Daimler Steals Tesla’s Thunder With Heavy-Duty Electric Truck
October 26, 2017 Elisabeth Behrmann, Bloomberg News
Daimler AG is jumping the gun on Tesla Inc. by showing off a battery-powered
heavy-duty truck weeks before the California electric-car maker’s own
planned unveiling, in a sign of the growing rivalry between the companies.
The E-Fuso Vision One prototype can carry 11 tons of cargo as far as 220
miles before recharging, the world’s largest maker of commercial vehicles
said Oct. 25 in a statement. The truck, which would be geared to shorter
intra-city trips, could go on sale within four years in Europe, Japan and
The truck is part of plans by Daimler’s Fuso brand to add electric and
hybrid options across its range of trucks and buses.
The announcement steals thunder from Tesla, which plans to show off a
concept truck on Nov. 16. CEO Elon Musk engaged in a Twitter tussle with
Daimler, a former Tesla shareholder, about electric-vehicle spending last
month. Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is also ramping up a line of battery-powered
luxury cars to challenge Tesla models.
The E-Fuso underlines the brand’s position as “the frontrunner in electric
trucking,” Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler said in the statement during the
Tokyo Motor Show. Fuso last month presented the eCanter, a short-range
light-duty hauler for urban deliveries.
Tesla’s Model S has been taking market share from Mercedes’s flagship
S-Class sedan, and plans by the California upstart to broaden its lineup
steps up competition between the former partners. Tesla, which has delayed
its truck’s unveiling to November from September while it works through
Model 3 production bottlenecks, has said its hauler will drive as far as 300
miles on a single charge. The company plans to add a pickup as well.
The E-Fuso’s load capacity will be 2 tons less than a comparable diesel
model to accommodate the weight of the 300-kilowatt battery packs, the
company said. The model “underlines our commitment to electrify our entire
product range,” Marc Llistosella, who heads Daimler’s Asia truck unit, said
in the statement.
Tesla, which dropped 0.8% to $334.64 at 9:45 a.m. in New York, is still up
about 57% this year. Daimler is down 2% over the same period in Frankfurt.
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kilometers that previews the upcoming top end option in the new brand’s
portfolio, with the company using Daimler experience in the areas of battery
and charging technology ...
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