Cummins beats Tesla to self driving semis

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) revealed its design and plan for electric trucks and coming in first before Tesla had a chance. Tesla originally had plans to reveal its electric truck in September.

On Tuesday, Cummins revealed its Urban Hauler Tractor that demonstrated its pure electric and environment friendly features.

The Class 7 semi has the capability to carry up to maximum of 44,000 pounds of payload, and its 140-kWh battery pack only takes an hour to charge at a 140-kWh charging station. The battery’s design allows it to hold longer charges as well as cutting down charging time. So far, the fully charged prototype semis are only expected to go a maximum range of 100 miles.

Unlike Cummins short range, Tesla’s plan for the electric truck is projected to drive a range of 200 to 300 miles on a full charge.

By 2020, Cummins said that the company is working towards cutting the charging time down to 20 minutes as opposed to the current one hour charging time.

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