Xos Trucks is a heavy-duty electric vehicle startup founded in 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Until recently, existing trucks had been electrified and also sold their own BEV delivery vans (known as step vans), but are now also revealing larger medium and heavy duty trucks, featured as semi tractors and as delivery trucks. .
The Semi is called the Xos HDXT, a Class 8 electric tractor, while the box version, available as a Class 6 or Class 7 medium-duty truck, is known as the MDXT. The Semi is rated to pull a payload of up to 56,000 pounds and has 798 horsepower, while the range is rated between 110 and 230 miles on a single charge depending on payload and other factors.
The manufacturer says you can charge the HDXT at 350 kW, so an hour and a half should be enough for a full charge, at least in theory. Propulsion is provided by the Allison e-axle of the new eGen dual motor series, both one 100D for the 4×2 model and two 100S axles for the 6×4 version.
The MDXT delivery variant is underpowered, rated at 350 horsepower, but offers more range, between 130 and 270 miles. The maximum payload is 20,000 pounds and the gross vehicle weight rating (basically its total weight including payload) is 33,000 pounds. Power ratings range from 401 to 469 horsepower and charging is carried out at a slower speed, 150 kW maximum, via the CCS connector.
Xos is a company that will mostly target fleet customers and is preparing its portfolio for a time when emission regulations will force companies to upgrade their fleets and use pure electric vans and trucks. According to the company’s CEO, Dakota Semler,
The next phase is to help fleets scale zero-emissions vehicles across their operations. We have started to pave the way for the future we dream of.
We are building the fleet of the future. New vehicle platforms go further, last longer and are cheaper for all types of fleets. We will continue to bring innovative fleet solutions to market in an effort to provide our customers with safer, more sustainable and more cost-effective products.
Now even though Xos has managed to show off its first medium and heavy electric trucks fairly quickly, ahead of most established players, they still have a challenge to build. And once the company did come up with its own offering, that segment would be much more competitive than it is today.
One of the unique features that Xos hopes will tilt the balance in its favor is what it calls the Xosphere. It is essentially a piece of software designed for vehicle fleet management, offering tools that tell managers what a vehicle is doing, what they have done, what the statistics are, and when it will require maintenance.
According to Giordano Sordoni, COO of Xos,
We designed Xosphere to be very intuitive. You don’t need to have a computer science background to access powerful insights into your fleet.
As it turns out, Xosphere has been successfully used by uniform and protective clothing manufacturer, UniFirst, from Wilmington, Massachusetts, which already operates the Xos electric van. According to Xos, it already has orders for several dozen of its newly launched trucks and expects demand to continue to rise; it also started taking orders for electric step vans last year.