The Tesla Semi has an ever-growing list of competitors as established manufacturers start to realise that electrification is looking to be the next step into the future of logistics. But out of no where, california-based Neuron EV has revealed an all-electric truck concept that looks to be aiming straight for Elon Musk’s truck.
It’s called the Torq, and is currently only a concept while the company works towards establishing funding on top of their existing Chinese backers. Only one has been built, and already you can spot several similarities between it and Elon Musk’s portfolio of cars. It has the vehicle-wide daytime running light from the cybertruck at the front and its aerodynamic shape isn’t too distinguishable from the Semi with a narrow cockpit but wide wheel arches.
Again, like the Semi, it has a central driving position with information screens either side of the steering wheel with the rest of the interior being very simplistic. The rear sleeping area has plenty of room for the driver to relax, a comfortable bed, plus a large cinematic screen with surround sound for when off the road. There’s also plenty of storage space for a long haul, and internet connectivity which will more than likely also carry OTA updates.
The screens in the cabin and multiple cameras on the exterior the vehicle allows the driver to have a 360-degree view of the surroundings to not only make it easier to place on the road, but also to aid in safety. According to Neuron EV, the cabin “is built with compatibility for future autonomous operation.” How? Well they’re being a bit quiet on that front. This vehicle is built upon a scalable chassis with components being easy to replace and swap out for different uses, for example, adding more cargo space or different functionality, so this could be what they mean by future-proof.
They’re also being quiet about the actual performance of the vehicle. No figures have been revealed, but Neuron EV insists that it’s energy efficient and will be able to manage a long drive on just one charge.
It seems as though the company is a long way away from being at Tesla’s stage of development, with several Tesla Semis already being seen on the road. We are however looking forward to the addition of more competitors and will be following Neuron EV closely.