Xos showcases two new electric vehicles as diesel fleets move closer to electrification

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Xos, an electric vehicle company that specializes in commercial trucks, unveiled two new vehicles tonight as it aims to become the leading supplier and “operating system” for battery-powered fleets.

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In addition to the existing battery-electric Stepvan and transmissionXos expanded its offering on Tuesday with a new heavy duty tractor dubbed HDXT and a medium duty truck MDXT.

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Xos made the HDXT for regional fleets, saying it can go up to 230 miles on a single charge. (For numbers buffs, Xos said the HDXT also has 36,583 lbf-ft ​​of torque, which is the most “currently offered commercial vehicle on the market today.”)

As for the smaller MDXT, which can take the form of a box truck, refrigerated truck or flatbed, it can go up to 270 miles on a single charge on the Xos. Though those ranges are well below the promised 500-mile range for the long-delayed Tesla. Semithey still offer enough juice to cover most catches.

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Either way, the Xos may never grab the attention of the consumer-oriented Tesla and Rivian of the world, but the goal of the Los Angeles-based company is to squeeze some of the polluting vehicles on the roads today are perhaps just as sexy.

Imagine a typical tractor-trailer: if I close my eyes, I can see one of them humming next to the Vons grocery store, chock-full of what looks like Pepsi crates, with such a strong exhaust that I can taste it with roadsides.

As important as they are, commercial trucks like these are dangerous for the environment. In the US alone, they are responsible for more than “420 million tons of climate pollution every year – more than the entire country of Australia,” according to a 2021 report. Environmental Defense Fund. The resulting air pollution disproportionately burdens communities of color.

Those harmful effects prompted Dakota Semler to co-found Xos about 13 years ago, the CEO said in a phone call with TechCrunch. “With every truck we put on the road, we’re doing something positive,” Semler said, adding: make the air we live in cleaner to breathe.

In addition to the new vehicles, Xos announced a software platform called Xosphere, which the company says was designed to reduce the cost of running an electric fleet. “Now we can do payment planning, payment management and vehicle charging, all from the same platform where you do ticketing, telematics and driver monitoring, safety monitoring and driver information,” said Semler.

There are now “several dozen” Xos vehicles on the road, TechCrunch said. 56 of which were delivered in the first quarter of 2022. Meanwhile, some big names in the trucking space are shifting gears and investing in electric vehicles. This includes Daimlerwhose first heavy-duty electric trucks are about to go into production. this yearand Volvo Trucks, which announced second iteration of its electrified large drilling rigs earlier this year.


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