Tesla Receiving Competition for All-Electric Big Rig
October 22, 2018— Since Tesla announced late last year that it planned to come to market by 2019 with an all-electric Class 8 big rig truck called the Semi, other companies have unveiled their own plans to do the same, reported Reuters.
Here is a list of the planned vehicles: Volvo will begin production of its first fully-electric commercial truck this year, and it is expected to be sold next year for short-haul operations in Europe. Under a deal with California, Volvo will deploy some all-battery Class 8 electric demonstration models in the state next year.
Hyundai commercial vehicle director Mark Freymueller told Reuters Hyundai is looking at launching in the U.S., China and parts of Europe where regulations restricting diesel trucks will take effect in the years ahead, according to the report.
Other companies working on the vehicle technology include Daimler, Toyota, Nikola and Volkswagen.