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Interest in Electric Trucks and Tractors Rolls Big

| September 20, 2017

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Following a quarter heavily driven by automated manual transmissions, the third quarter of 2017 has been focused to electric power, according to reports from Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates.

Three different companies have recently made significant announcements in the electric vehicle industry:

Cummins Inc. stunned the trucking industry with the launch of its own new and fully electric, Class 7 daycab tractor, dubbed the Urban Hauler EV, a prototype model for demonstration purposes only. Cummins plans to start production of electric powertrains for transit buses in cities around the world in 2019, according to a conference call with Cummins executives and reported by Reuters.“Company executives said that more industrial and commercial uses will follow in the years to come, especially as the battery range for EVs increases,” said Rhein.

Chanje, a California-based commercial electric vehicle and energy solutions company, is poised to bring major advancements to medium duty vehicle fleets, providing commercial 100% electric vehicle transportation options at a previously unavailable scale and price.Chanje will introduce a commercial all-electric MD vehicle in the fourth quarter of 2017, available at mass scale in the US, according Tom Rhein, President of Rhein Associates. Rhein commented that, “The vans reportedly already have volume orders and have been designed from the ground up as a purpose-built, long-life EV truck.”

Motiv Power Systems announced that the City of Sacramento will receive shipment of its first all-electric automated left-side loader garbage truck around the first of the year. The fundamental technology powering the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) is the all-electric powertrain by Motiv.“The Class 8 vehicle will be built on a Crane Carrier chassis, and the body will be built by Loadmaster,” noted Rhein. The Sacramento ERV will be one of only two all-electric refuse trucks in operation within North America, both powered by Motiv; the other is in Chicago.

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