Everyone’s been keeping their attention focused on the upcoming Tesla Semi reveal this month and a different manufacturer has managed to snatch away the honor of unveiling the world’s first electric truck.
Cummins has managed to catch everyone off-guard with the surprise introduction of the “Aeos,” the company’s first zero-emissions truck, unwrapped at the technical center in Columbus, Indiana. The electric semi-truck has been developed to include a massive 140-kWh battery pack that has enough energy for a range of 100 miles between two charges, meaning it will be useful on short commutes, rather than long-haul. At the moment, just one hour is needed to completely recharge the battery, with the target of reaching just 20 minutes by the turn of the decade. If a trucker wants to go beyond the confines of the urban setting, more battery packs can be fitted and the Aeos will reach a range of up to 300 miles (483 kilometers) between two charges.
Cummins is well known for its diesel and natural gas engines, but the environmentally friendly Aeos is something new entirely – and has been designed for maximum efficiency. For example, there are solar roof panels to recharge the battery – though we suspect more energy will be harvested from the regenerative braking feature. It’s also a highly aerodynamic truck, with streamlined design, better sealed body and underbody – while the tractor day cab boasts a gross vehicle weight rating limit of 75,000 pounds (about 34,000 kilograms). According to reports, the target sales date is 2019 – production is not actually handled fully by Cummins, they supply the entire battery electronics system and a different manufacturer – still unknown – comes up with the battery cells.