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News Atlis XT: A Serious Competitor to HD Trucks ?

Atlis XT: A Serious Competitor to HD Trucks ?

The Atlis XT will be an electric contender in the HD pickup market

  • The Atlis XT is a prototype of a large electric pickup that aspires to compete with traditional HD trucks

  • It will be fully adaptable to custom designed service bodies and flat beds

  • It will have 300, 400, or 500 miles (480, 644 or 805 kilometers) of range, depending on the version

A new electric pickup could join the Hummer EV, Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T soon, but it will be bigger and more rugged in order to compete squarely against the traditional HD trucks.

The Atlis XT is still in the prototype phase, but many details are known about this upcoming truck which will be available in many factory configurations, in addition to being adaptable to service bodies and flatbeds.

The styling of the Atlis XT reflects this heavy duty, rugged nature with its total absence of curves and the sheer size of every detail, from the massive lights to the huge gaps between the wheels and the fenders.

The XT will be built on the company’s XP platform that it intends to sell to other companies as a plug and play “skateboard” platform to use in their vehicles, such as motorhomes or dump trucks.

According to the automaker, the truck would have over 600 horsepower and 12,000 lb-ft of torque, which would give it a maximum tow rating of 17,000lbs with a hitch and 35,000 lbs with a gooseneck attachment, both on par with current HD trucks.

The battery used in the Atlis XT is a 250 kWh unit capable of charging at up to 1.5 MW with its on-board charger, which can make charging time as low as 15 minutes from empty to full. Range will vary depending on the version of the truck, but it will vary between 300 and 500 miles (480 and 805 kilometers).

Conveniences will include multiple power outlets (including 120V and 240V) in the cabin, in the bed and in the biggest “Frunk” of any electric pickup. Additionally, compressed air hookups will be provided at the front and at the rear of the vehicle in order to inflate tires or power tools.

The Atlis XT will also be off-road capable with 12 inches of ground clearance provided by a height adjustable air suspension and four-wheel drive by the means of an electric motor in each wheel.

Price will range from $45,000 to $78,000 in the United States and as is becoming common, Atlis will offer a subscription service which will provide customers with insurance, registration, maintenance, inspections, free charging and a new truck every 3, 5 or 7 years for a single payment every month, beginning at $700 USD.

The Arizona based company hopes to begin production of this truck in 2022.

Source: Motortrend

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  1. Problems:
    The Atlis’s body is unworkable. The flat surfaces will “oil can” (bend, wobble) as you drive. A large flat area is always going to drum and vibrate. Needs complete redesign, these flat panels will make an unbearable noise on a rough road. Where are the interior air conditioner outlets? There are no weather seals on the frunk or doors. Lights, mirrors, reflectors are not SAE/DOT approved. No crush zones for impact protection. Charging network does not exist. Sorry, no investment here. Atlis fails to drive during the demo. (September 27, 2021, 05:08pm MST) In an interview by Andy Blye, Reporter for bizjournals.com, Andy reported that problems will keep the XT prototype from operating properly during the demonstration on Sept 28th. “Hanchett warned that the Atlis team had recently broken several of the gearboxes on the prototype and that the vehicle may not move”. Seems to me that they may be trying to use aluminum gears with a hard coat finish to save money. Hardened alloy steel gears are difficult to machine from a billet, require a heat treating process and are expensive. A large prototype gear can easily cost $50,000 or more. Probably saving where they shouldn’t have. Mirror Laws, similar in every US state:
    “shall be equipped with mirrors on both the left-and right-hand sides of the vehicle so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway through each mirror for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle” Electronic devices can supplement, but not replace standard mirrors. GOOGLE: Sorry, no investment here. A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment.


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