Los Angeles-based automotive producer Harbinger has unveiled a brand new platform for Class 4 to Class 7 EVs. The corporate’s preliminary product line will embrace electrical stripped chassis and cab chassis constructed to help the most well-liked medium-duty physique varieties, together with walk-in vans, RVs and field vehicles.
“Medium-duty automobiles function the spine of the business transportation business, however fleet clients immediately face acute shortages of gas- and diesel-powered automobiles, and any significant provide of production-ready EV choices continues to be years out,” stated CEO John Harris. “We’re fixing this downside head-on.”
Harris says present EV options within the medium-duty house supply solely incremental enhancements, largely by retrofitting ICE merchandise. “This business is acting on decades-old know-how that makes its every day rigors practically insufferable for drivers and concentrates emissions of dangerous pollution in extremely populated residential and enterprise areas. Applied sciences developed for the passenger or heavy-duty automobile industries merely can’t be repurposed for the medium-duty section.”
“Higher know-how typically comes with outrageous worth tags, and we’re seeing immediately’s medium-duty EVs performing for half the lifetime of immediately’s ICE automobiles at triple the price,” provides Harris. “Our know-how was developed from scratch as a way to management top-level chassis value.”
Harbinger’s EV options characteristic a proprietary eAxle that mixes the motor, inverter, and gearbox into an built-in unit, in addition to an 800-volt liquid-cooled battery system, with capability scalable in 35 kWh increments. The pack is engineered for “a supplier-agnostic sourcing technique.”
The chassis structure contains steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire know-how, which is designed to enhance the driving force expertise and make the automobiles autonomous-ready. Harbinger says its chassis is designed for an working lifetime of 20 years or 450,000-miles, and that there’s “zero worth acquisition premium over immediately’s equal gas- and diesel-powered automobiles.”
Harbinger expects to place the primary automobiles in clients’ fingers in late 2023, and to launch quantity manufacturing in 2024.
Supply: Harbinger Motors