Cummins unveils electric semi truck before Tesla

Herbert Rhodes
August 31, 2017

As Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) fans await the company's semi-trailer truck announcement in September, Cummins (NYSE:CMI) has quietly unveiled an electric truck of its own.

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.

Dubbed the Urban Hauler Tractor, the concept is a fully electric class 7 truck with a maximum payload of 44,000 pounds.

The urban hauler tractor concept, dubbed AEOS, is created to carry 44,000 pounds (22 tons) of payload for 100 miles before needing to be recharged.

A regenerative braking system and the potential for solar panels on the trailer roof can send energy to the battery pack. This makes the truck suitable only for local deliveries.

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The concept truck is also built to be aerodynamic with no side mirrors, the concept uses cameras instead and a streamlined design with sealed truck body and underbody.

Meanwhile, Cummins demonstration featured a new approach for alternative fuels. Rumours of a 300-mile range - on pure battery power - already give it the edge over the Cummins, and other rumours suggest Tesla will unveil its new project within the next few weeks. It says advancements in the technology are constantly being made. Supposedly, Tesla's electric semi is meant to work as part of an autonomous fleet of electric trucks trailing one lead vehicle.

The battery will take about an hour to charge, according to Fortune, but Cummins hopes to cut that process down to just 20 minutes by 2020.

The company displayed its reportedly "super-efficient" diesel engines - the X12 and X15 - and also shared plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022. End-users will find the Cummins Near-Zero natural gas engines are an equivalent performance option to diesel and like the latest clean-diesel have little to no emissions for customers looking to minimize emissions footprint.

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