THIS ALL-ELECTRIC CUMMINS AEON BEATS TESLA!Date: 2017-09-03
While the world waits for a Tesla long-haul truck, Cummins has swooped in with the Class 7 Urban Hauler EV concept demonstrator.
The all-electric Urban Hauler, which also paves the way for range-extender hybrid long-haul vehicles, hints at a cleaner, greener future.
The new Class 7 Urban Hauler EV, also known as the Aeos, features a usual diesel engine for a 140-kWh battery pack and electric motors. That means peak range is about 160 km and gross vehicle weight is capped around 34,020 kg. The Aeos features extra battery packs that could extend the peak range to around 483 km.
The base battery and electric motors weigh about the same as the engine, gearbox, emissions treatment system and fuel tank in a conventional tractor. The company hasn't released any details about how much the battery packs weigh, but logic would suggest adding extra cells to boost the range will also add some serious weight.
The Aeos truck has regenerative braking, and the trailer roof can house solar panels for a bit more range on a sunny day. Cummins unveiled two new diesel engines, dubbed X15 and X12, alongside the Aeos that promise better airflow management and more precise fuel delivery for better long-haul efficiency. Both engines use a fully-integrated after treatment system for cheaper maintenance.
Cummins wants to have an electric powertrain in production by 2019, including battery electric and plug-in hybrids, and plans to produce the electric internals while outsourcing vehicle bodywork! Have a look at the gallery to see the new Class 7 Urban Hauler EV.