Electric and hybrid-electric vehicles have been around for a number of years now, but their appeal is finally beginning to catch on among the masses. As prices become more comparable to traditional fuel-powered cars, and more EV charging stations pop up around the nation, there are fewer roadblocks to purchasing an electric car.

And now that these EVs are becoming more mainstream, heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks are following the trend. With Tesla preparing to launch a fully electric Tesla semi model, it’s clear this movement is going nowhere but forward.

There aren’t many details about the electric trucks themselves as far as design, travel range, or reparability. But since Tesla already has so much R&D testing under their belt thanks to the adoption and success of their luxury cars, it’s a safe bet that the electric trucks will have the same attention to detail and achieve similar success.

EVs aren’t the only development in the automotive sector, as autonomous vehicles edge closer to public release. Numerous automakers and tech companies are already working toward a self-driving future, with well-known automotive suppliers such as Delphi Automotive now focusing efforts on next-generation vehicles. In fact, the company decided to split off into two distinct entities – one focused on traditional combustion engines, and one focused on electric and self-driving technologies. Investors clearly supported this move, with shares rising as much as 12 percent following the announcement.

The public is interested in vehicles that can safely get them where they need to go with limited involvement on their part. The result will be similar to the experience of taking mass transportation, but in a more private setting to work done or catch up on sleep on the go. And as more vehicles go electric, the environmental benefits of mass transportation will also be translated to this segment.

As a heavy gauge stamping provider, our services are often applied to truck, trailer, and automotive manufacturing. We’re excited to see how our customers will be incorporating new technological advancements into their own manufacturing efforts.