Brit Firm Aims To Beat Tesla To Autonomous Electric Truck — Time To Charge Up?

Charge has unveiled a modular electric truck that will hit the streets next year.

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British automotive technology firm Charge has unveiled a range of modular electric trucks that can drive themselves.

Charge CEO Denis Sverdlov unwrapped the electric trucks at a technology conference in London during which he announced an ambitious plan to have it on sale as early as next year.

Speaking about his new trucks Sverldov said, "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."

If Sverdlov's plans come off without a hitch, Charge's lineup of modular, lightweight electric trucks will arrive on the streets a year ahead of American electric automaker's electric trucks.

The Charge range of trucks will allow for zero-emission transport for the first 161 kilometers of the journey, after which a range extender in the form of a petrol engine will start topping up the battery pack and help the trucks travel for a total of 805 kilometers before the need for a top-up.

The eco-friendly trucks will be able to drive on its own, with Charge saying the trucks are being engineered to meet future regulations concerning autonomous driving.

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Story first published: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 14:33 [IST]
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