BYD has announced the largest order for all-electric trucks outside of Asia to date, placed in the United States by Swedish freight technology company Einride.
In total, 200 The BYD 8TT Class 8 battery electric day cab trucks will be rolled out over the next twelve months starting in February.
All vehicles will be assembled in Lancaster, California, where BYD also produces electric buses. The majority of the trucks will be the third-generation version, which was unveiled in fall 2021.
According to the press release, the BYD 8TT will be equipped with a 563 kWh battery (LFP) and offer a range of up to 200 miles. Fast charging power peaks at 185kW (CCS1 connector).
This type of order is a big win for BYD, which has already sold more than 200 trucks in the United States and more than 10,000 worldwide (the vast majority in China).
Einride appeared several years ago as a developer of autonomous trucks (T-pod) – without a driver’s cab – which were demonstrated in 2019 and 2020. Since then, the company has evolved and now relies on other electric vehicles, focusing more on its “Technology platform” for fleets. Autonomous driving technology is still under development.
“Einride will use the vehicles to grow its global fleet of connected electric vehicles to serve its US customers in all key transportation regions. Saga, Einride’s technology platform that plays the critical role in ensuring efficiency and optimization of electric transport, will power the entire fleet of vehicles signed BYD.”
Niklas Reinedahl, Managing Director North America at Einride said:
“As we continue to expand our operations in the United States and deliver our end-to-end shipping solution at scale, it is imperative to have an OEM partner who can work with us to deliver the best electric vehicles in This fleet of vehicles, which will be delivered at industry-leading pace and volume, will enable us to efficiently provide our customers with competitive, emission-free, electric transportation.
Patrick Duan, senior vice president, BYD North America, said:
“This landmark order will allow customers to see up close Einride’s industry-transforming intelligent operating system and our safe and reliable zero-emission battery electric trucks. BYD Class 8 electric trucks feature a strong combination of advanced high technology and durability, giving customers the performance they want while setting a new benchmark for driver comfort and safety.
Einride is also expanding in Europe, where in December 2021 the company announced an order for 120 Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks (in production since October 2021).
The first eActros 300 and eActros 400 (with 3 or 4 battery packs respectively) should be delivered in mid-2022.
According to the press release, the single battery of the eActros is 112 kWh total and 97 kWh usable, which means 336 kWh (291 kWh net) and 448 kWh (388 kWh net) respectively. The effective range is approximately 400 km (250 miles) in the case of the eActros 400.