US engine maker Cummins, a name synonymous with diesel pulling power, has unveiled an all-electric truck in the shape of the Aeos prototype. The vehicle’s 145 kWh battery can transport a 22-ton trailer up to 100 miles, with recharging taking a mere 60 minutes. The power train will go into production in 2019 and Cummins reckons that it can get charging sessions down to some 20 minutes by the time the trucks are road-ready.
Clearly the company is catering to truck and bus manufacturers with customers who have short-range needs. But Cummins is looking to also offer a later iteration with a diesel range extender engine for longer-haul usage.
Luxury car maker Tesla is shortly expected to show off its electric truck with a range of between 200 and 300 miles. Reuters has reported that Tesla is also developing self-driving capability for big-rig trucks.
“A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy-duty, long-range truck that’s electric, but we are confident that this can be done,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at an annual meeting in June.
For that deeper dive:
Siemens is trialling its eHighway initiative using a 10km overhead contact line to supply power to electric trucks – brand-e
Electric trucks more important than cars for lowering emissions – Gas2