Spoilt for Choice: User-Centric Choice of Battery Size and Chemistry for Battery-Electric Long-Haul Trucks

Jakob Schneider, Olaf Teichert, Maximilian Zähringer, Korbinian Götz, Markus Lienkamp

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With growing demands to save greenhouse gases, the rapid market introduction of battery-electrictrucks (BETs) will become increasingly important, with truck manufacturers announcing various models entering the market in the near future. Soon, truck operators will be faced with deciding which battery capacity and cell chemistry to choose in their next purchase. In this study, we evaluate the choice of battery capacity, regarding feasibility and cost-effectiveness, for trucks using NMC and LFP cell chemistry. Our results show that higher energy density allows larger NMC batteries to be installed, resulting in the ability to transport higher payloads at low charging powers. The LFP chemistry has to rely on higher charging powers of up to 700 (Formula presented.) to transport the same payloads. When asked to choose a battery capacity for the individual use case, the smallest battery size should always be selected when only charging powers up to 300 (Formula presented.) are available. However, the reduction in publicly charged energy can lead to cost advantages of larger battery capacities at higher charging powers. When deciding between the two cell chemistries, the LFP chemistry shows advantages in most cases. Only at high payloads and low charging powers the NMC chemistry shows cost advantages.

Original languageEnglish
Article number158
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • battery sizing
  • battery-electric trucks
  • cell chemistry
  • megawatt charging system


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