Are electric trucks a step closer to becoming the common place vehicle of our roads?
Well innovative automotive technology company Charge think so and have announced plans to release a range of brand new electric trucks for 2017.
Charge are planning to develop trucks in a range of sizes from 3.5 tonnes to 26 tonnes. They also state that all of their vehicles will be built from ultra-lightweight material and that, together with their own custom built hardware, will reduced the production cost by 50% meaning the vehicles can be sold at the similar price as more conventional HGV’s.
Proposed features will include ‘over the air’ system updates similar to those found on smart phones and a simple design making assembly efficient with Charge stating it will take one person only 4 hours to build an entire truck.
Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Charge, revealed his latest model in a range of electric vehicles live on stage at a London technology conference last week, and is reported to say “We find trucks today totally unacceptable. At Charge we are making trucks the way they should be – affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe. We are removing all the barriers to entry for electric vehicles by pricing them in line with conventional trucks, giving every fleet manager, tradesman or company, no matter how big or small, the opportunity to change the way they transport goods and make our towns and cities better places to live in.”