California-based Harbinger has launched a new medium-duty electric vehicle platform that will include stripped and cab chassis in Classes 4-7 – and the upstart OEM promises a price that matches gas- and diesel-powered alternatives.
“Better technology often comes with outrageous price tags, and we’re seeing today’s medium-duty EVs performing for half the life of today’s ICE [internal combustion engine] vehicles at triple the cost,” CEO John Harris said in a press release. “Our technology was developed from scratch in order to control top-level chassis cost.”
The stripped chassis will support common body types including walk-in vans, box trucks, and other applications such as RVs. And the company says the vehicles are designed for 20-year and 725,000 km standard operating lives.
The first units are scheduled to be delivered in late 2023, with series production coming in 2024.
Driving the vehicles are proprietary e-axles that combine the motor, inverter and gearbox in the name of lowering costs and improving efficiency. The battery systems sit inside the frame.
Battery durability, safety and life are supported with the 800V liquid-cooled battery system, with capacities scaled in 35 kWh increments.
Drivers themselves are supported through drive-by-wire steering and enhanced ergonomics. The floor is just under 28 inches high.
The independent front suspension’s design also reduces vehicle overhang – improving visibility and maneuverability, the company says of the vehicle that features rack-type steering.
Steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire systems make the vehicles “autonomous-ready”, the company adds.
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