Factbox: Manufacturers’ plans for electric big rig trucks

Courtesy of Reuters. By Nick Carey

(Reuters) – Since Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) 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. Here is a list of the planned vehicles:

– Volvo AB (VOLVb.ST) 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. The truck maker plans to sell a vehicle based on the same drivetrain technology in North America starting in 2020.

Under a deal with California, Volvo will deploy some all-battery Class 8 electric demonstration models in the state next year.- Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) has partnered with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy to sell 1,000 hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks with a range of around 400 kilometers (249 miles) starting in 2019.

Hyundai commercial vehicle director Mark Freymueller told Reuters Hyundai is looking at launching in the United States, China and parts of Europe where regulations restricting diesel trucks will take effect in the years ahead.

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