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2017 Charge EV trucks revealed with self-driving tech

2017 Charge EV trucks revealed with self-driving tech image

Nica Onate / Charge | November 08, 2016 07:01

Upcoming EV Charge trucks to have extendable range up to 800 km

Trucks could soon deliver cargo to their destinations by themselves and without using fossil fuel. Specialty company Charge recently unveiled the future of electric trucks during the London technology conference, showing the brand's latest model in a range of electric vehicles being developed for sale in 2017.

“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,” Denis Sverdlov, Charge, CEO.

The company said that the vehicles are built via revolutionary ultra-lightweight composite materials which helps in reducing the truck's weight. Apart from this, if it's combined with Charge's custom built hardware such as power electronics and motors, they'd be able to reduce operating costs by more than 50-percent.

The 2017 Charge EV Truck

All Charge vehicles receive online updates similar to a smart phone. It is also autonomous ready, built for future driverless regulations by simply pushing a button. The Charge trucks also produce zero emissions for the first 160 km. For longer journeys, on the other hand, a dual mode can be used to ‘top up’ the battery as well as extend the range to more than 800 km.

The simplicity of the design can be seen through its assembly, with only one person and four hours needed to build an entire Charge truck. As Charge scales operations globally, this will allow them to serve the huge demand. The first of several new factories that will open in 2017 will be located near the company's headquarter in Oxfordshire.