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10 Massive Trucks Powered by Electricity

<p>Tesla Inc.’s rollout of its all-electric Semi in mid-November 2017 was the easily the most celebrated electric truck unveiling ever, but it was hardly the first.</p><p>Large-scale electric trucks, although unusual, have existed for many years. They’ve served as mail delivery vehicles, garbage trucks, and, more recently, over-the-road freight-haulers. In all cases, they’ve slashed carbon emissions to zero while eliminating the baritone rumblings of the conventional 18-wheeler.</p><p>To be sure, many of the electric heavy-duty trucks on the market today haven’t advanced much beyond the prototype stage, but hopes are nevertheless high for them.</p><p>Following are some of the most notable trucks to be powered by batteries. From the 3.5-HP electric delivery vehicles of the early 1900s to the 1,000-HP models of today, here’s a peek at some of the auto industry’s most impressive electric production trucks and prototypes.  </p>
Start-ups and established vehicle manufacturers are building ell-electric heavy-duty trucks as never before.

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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.

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