We consider all of the feedback we receive from our users when deciding which features to add next.

We are currently working on adding multiple views in Weight Distribution reports. You can expect to see this enhancement by the end of the year.

If you have ideas for improving the program, please take a moment to share them with us, either via the Chat icon below right, or by emailing support@truckscience.com

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