BYD Receives US' Largest Electric Truck Order From Einride

BYD announced so far the largest order for all-electric trucks outside of Asia, placed in the US by a Swedish freight technology company Einride.

In total, 200 Class 8 BYD 8TT battery-electric day cab trucks to be deployed over the course of the coming twelve months starting in February.

All of the vehicles will be assembled in Lancaster, California, where BYD produces also 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 185 kW (CCS1 connector).

This type of order is a big win for BYD, which already sold over 200 trucks in the US and more than 10,000 globally (the vast majority in China).

Einride emerged several years ago as a developer of autonomous trucks (T-pod) – without the driver’s cab – which were demonstrated in 2019 and 2020. Since then, the company evolved and now is relying on other electric vehicles, focusing more on its “technology platform” for fleets. The autonomous driving tech is still under development.

“Einride will utilize the vehicles to grow their global fleet of connected electric vehicles to serve their U.S. customers throughout key transport regions. Saga, Einride’s technology platform that plays the critical role in ensuring electric shipping is efficient and optimized, will power the full fleet of signed BYD vehicles.”

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