Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies launches the SD1, its own battery-electric truck with a range of over 500 miles

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies (Solo AVT), the automotive hardware company revolutionizing the freight transportation industry, today unveiled the design and specifications of the SD1, its class-leading battery-electric long-haul truck. 8 specially designed for autonomous driving.

The SD1 was designed from the ground up and features full system redundancy at aerospace level and the lowest drag coefficient of any Class 8 truck on the road, thanks to a complete redesign that removes the human on board . The long-distance battery electric SD1 offers a range of over 800 km, active aerodynamics, tires designed to minimize rolling resistance, exterior lighting to communicate with pedestrians and other road users, a unique sound signature , a modular design for ease of maintenance and maximum uptime. , and multi-speed tandem electric axles with integrated electric motors. The truck is designed to provide turnaround times comparable to today’s trucks and is compatible with fast chargers while being able to use existing networks. It’s also trailer-independent – meaning it can haul anything – and is designed to fit into all standard loading docks, and can carry a weight equivalent to today’s Class 8 trucks. today. The sensor layout allows for easy integration of any stand-alone pilot system and features a proprietary software control interface.

“The launch of our SD1 design is the next step in our journey towards decarbonizing the freight industry. We look forward to being the step change this massive industry needs as we develop innovative technologies to deliver a battery-electric Class 8 long-haul truck with a range of over 500 miles,” said Graham Doorley, founder and CEO of Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies. “The requirements of leaders in freight, logistics, retail and other categories can only be met sustainably through the convergence of two technological opportunities: long-haul battery-electric transport and autonomy. Today’s stand-alone systems will not run on existing or modernized large-scale platforms. At Solo AVT, we solve both of these challenges as we develop, design and manufacture the SD1 to achieve over 500 miles of self-driving truck range from day one.

Additional details on Solo AVT’s approach to SD1 design include:

  • High levels of system redundancy make it the safest truck platform

  • Highly efficient multi-speed tandem axles with integrated 600 kW (total) electric motors provide both power and efficiency

  • Industry-leading aerodynamics reduce draft and increase range

  • Modular AV driver integration enables multiple partnerships with minimal hardware and software changes.

Solo AVT, based in Fremont, Calif., is rapidly expanding its team of engineers. To join the team, go to:

About Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies (Solo AVT) is revolutionizing the freight transportation industry by creating the first heavy-duty platform fully compatible with any autonomous driving software. Built by alumni of Waymo, Tesla, BMW, Ford, Faraday Futures and more, and backed by leading investors including Trucks VC, Maniv Mobility and Wireframe Ventures, Solo is the only company to develop a Dedicated and fully autonomous heavy trucks for the future of freight. To follow @SoloAVT on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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