When it comes to the electrification of cars, it’s very difficult to leave Tesla out of the conversation. They are easily the most recognizable name in electric vehicles, but it looks like their competitors are gearing for war. Daimler Trucks has made some big moves recently, and their Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation has just announced E-Fuso, a new brand focused on electric trucks and buses. In addition to coming up with a pretty cool brand, they debuted their all-electric semi-truck concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Currently, the vehicle is known as the E-FUSO Vision One. It is a heavy-duty Class 8 truck with a range of 217 miles per charge. The concept weighs about 23 tons, and the company has reported that it can haul a load of up to 11 tons. The Vision One is still about two tons shy of what a diesel truck of the same class could haul, but it’s certainly a huge step in the right direction for electrification. If this truck can make it to market, the elimination of large diesel trucks would have incredible benefits for urban air quality on medium- and short-haul routes and corresponding benefits to public health and the environment. European regulators are pushing hard to eliminate diesel and gas vehicles in large cities, so electric trucks are a huge potential market in just a few years.
A current price has not been set for the vehicle and more information will likely be coming as the truck begins to get out of the concept stage of development.
As I mentioned previously, competition is imminent, and I think Daimler is really trying to prove something at this stage of the game. Last month, Elon Musk started a little back-and-forth with Daimler on Twitter when he criticized Daimler’s electric vehicle plans. Tesla is planning on unveiling their long-awaited semi truck design on Nov. 16, 2017. Once Tesla makes its big reveal, we will truly see who should be throwing insults on Twitter. Regardless of which company emerges victorious as market leader, buyers (and the planet) will benefit from breakneck competition.