Daimler AG, parent company of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz, launched a new electric truck weeks ahead of Tesla’s electric semi. The new electric truck comes under the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck line, which is under Daimler Trucks.
At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG unveiled their first fully-electric truck called the E-FUSO Vision One. With the release, the German automaker is now racing ahead of Tesla’s highly anticipated electric semi, which CEO and founder Elon Musk had promised earlier this year.
“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range,” Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation —the company under which the electric truck was launched— and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said in a press release.
The E-FUSO Vision One is a heavy-duty hauler capable of carrying up to 11 tons of cargo, a little lighter than that concept truck they showed back in July 2016, for a maximum range of 350 kilometers (220 miles). Aside from this, not much detail has yet been released about the electric truck.
Meanwhile, Tesla’s electric semi launch has been delayed twice now. Originally set for a September launch, Musk had to move the date to October 26. It was delayed again to November 16, due to Model 3 production concerns. Competition between Tesla and Daimler has been stiff recently, as the veteran carmaker moves to get a stronger foothold in the growing EV market.
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