Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins beat Tesla to the punch by unveiling its own electric truck at a recent event at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana.
The new truck, called AEOS, is “a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor.” It’s still just a concept, but Cummins has a prototype, built by Roush.
The 18,000-lb truck has a maximum payload capacity of 44,000 lbs, and a range of 100 miles, enabled by a surprisingly small 140 kWh battery pack. “The lighter, denser battery design allows it to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing down time,” says Cummins.
Cummins says that the AEOS can be fully charged in an hour, and it will be available with an optional diesel range extender to add 200 miles of range.
“As a global power leader for the commercial and industrial customers we serve, with an unmatched service and support network, we are better positioned than any other company to win in new and emerging technologies and in new markets,” said Cummins CEO Rich Freeland. “We will leverage our deep industry and customer knowledge and our scale advantage to win.”