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Tesla to Face Challenges Taking Lead in Electric, Autonomous Trucks

Lots of players set to roll out their own electric and autonomous pickups, vans and heavy-duty trucks.

by on Sep.05, 2017

Tesla's not the only electric truck maker. Cummins unveiled its new urban electric concept aimed to take on Tesla.

While recent headlines have focused on the launch of the Tesla Model 3 sedan, the battery-carmaker has some bigger plans in the works – quite literally, as it gets ready to reveal its first heavy-duty truck later this month, with an electric pickup to follow.

Tesla also is working on ways to make its truck models autonomous, even fully driverless, which is expected to appeal to fleet and commercial users who want to cut costs.

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It could turn into another major market for Tesla, but as it moves beyond its current niche in the electric passenger car and SUV segments it also could face some tough new competition from an assortment of traditional truck and powertrain manufacturers, such as Daimler, Ford and Cummins, as well as new start-ups like Bollinger and Workhorse. (more…)

Tesla Isn’t the Only Company Planning to Build Green Trucks

Daimler, Ford, several start-ups looking at battery, hydrogen power.

by on Jun.19, 2017

The Nikola One heavy-duty rig will be able to travel up to 1,200 miles on a fill-up, meaning Tesla's got some tough competition.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t content with his two current battery-electric cars, and has plenty of new options in the works to follow the production launch of the downsized Model 3 set for next month.

In an April tweet, Musk revealed plans to unveil a battery-powered semi-truck in September while also confirming long-rumored plans to add an electric pickup truck to the Tesla line-up, as well. But Musk isn’t the only one who wants to go clean and green in the truck market. Several competitors are laying out plans to launch alternative power models of their own.

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That includes both Daimler AG, which could deliver a battery-electric model through any of its five different commercial truck brands, as well as a Salt Lake City-based start-up – which, ironically, has also tapped Musk hero Nikola Tesla for its own name. Nikola Motors has a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered heavy truck it hopes to have in production within the next couple years. (more…)