CityFreighter Inc and XPO Sales Inc have entered a strategic partnership and signed a Letter of Intent for the purchase of 100 CF1 full electric class 4 trucks for the last mile. For more information see the IDTechEx report onLast Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028.
Both parties agree to pursue the development and sales of electric trucks. The prototype of the CF1 truck will be presented in Q2 2019, and delivery of 100 commercial units is planned for Q1 2020.
The CF 1 has been developed as a fully electric, front-drive vehicle and contains multiple weight reducing features, such as a very low-weight cargo box. The truck has been designed specifically for last mile operations with a range of ca. 100 miles. It will be charged overnight at the lot with fast charging as an option.
Furthermore, the CF1 clearly differentiates itself from other market offers through its unique design approach, a totally newly-configured, driver-friendly cockpit design and unique features like digital mirrors and a keyless truck operating system.
The payload capacity will be 2.5 tons and with a minimum of 706 cubic feet, all presented in a low-floor cargo area access design. The low-loading level will be at around 44 cm (ca. 18"), and the rear axle will be equipped with an electric air suspension. This avoids the need for an electric lift system, reduces loading / unloading times and significantly lessens driver strain.
Michael Schoening, President CityFreighter Inc said "We are very excited about this agreement. This is a substantial development for our start-up. Electric vehicles should be attractive and built in a user-oriented way. I am convinced that the CF1 will set new standards in the industry."
Remo Weber, CEO XPO Sales Inc said "We believe that the CF1 will be a game changer in the industry. We are striving to convert all our fleets into full electric. The CF1 will be a key product for our strategy of focusing strongly on the logistics industry."
Source and top image: CityFreighter Inc
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Business and Technology Insight Forums - Tokyo, September 2019 on 18 - 19 Sep 2019 at Tokyo, Japan hosted by IDTechEx.