Triton-EV makes fully electric 18-wheeler semi truck

Combination of fuel cells and batteries gives tractor 220,000-pound towing capacity


TritonTriton-EV has made a 100 per cent ‘electric-powered, full-service’ 18-wheeler semi-truck. A hybrid of hydrogen fuels that produce energy stored in on-board batteries, the truck has a 220,000-pound towing capacity— on par with any comparable diesel truck on the road.

Triton-EV is Triton Solar’s new subsidiary and a leading player in solar panel and battery engineering. The company said it was able to produce the prototype in just over one month.

This is said to be a remarkable achievement considering the typical years-long development cycle for computing vehicles in the industry.

Expressing happpiness over the development, Himanshu Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Triton-EV, said, “Everyone was saying, ‘No, it can’t be done. It will take five years and a hundred million dollars.’ We thought, no, we can do it right now. We have the people and the components. The whole effort took 35 days. That’s the kind of team we have.”

Self-funded effort

The whole effort was self-funded. The truck makes use of a hydrogen fuel cell generator to put electricity back into the battery. The motor runs off the battery, which gives the needed torque for a truck of this size.

The semi-truck is estimated to have a range of around 300 miles. The company has not yet fixed a price for the truck, but anticipates it will sell within the existing price range in the industry, which is between $150,00 and $250,000.

At present, TritonEV is exploring partnership options and will also be launching The Triton model H SUV in the months to come.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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