Your browser may block some cookies by default. By clicking, you agree to allow our advertising partners to place their cookies and serve you more relevant ads. Visit our privacy policy page to view our privacy policy or opt-out.
thor-trucks-main-1513884415654.jpg
Source: Instagram

Startup 'Thor Trucks' Hopes To Hit Electric Semi Market Before Tesla

By Brian Spaen

After Tesla’s long-awaited debut of their all-electric semi, it was expected that other companies would be serving up their own version of Class 8 trucks. Toyota has been busy testing out their hydrogen fuel-cell trucks. A brand new startup out of Los Angeles, Thor Trucks, has also announced their initial semi, the ET-One, and it could be out prior to Tesla’s launch.

The new offering sounds comparable with the lower-end Tesla Semi. It provides a range of 300 miles on each charge while carrying a full load of 80,000 pounds. It would take approximately 90 minutes to fully power the vehicle from depletion. Thor Trucks’ target market is short-haul distances, meaning one full charge per day would be enough to meet the average distances of 250 miles.

Advantages of using the ET-One over traditional diesel trucks is being 60 percent cheaper in maintenance costs and 70 percent cheaper in fuel cost per mile. The company is striving to bring down the heavy amount of exhaust that diesel trucks are responsible for, which is nearly one-fifth of all on-road vehicle emissions.