Tundra trucks can be found all over the United States.
They’re the mainstay of the industry, and their popularity has soared with the advent of electric trucks.
The truck industry is a $3.4 trillion business, and the growth of electric trucking has been phenomenal, with sales up more than 40 percent in the past year alone.
But trucks are not all green.
According to truck manufacturer Tundrasmith, electric trucks can also cause structural damage, such as cracking or tearing.
“It’s a very dangerous business,” says Tundracsmith CEO Greg Waggoner.
“We’ve had a lot of fatalities.
We’ve had several fatalities in trucks.”
And, the safety record is not all good.
A 2014 study found that more than 30 percent of electric vehicle accidents involved a rear-end collision.
Tundra’s CEO explains that while electric vehicles are safer, they have their own safety risks.
“There’s a safety factor involved.
It’s not just an electric vehicle, it’s an electric truck,” Waggoni says.”
You’ve got the driver.
You’ve got a driver who’s not fully engaged.
You can get in a headlock with the driver, but it’s not always that easy to pull the driver out of it.”
There’s another thing that people have to take into account when it comes to safety.
That’s one of the biggest things that we’ve got to be careful of.””
In electric trucks, there are other systems that are connected to the battery.
That’s one of the biggest things that we’ve got to be careful of.”
Waggoni cautions, however, that the risk of an accident is not always as significant as the risk to drivers.
“The drivers don’t have the same level of safety.
The drivers don [have to] be in the same mindset.
And, when you’re driving on the highway, you have a driver in front of you who’s going to have a different level of experience than the driver in the front,” he says.
“When you’re behind a truck, it is the drivers’ responsibility to be aware of the road.
When they’re in front, it just becomes a lot more difficult.”
To minimize the risks of an electric accident, the Tundacraft crew recommends a good truck rack.
“We recommend a trailer, but we don’t recommend an SUV,” says Waggonta.
“You’ve just got to do what works for you.”
Wagonta explains that the Tungrasmith truck rack is made with materials that are very light, so it can be used as a truck bed, but also can be a great truck rack if you want to add a second trailer for extra space.
“One of the most important things that I look for is durability, because if it doesn’t hold up, we’re out of business,” he explains.
“So, if we’re not sure that it holds up, that means we’re doing it wrong.
If it doesn�t hold up for five years, we’ve done it wrong.”