Cummins unveils electric semi truck before Tesla

Aeos is an urban hauler with 100 miles of range.

As hype builds for Tesla's upcoming electric truck, others in the industry are getting down to business. Nikola Motor Co. unveiled its hydrogen-powered truck late last year, and recently showed off its futuristic interior design. Now Cummins has also chugged past Tesla in the race for clean freight transport, revealing its own all-electric semi, as well as new, efficient natural gas and diesel engines.

The Aeos is a fully electric, class 7 day-cab urban hauler. According to Forbes, the truck gets 100 miles of range from its 140-kWh battery pack, so it's suited more for city use rather than long-haul trucking. It can haul a 22-ton trailer, and is meant for urban delivery or for transferring cargo to, from, and around ports and terminals. For longer trips, Cummins includes the option of additional battery packs to triple the range, or equipping a range-extending engine generator.

While this electric truck is a concept, it's a working demonstration of a product Cummins plans to start producing in 2019.

At the unveiling in Columbus, Ind., Cummins also revealed its latest near-zero-emissions natural gas engines, as well as the X15 and lightweight X12 clean diesel engines. The company said it is embracing new technologies that allow its customers to contribute to a sustainable future.

"We will leverage our deep industry and customer knowledge and our scale advantage to win," said Cummins President and CEO Rich Freeland. "Over the past century, our ability to innovate and adapt has fueled our success, and we are confident we are on the right path to do it again."

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