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Denis Sverdlov, a businessman and entrepreneur, aims to secure a foothold into the electric truck market ahead of Tesla’s announced implication by delivering to the market a family of electric trucks in 2017.

During a London technology conference the company’s CEO unveiled the first electric truck – and more importantly they have a hugely ambitious desire of delivering it to the first clients as early as 2017. That puts Charge ahead of Tesla – which aims to present its own semi-truck next year, but will not deliver it to the market earlier than 2018. Denis Sverdlov considered the current ranges of trucks “totally unacceptable,” so his goal is to also revolutionize the transport industry by lowering operating costs by at least 50 percent. The electrified truck will thus use composite materials to lower weight and increase efficiency. Range will be of up to 100 miles (161 kilometers), while longer journeys will be enabled through a range-extended version with gasoline engine able to refill the battery and provide a max range of up to 500 miles (804 km).

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Charge wants to present an entire range of trucks ranging in weight from 3.5 tons to 26 tons. In another Tesla parallel, the trucks will be receiving over-the-air updates in time to upgrade everything and improve functionality or fix problems without visiting the shop. The eco truck will also have driverless capabilities, with the company adding it’s engineering the family with future regulations concerning autonomous driving in mind. The Oxfordshire-based company is the official electric truck partner of Formula E and is also developing power electronics and motors for Roborace.