July 30, 2021 1:45 PM, EDT

Hyliion to Make Hypertruck ERX Variant Its First to Market

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Electrified powertrain provider Hyliion Holdings Corp. announced that a long-range variant of its Hypertruck ERX system will be the first version of the technology it brings to market.

The enhanced option, which will offer 75 miles of all-electric range, will enable Hypertruck ERX-equipped production trucks to qualify for zero-emission vehicle credits by meeting California’s Advanced Clean Truck rule, which takes effect in model year 2024, according to the Austin, Texas-based company.

Overall, the Hypertruck ERX will offer 1,000 miles of total range. The electric powertrain system uses an onboard generator (potentially running on natural gas) to continually recharge the battery pack while driving.

Thomas Healy, founder and CEO of Hyliion, said the company is collaborating with “major truck manufacturers” to offer the long-range iteration of the Hypertruck ERX.

Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board approved the ACT rule in June 2020. It requires Class 8 truck tractor manufacturers to sell ZEVs in California, beginning with model year 2024.

According to Hyliion, the sale of a battery or fuel cell vehicle earns one credit toward an OEM’s ACT obligation. Based on this rule, truck manufacturers will be able to achieve up to a 75% ZEV sales credit by selling a Class 8 truck with the Hypertruck ERX electric powertrain.

While California was the first state to introduce a ZEV sales requirement for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, both New Jersey and Washington have initiated formal regulatory processes to adopt the ACT rule.

A model with a reduced electric range will follow the release of the long-range version, according to Hyliion. — Transport Topics

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