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NewsTrucking

Xos gets first Class 8 electric truck deal from Hino

Contract returns startup to original mission after pivot to medium-duty

Startup Xos trucks originally pitched itself as a custom electric chassis maker for Class 8 trucks. After pivoting to medium-duty trucks, the company is back on mission with a contract from Japan’s Hino Trucks.

Xos, formerly Thor Trucks, will supply its X-Pack, a modular battery pack system, to the Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) subsidiary. The X-Pack is built from the cell-level up to operate as an intelligent standalone unit. 

After giving up its original name, Xos proceeded with deals to make electrified chassis for United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) and cash-hauling armored truck company Loomis US.

Surprising timing

The Hino contract timing was surprising. Xos CEO Dakota Semler said told FreightWaves in May that Class 8 work had “taken a back seat” to low-volume production of medium-duty trucks.

“We intend to take (Class 8 trucks) to production, and start selling those to customers,” Semler said. “We still have reservations. We still have customers that want the Class 8. And we’ll be delivering it.”

In a post on Medium, Jose Castaneda, Xos vice president of business development wrote: “When we launched Xos Trucks, our flagship prototype was the ET-One, a fully electric Class 8 truck for heavy-duty applications.”

Each Xos system has its own air cooling for safety, and lower weight and cost. Remote diagnostics give fleet operators real-time visibility into the performance of their Xos fleet.

“Our trucks have benefits that make them more efficient for long-haul applications than combustion engines,”  Castaneda said.

Global suppliers

Xos is not alone in supplying Hino. The company selected Australia’s SEA Electric and Germany’s Hexagon Purus to electrify other Class 4-8 trucks as part of Project Z. The centerpiece is the development of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck for North America with parent company Toyota.

The SEA Electric SEA-Drive® 120a paired with a Class 5 Hino M Series chassis is available today, Hino senior vice president of Customer Experience Glenn Ellis said in a press release.

“Our holistic approach to working with technology leaders like Toyota, Hexagon Purus and Xos will result in a sustainable, low-cost product line up that will meet the needs of our customers as our industry moves forward to zero-emission vehicles,” Ellis said.

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Hino, Toyota bringing Class 8 fuel cell truck to North America

Xos electric truck startup edging toward low-volume production

Xos Trucks raises $20 million for electric chassis

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Alan Adler

Alan Adler is a Detroit-based award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press and most recently as Detroit Bureau Chief for Trucks.com. He also spent two decades in domestic and international media relations and executive communications with General Motors.

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