Jump aboard the eDumper, the world’s largest electric vehicle

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(CNN)While a single computer used to take up a whole room, now they comfortably fit inside your backpack to be easily carried around.

From computers to mobile phones, developments in modern technology mean everything has got smaller.But the “eDumper” is a very different type of beast — 110 tons heavy when fully loaded and powered by a 4.5-ton all-electric battery, this dump truck prototype is the largest electric vehicle (EV) in the world.

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    Stopping power

    Like all electric vehicles, the eDumper harnesses power from braking. Through a process called regenerative braking, the eDumper’s electric motor goes into reverse when the driver hits the brake pads, releasing electricity that can be stored and returned to the battery. And the heavier the load, the stronger the braking and the more electricity can be recovered. Even Lucas di Grassi — the 2017 Formula E championship winner — was surprised by the eDumper’s regenerative braking capacity.”We had 75 tons of rocks and we went out of here with 90%, went all the way to the top,” di Grassi told CNN Sport. “We arrived with 80% battery, loaded up and on our way back, we recovered 8% so we came back with 88% — that’s actually pretty cool.”

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonFormula E 2018/19 – The 2018/19 Formula E season proved to be a thriller, with the exciting new Gen2 cars boasting top speeds of 280km/h. Eight different drivers won the first eight races in a season that went down to the wire.Hide Caption 1 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonFrenchman Jean-Eric Vergne became the first double champion in the sport’s history, defending the title he won last season thanks to three race victories.Hide Caption 2 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonRobin Frijns won his second E-Prix of the season, storming to victory in the final race of 2018/19 in New York.Hide Caption 3 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonFormer world champion Sebastian Buemi claimed his first victory of 2018/19 at the first of a double-header in New York.Hide Caption 4 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonJean-Eric Vergne strengthened his grip on the title with his third victory of the season in Bern, extending his lead to 38 points at the top of the championship.Hide Caption 5 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonBerlin, race 10 – An ecstatic Lucas Di Grassi celebrated in style after dominating the Berlin E-Prix to close the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship.Hide Caption 6 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonFormula E finally got its first repeat winner of the season in race nine, as Jean-Eric Vergne led from pole to finish to secure his second victory of the season.Hide Caption 7 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonDutch driver Robin Frijns claimed victory in Paris on the day his country celebrated its national King’s Day. The Envision Virgin Racing man was the eighth different driver to win the eight races so far this season.Hide Caption 8 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonMitch Evans victory at the Rome ePrix was Jaguar’s first in motorsport since 1991. The Kiwi is the only driver to score points in the seven races so far this season.Hide Caption 9 of 15

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    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonHong Kong, race five – Edoardo Mortara backed up his third place in Mexico by claiming top spot in Hong Kong, Venturi’s first ever victory in Formula E. Sam Bird had initially crossed the line in first place but after a four-hour investigation, was demoted for smashing into the back of race leader Andre Lotterer.Hide Caption 11 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonMexico City, race four – Former world champion Lucas Di Grassi celebrates his victory at the Mexico ePrix, arguably the most thrilling race in the sport’s five seasons. Race leader Pascal Wehrlein’s battery died just meters from the line, allowing Di Grassi to swoop past on the inside and snatch victory.Hide Caption 12 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonSantiago, race three – On a sweltering afternoon in Santiago, Chile — the hottest ePrix in history — Sam Bird stormed to victory at the Parque O’Higgins Circuit. After finishing third overall last season, the Briton will have hopes of coming out on top this time around.Hide Caption 13 of 15

    Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E seasonMarrakesh, race two – Jerome d’Ambrosio followed up his podium finish in Saudi Arabia with victory in Marrakesh — his third in Formula E — to take an early lead at the top of the championship.Hide Caption 14 of 15

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    Standing out

    The eDumper’s tires are more than six feet high allowing them to cope with inclines of 13%, even in harsh weather, while to reach the vehicle’s cockpit, drivers have to negotiate nine stairs. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videosFor the 1.79m tall Di Grassi, it’s quite impressive. “It is huge — it’s amazing.”With the eDumper’s 600 KWh battery — the same as about seven Tesla Model S 75Ds — and the regenerative braking, the truck saves 50,000 tons of diesel each year and also reduces the CO2 footprint by 1.3 million kg every year.”This is pure magic,” de Grassi said. “That’s the real-world application of EV. Making it cheaper, more efficient and greener. So, you’re saving 50,000 tons of fuel per machine per year.”

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    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?The electric powered Airspeeder will participate in a competitive racing league. Hide Caption 3 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?It has been conceived and designed over two years by tech and space entrepreneur Matt Pearson.Hide Caption 4 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?”We’ve merged an F1 car with a racing drone and turned it into something completely new,” Pearson tells CNN’s Supercharged.Hide Caption 5 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?”It’s easier to build a hovering, flying car. What we wanted to do is race and when you want to race, you need an enormous amount of power very, very fast.”Hide Caption 6 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?Powered by lithium ion batteries, the Airspeeder will reach speeds of over 200kmph.Hide Caption 7 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?The wooden propellers, the removable 50-megawatt electric motors (equivalent to 80 wall sockets), and the aluminum frame are all designed by Alauda.Hide Caption 8 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?The vehicles will also have sensors to prevent collisions and airbags to protect pilots.Hide Caption 9 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?The new racing series is scheduled to start in 2020/21 and has chosen a circuit race format — like Formula One.Hide Caption 10 of 11

    Photos: Could the future of racing be in the air?The Airspeeder will feature at Goodwood Festival at the FoS Future Lab.Hide Caption 11 of 11

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    Looking ahead

    As the world move towards an electric future, the eDumper provides us with a glimpse of what the future may look like.

      And even though di Grassi races electric vehicles for a living, even he can’t help but be astounded by the truck’s sheer power and size.”I understand it has 10 times the battery capacity and three times the power, so it has the same power as three Formula E cars,” he said. “I just saw the motor, it’s huge, it’s super impressive.”

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