A new wider beam spread increases foreground illumination.  -  Photo: Truck-Lite

A new wider beam spread increases foreground illumination.

Photo: Truck-Lite

Truck-Lite’s new LED Projector Headlights feature an optimized design ideal for final-mile delivery, utility, construction, municipal and waste applications — all of which will likely be among the first segments to adopt electric vehicles.

A new beam pattern has a wider beam spread that maximizes light output and increases foreground illumination. This is especially important for vehicles operating in congested environments.

The growth of e-commerce has meant more final-mile vehicles operating in residential areas at all hours of the day. Understanding the unique visibility challenges faced by these delivery drivers, Truck-Lite focused on design enhancements to improve visibility and ultimately safety.

With final-mile delivery one of the first market segments expected to adopt electric vehicles, Truck-Lite engineers delivered product improvements without sacrificing amp draw, as additional parasitic load on a vehicle's battery reduces overall vehicle performance.

While LED Projector Headlights are offered in three sizes – 5"x7", 4"x6", and 7" round – these new headlamps are also designed to be modular. This is appealing to emerging electric vehicle OEMs who want to have their vehicles look custom and unique to their brand, according to Truck-Lite.

While several technology-driven changes have come to the industry since Truck-Lite was founded in 1955, the changes brought on by electric vehicles will be the largest experienced in a century, according to Truck-Lite.

Electrification was one factor prompting Truck-Lite to relocate its headquarters from Falconer, New York, to Erie, Pennsylvania, on the campus of Penn State Behrend. The new facility is expected to be fully operational this summer and features an innovation lab and opportunities to collaborate with the student talent pipeline and other transportation technology leaders in the area surrounding the university.