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Cummins AEOS electric semi tractor is here for the short haul

The diesel engine guru previews the city-oriented all-electric big rig of the future.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Cummins unveiled its new AEOS Urban Hauler Tractor concept in Columbus, Indiana.

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The Class 7 tractor trailer can carry 44,000 pounds.

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The AEOS only has 100 miles of range, so it's designed for urban freight. However, it can charge in as little as one hour, so there's not much down time.

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Cummins worked with auto industry gun-for-hire Roush Industries to develop the AEOS.

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The AEOS employs drag-reducing tricks like low-rolling-resistance tires and cameras instead of side mirrors to improve efficiency.

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Cummins says a production AEOS is coming for 2019, and it's also working on a model with a diesel range extender good for 200-300 miles of range.

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