Hyliion Holdings Corp. has formed the Hypertruck Innovation Council, a group of fleet, logistics and transportation industry leaders that will support the development of Hyliion’s Hypertruck electric powertrain for Class 8 commercial trucks.
With the combination of a fully electric drivetrain and a natural gas-powered onboard generator to recharge the battery, the Hypertruck ERX boasts more than 1,000 miles of range. The powertrain also produces electricity locally at roughly 30% less than the average grid cost, yielding a seven-year cost-of-ownership, according to the company.
Council members represent more than 100,000 Class 8 commercial trucks globally. The group will collaborate with Hyliion to provide user insights in the development of the Hypertruck, as well as drive sustainable practices in the commercial trucking industry.
The council includes Agility Logistics, American Natural Gas, Anheuser-Busch, GreenPath Logistics, NFI, Penske Truck Leasing, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Ryder System, Schneider, Wegmans Food Markets and Werner Enterprises.
“With one of the largest dedicated fleets in the U.S., Anheuser-Busch is committed to leading the industry towards zero-emissions commercial transportation by improving the sustainability of our own logistics operations,” said Angie Slaughter, vice president of sustainability and logistics procurement at Anheuser-Busch.
Council members will be the first to operate the Hypertruck ERX demonstration units, providing direct feedback to actively advance the powertrain’s path to commercialization. The truck was announced last June, with an order from logistics company Agility for 1,000 trucks.
“Now more than ever, fleets need efficient and affordable technologies that also address broader sustainability goals,” sais Thomas Healy, founder and chief executive officer of Hyliion. “Our collective strengths will help Hyliion unlock the potential for electrification technology while advancing our customers’ operations and the industry at large.”