Cummins revealed from its historic technical center in Columbus, Indiana, a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor as a step in its earlier announced electrification movement.
The vehicle is equipped with a 140 kWh battery for 100 miles (160 km) of electric range, but up to 300 miles is possible with additional battery packs. Tesla’s upcoming semi is also believed to have range of 200 to 300 miles. It’s reveal is set for late September, which means Cummins is ahead in the electric semi race.
Optionally, a range extender (Cummins B4.5 or B6.7 engines) will be made available for even longer ranges.
I would note that Cummins does not make trucks, only diesel engines for trucks. The truck was made for it using a Cummins’ designed drivetrain. 100 miles is not useful for anything beyond intracity deliveries, but that is certainly a niche area that would save money and reduce pollution.
They have upstaged Tesla’s planned reveal of the electric semi on September 6, but then rumor has it the Tesla models will have 2-3 times the range, making it useful for intrastate transport.