The introduction of Tesla Semi back in 2017 has kicked off an avalanche of electric trucks developed by other manufacturers and it’s time to revisit this topic on our channel.
These workhorses of the future possess massive battery packs, can recharge at astonishing rates and are much more agile on the road than their diesel counterparts, while having similar hauling capabilities. Let’s dive into their detailed technical specifications, release dates and estimated prices!
Some previous #AutomotiveTerritory videos you may want to check out:
Some of the newest SEMI trucks you have to learn about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfx4P-n1Kgg
Innovative vans that come with all-electric powertrains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT0KS1JaSrk
All of the models mentioned in this #AT_Trucks release:
Nicola Tre: nikolamotor.com/tre
The latest introductions in the lineup of the North American manufacturer are the Nikola Two and the European specced version Tre, will be offered with pure electric powertrains equipped with 500, 750 and 1 megawatt battery packs.
Nikola One: nikolamotor.com/one
Lets call this truck the original electric semi, since it was presented to the world prior to Tesla’s model and the likes. Unlike, its competitors though, its power source is the a 250 kWh battery recharged by a hydrogen fuel cell PPU.
Tesla Semi: tesla.com/semi
Yes, some companies do offer rather interesting electric truck concepts, but lets be honest, the Tesla Semi is still the most promising and closest to mass production model. Revealed in a prototype form back in 2017 it has since been spotted on the highways going through testing.
VERA – Volvo Electric Autonomous Truck: volvotrucks.com/en-en/about-us/automation/vera.html
In June 2019, the brand partnered with a Danish logistics company DFDS and announced plans to deploy VERA on its first assignment, transporting goods from the DFDS center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.
XOS Trucks ET-One: xostrucks.com/et-one/
Envisioned as a capable competitor to Tesla’s Semi, the ET-One was revealed by the California-based startup Thor Trucks in December 2017. In April 2019, the company rebranded as XOS Trucks, and it continues to test and improve this semi’s prototype in cooperation with USPS in the Los Angeles area.
Mercedes-Benz e-Actros Electric Truck: media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko.xhtml?oid=33451231&relId=60829&resultInfoTypeId=40626
Presented back in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz e-Actros Electric Truck was the first heavy-duty all-electric truck in the world that went into test operation in 2018. Today, Mercedes-Benz continues practical testing of the eActros trucks in real-world conditions, recently transferring the tenth unit from the “Innovation Fleet” program to the food logistics company Nagel-Group in Hamburg. After all ten trucks complete their 24-months testing, the company plans start series production of truck in 2021.
Freightliner E-Cascadia: daimler.com/sustainability/vehicles/climate-protection/ecascadia.html
The eCascadia is a heavy-duty all-electric semi-truck for local and regional cargo transportation. The vehicle is currently undergoing performance and convenience testing, and Daimler Trucks has already announced plans to convert its Portland plan for production electric trucks, launching the manufacturing of E-Cascadia sometime in 2021.
Volvo FL & FE Electric: volvogroup.com/en-en/news/2018/may/news-2912374.html /volvotrucks.com/en-en/news/press-releases/2018/apr/pressrelease-180412.html
Unlike many electric trucks that are still under development, the Volvo FL and FE Electric models have already been to delivered to customers, and their series production for the European market is scheduled to begin by the end of 2019.
Einride T/Pod: einride.tech/product/
In May 2019, the Swedish Einride launched first testing of their self-driving battery-electric T/Pod on Swedish public roads. Though the truck is capable of travelling at 53 mph, its first deliveries are carried out at only 3 mph, in accordance with the public road permit provided by the Swedish government that will last till mid-2020.
FCET Kenworth T680: www.kenworth.com/news/news-releases/2019/april/kenworth-toyota-pola/
Co-developed by Toyota and Kenworth, this hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric truck, abbreviated as FCET, is a logical continuation of the two hydrogen concepts, which Toyota unveiled in 2017 and 2018. The FCET truck is built on the basis of Kenworth T680 Class 8 with a Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.