Daimler unveiled a new all-electric semi-truck at Tokyo’s Motor Show last week, ahead of the much- touted and much-delayed electric big rig promised by Tesla.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks, unveiled the E-Fuso Vision, a semi-truck that go around 220 miles on a single charge and a heavy-duty towing capacity of around 11 tons, or just two tons less than its diesel equivalent, Tech Crunch reported.
The battery storage capacity of the truck is up to 300 kilowatt hours, and is suitable for for short-haul trips. While the truck is not suited for long haul trips, it offers flexibility for carrying large loads medium distances.
Tesla has promised its electric semi-truck and the eventual development of self-driving technology will revolutionize the way freight is delivered. But production snafus with another of the company’s vehicles has delayed the unveiling of the Tesla Semi for the second time in a few months.
Tesla Inc. now says all-electric semi-truck will debut in November. Tesla’s truck is also reported to have a range of between 200 and 300 miles.
In April, Musk had promised the car maker would reveal plans for a heavy commercial truck in September and produce a pickup truck within two years, per USA Today.
In August, Reuters reported that Tesla was developing an electric big-rig “day cab” with no sleeper berth. The company said the truck would be capable of traveling 200 to 300 miles with a typical payload without recharging, a sign that the company is targeting the regional hauling market.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus co. is the first vehicle maker of its kind to have a brand dedicated to EV buses and trucks. Heavy duty trucks are among the markets served by Hardy Brakes.
Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars.