Thor Trucks aims to beat Tesla at the Electric truck game
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Electric vehicles are more popular than ever, and they are only going to grow now. Looking at the trend, it’s not surprising that we have companies move beyond cars and make electric versions of other vehicles. Tesla is one of the first companies to have a semi truck, though the shipping will take a couple of years. Thor Trucks is a new startup focussed on producing electric fleet trucks. They revealed their first truck, the ET-One, which ships in 2019, a little before Tesla’s does….
I need to point out that not all EV companies are doing well: LeSuper went bankrupt, Faraday Future has been struggling to meet commitments, Lucid hasn’t been able to gain popularity etc. The costs of setting up a network of Electric superchargers is too much for most companies to bear. Thankfully, companies have been trying to increase the range on a full charge, so that you don’t have to visit the charging station too often. We will have to wait and watch how Thor Trucks will deal with this omnipresent hurdle. Apart from that, this is a fairly young company with only 18 employees that started out of the CEO’s family warehouse…..
We wanted to show the world that you don’t have to be a big original equipment manufacturer, like Ford or GM, or a tech mogul with deep pockets to start making progress in this space. With no outside funding, we assembled a team of experienced, gutsy, and passionate engineers and went to work researching and designing the ET-One in-house.
Dakota Semler, CEO and Founder, Thor Trucks
Thor Trucks has one working model of the ET-One ready, all with that fancy logo on the front. The ET-One can give up to 100 miles from the base $1,50,000 model, and 300 miles off the higher-end $2,50,000 variant. The design looks futuristic from the front, with curved metal flowing into the grille. The batteries are sourced from LG Chem that produces an estimated 4,700 pound-feet of torque. There’s a 22″ touchscreen in the Dashboard. It can carry 80,000 pounds of load.
This all looks promising and EVs should always be encouraged. Though we need to see how they scale up, get ready to mass produce and actually hit the road.