While Tesla’s upcoming Semi truck often makes the news, other automakers are making advances on their electric trucks. One of such automakers is BYD (Build Your Dreams) and It has unveiled a pair of battery-powered at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, California.
The two models are the Gen 3 8TT and 6F. They were both styled by Josef Egger, who used to work at Audi.
While being electric, the two trucks pack lots of advanced technologies. There is an electronic braking system, keyless entry, and push and start capability. The cabs are designed to be efficient aerodynamically.
BYD’s trucks are capable of 185 kW CCS1 charging to replenish the battery quickly. The two trucks offer extended range versions that can reach up to 200 miles on a single charge.
The Gen 3 8TT has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 105,000 pounds and produces 483 hp and 2,400 Nm of torque from its electric motor, with a battery capacity of 422 kWh. The Extended Range version has a 563 kWh capacity.
The 6F has a GVWR of 26,000 pounds and produces 335 hp and 1800 Nm of torque, paired with a 281 kWh battery. The Extended Range version sports a 343 kWh battery.
Both models use lithium iron phosphate batteries.
According to BYD, the two trucks are versatile and can perform drayage, regional haul, and distribution work. They can also be configured for refuse collection.
“We listen to our customers and their drivers to ensure we provide the features and performance they need to get a job done,” said Stella Li, President of BYD North America. “With our next-generation 6F and 8TT, we’re making history by setting a new standard for driver comfort and safety in an electric vehicle.”
More than 8,000 electric trucks made by BYD have been deployed globally, with about 200 in the US. BYD also makes buses.