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Cummins Beats Tesla, Reveals Electric Semi Truck

Cummins Beats Tesla, Reveals Electric Semi Truck

The electric truck is equipped with a 140kW battery pack which delivers a driving range of around 161km. However, it looks like Tesla won't be the first company to give us an electric truck after all. Tesla originally had plans to reveal its electric truck in September. Cummins' work in diesel innovation doesn't end there - the next heavy-duty engine for 2022 affirms the company's commitment to providing the most effective power solution for Class 8 linehaul trucks.

With the unveiling of the Urban Hauler EV, Cummins says it has introduced a state-of-the art battery pack offering, "redefining energy-efficiency and density capabilities for the EV market".

The urban hauler tractor concept, dubbed AEOS, is created to carry 44,000 pounds (22 tons) of payload for 100 miles before needing to be recharged. With the diesel engine option in tow, the truck will offer up to 300 miles of range.

The battery will take about an hour to charge, according to Fortune, but Cummins hopes to cut that process down to just 20 minutes by 2020. The fully operational prototype is only tipped to have 100 miles of range, however, so AEOS is definitely a city-oriented cargo solution.

Because Cummins makes powertrains and not whole vehicles, it's enlisted the help of Roush Industries to actually build and assemble the new lorries. Instead, Cummins will simply supply the electronics and battery system to unnamed truck-builders. For extended journeys, additional battery packs can be installed to enable the electric truck cover as much as 300 miles (483 kilometers) between two charges. Like most electric vehicles, the Cummins uses regenerative braking and rolling resistance - like the B-Mode in a Nissan Leaf or Volvo XC90 T8 - to eke out extra range.

That's one of the reasons why Tesla is already committed to entering the commercial vehicle space.

Moving from the diesel and natural gas engines Cummins is known for, the environmentally friendly Aeos has a few tricks up its sleeve to become even more efficient.

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