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Cummins unveils fully electric semi-truck

Cummins unveils fully electric semi-truck”

The 18.000 pound vehicle is known as AEOS and it is created to have 100 miles of range.

Breitbart News reported in April that the "Tesla Semi" all-electric big-rig tractor, which expected to debut in September, would be the first existential threat to International Longshore and Warehouse Union members that make up to $1,200 a day by slowing down the loading and unloading of cargoes at the 27 West Coast ports that stretch from San Diego to Alaska. Dubbed the AEOS, it's only a concept for now that was developed in collaboration with Roush Industries, but Cummins is confident that production will start in 2019.

But nothing about Tesla's electric semi truck has been made official just yet.

But it only has a paltry 100-mile range. Now the company is taking a new step into the pure electric concept revealing an Urban Hauler Tractor.

The company is developing a high-efficiency spark-ignited technology that can deliver diesel-like performance and durability across a range of liquid fuels, "meeting the most stringent emissions requirements".

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Other innovations include a more aerodynamic body, cameras instead of side mirrors, and no grille. The truck could potentially also be fitted for solar panels on the trailer roof, said Cummins.

The conceptual truck will largely be used as an educational project for Cummins, which says advances in electric vehicles are occurring rapidly. Its reveal is said to be imminent, but Cummins, a company best known for producing diesel engines for trucks and pickups, has already beaten Tesla to it with the reveal of its own electric truck.

In a showing at its Columbus, Indiana, technical centre, Cummins displayed the latest in near-zero natural gas engine technology, super-efficient X12 and X15 diesel engines, and revealed plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.

By the time the Urban Hauler Tractor is ready for production, the company said, it believes its battery pack could be charged in just 20 minutes; today's fast-charging stations would take an hour.



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