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November 16, 2017

Electric trucks still have long haul ahead of them

  • Heavy-duty trucks like electric semis have a long way to go before they can be competitive with diesels.
    AP Auto Writer

    DETROIT — Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won't replace diesel-powered trucks in big numbers until they overcome costs and other limitations.

    Tesla Inc. plans to unveil a semitractor-trailer this week, its first foray into trucking after more than a decade of making cars and SUVs. German automaker Daimler AG showed off its own electric semi last month and says it could be on sale in a few years. Truck rental company Ryder just added 125 all-electric vans made by California startup Chanje to its fleet.

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