18 September, 2017
Cummins beats Telsa with fully electric semi-truck
Tesla is expected to unveil its electric semi-truck next month, but Cummins just beat them to the game with its own fully-electric heavy-duty truck. Cummins is known for its hardworking diesel engines, but now the company is looking to the future with the debut of the electric Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV.
The Cummins electric truck, known as AEOS, is powered by a new battery pack that is lighter and denser, giving the truck a longer driving range and faster charging times. The truck can carry up to 44,000 pounds and its 140 kWh battery pack only takes an hour to charge on a 140kWh charging station. The AEOS only has a 100 mile-range, which means that it's more ideal for shorter trips in urban environments. Tesla's semi is expected to have a driving range of around 200-300 miles.
Cummins hopes to cut the charging time down to 20 minutes by 2020. For drivers that need a longer driving range, the company is working on an extended-range model that will use a diesel engine to act as a generator for the battery pack. The extended-range model will have a much more usable driving range up to 300 miles and will cut emissions by 50 percent compared to diesel-hybrid trucks.
Source: Friday Offcuts