CityFreighter and XPO Sales have agreed to jointly pursue development and sales of electric trucks for the last mile, company officials said. The partnership includes the signing of a letter of intent to purchase 100 CF1 electric Class 4 trucks.
The companies said the prototype of the CF1 will debut in the second quarter of 2019, with delivery of 100 commercial units planned for early 2020.
“We are excited about this agreement,” said Michael Schoening, president of CityFreighter. “This is a substantial development for our startup. 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.’’
CF1 Electric Truck
The CF1 was developed as a fully electric, front-drive vehicle with multiple weight-reducing features, such as a low-weight cargo box. The truck was designed specifically for last-mile operations with a range of about 100 miles.
The trucks will charge overnight at the lot with fast charging as an option, according to CityFreighter.
The company claims the CF1 differentiates itself from other offerings through its design, with a newly configured, “driver-friendly cockpit’’ and unique features like digital mirrors and a key-less truck operating system.
The payload capacity will be 2.5 tons with a minimum of 706 cubic feet, all presented in a low-floor cargo area access design. The low-loading level will be about 18 inches, and the rear axle will be equipped with an electric air suspension, eliminating the need for an electric lift system, reducing loading/unloading times and significantly lessening driver strain.
“We believe that the CF1 will be a game changer in the industry,” said Remo Weber, chief executive of XPO Sales. “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.”
CityFreighter is a clean-tech startup with team members in the US, Europe, and Asia. We are developing smart, medium-duty (class 4 and up) commercial electric vehicles for the “last mile,” combined with intelligent front- & back-end integration with our customers’ value chains to meet the needs and challenges of urban logistics in the future.
Mission: “We will become a leader in Clean Urban Logistics Solutions. We will design premium customized electric trucks for our customers, to solve their key problems. Making the impossible possible”