Diesel Giant Cummins Beats Tesla with First Electric Big Rig

Cummins electric big rig (Cummins / Twitter)
Dominant diesel engine manufacturer Cummins just beat Tesla by unveiling the AEOS Urban Hauler Tractor as the first all-electric big rig. With Congress set to vote on September 6 to approve the national deployment of autonomous vehicles on September 6, Cummins Inc. and Roush Clean Tech introduced their AEOS all-electric heavy-duty commercial tractor. The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee put the deployment of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles on the fast-track in July by unanimously approving a bill that would give qualified manufacturers exemptions from auto safety standards to deploy up to 25,000 autonomous vehicles immediately, and up to 100,000 over three years. The bill nationalizes self-driving regulations by pre-empting the current jumble of state rules. Breitbart News reported in April that the “Tesla Semi” all-electric big-rig tractor, which expected to debut in September, would be the first existential threat to International Longshore and Warehouse Union members that make up to $1,200 a day by slowing down the loading and unloading of cargoes at the 27 West Coast ports that stretch from San Diego to Alaska. But Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk presented his Master Plan to provide autonomous class 7 and class 8 big-rig tractors that could run on electric power while