There is a new industrial EV startup on the block. It is referred to as Harbinger, and claims to have an EV platform for medium-duty vehicles that can erase the up-front value premium over present gasoline and diesel vehicles.
The platform incorporates an “eAxle” that mixes the motor, gearbox, and inverter in a single unit, a modular battery pack, and streamlined chassis structure, Harbinger mentioned in a press launch.
The liquid-cooled battery pack is scalable in 35-kilowatt-hour increments, and contains an 800-volt electrical structure that permits for “one-hour DC fast-charging functionality,” in response to Harbinger. The startup claims the powertrain is designed for a 20-year, 450,000-mile working lifespan.
Harbinger EV chassis
Harbinger mentioned it would pursue “provider agnostic” battery sourcing, whereas the pack has a solid/structural design that reminds us of Canoo’s platform—and Tesla, in fact. One other firm aiming to remodel the format for industrial EVs is REE, which additionally plans to promote a fundamental platform that may be fitted with completely different our bodies relying on buyer wants.
The chassis incorporates steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire techniques, in addition to unbiased entrance suspension that reduces the entrance overhang, bettering driver visibility and the car’s maneuverability, the startup claims. These parts additionally contribute to a reasonably low ground peak of 28 inches.
Harbinger EV chassis
Harbinger mentioned it plans to promote a chassis cab and stripped chassis, the latter designed for well-liked medium-duty truck physique types, equivalent to walk-in vans, field vehicles, and RVs.
The startup will present its EV platform on the upcoming 2022 Detroit Auto Present, adopted by preliminary deliveries to clients in 2023. Full-volume manufacturing is deliberate for 2024.
Timing is important, and the electrical industrial truck market is about to warmth up. It’s going to quickly be getting some motivation from Washington D.C., within the type of a credit score of as much as $40,000 as a part of the Inflation Discount Act (IRA). And 17 states are standing by a plan to electrify 30% of vehicles and buses by 2030.