Triton has announced that Talwar Auto Garages Pvt. Ltd., one of the largest automotive distributors in southern India, has signed a purchase order for 2,000 Triton EV Semi Trucks worth $300 million. These semi trucks shall be supplied to commercial industrial clients across southern India.
Delivery of the semi trucks will begin in summer 2022.
Himanshu Patel, founder and CEO, Triton Electric Vehicle, LLC, said, “We would like to thank Talwar Group for their support and confidence in choosing to partner with Triton Electric Vehicle, LLC, and look forward to continuing growth in India.”
In October 2020, Triton EV had announced that it has produced a 100% electric-powered, full-service 18-wheeler semi-truck. The truck, which has a 300KWh battery and a hydrogen cell stack, has a 220,000-pound (99-ton) towing capacity — the same as any comparable diesel truck on the road.
Triton-EV was able to produce the prototype in just over one month.
“We decided to go for it,” explained Himanshu Patel. “Everyone was saying, ‘No, it can’t be done. It will take five years and a hundred million dollars’. We thought, no, we can do it right now. We have the people and the components. The whole effort took 35 days. That’s the kind of team we have.”
The entire effort was self-funded.
Triton EV Semi Truck is estimated to have a range of approximately 300 miles (480 kilometres).
The motor runs on a battery, which provides the necessary torque. The truck uses a hydrogen fuel cell generator to put power back into the battery.
The trend in the industry is to rely primarily on hydrogen while using a smaller quantity of battery power. But, this causes an issue with torque, as hydrogen does not usually generate enough torque to haul an 80,000-pound trailer at sufficient speed and acceleration. Triton-EV took the opposite approach, with a lot of batteries and a little bit of hydrogen.
“The reason we did it this way is that the hydrogen infrastructure is not there yet in the market,” Patel explained. “At the same time, we can use the hydrogen as the range extender.”
Earlier in May, Triton had postponed the launch of Model H, its electric SUV, which was scheduled for May 10, on account of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The launch of Model H by the New Jersey-based company was eagerly awaited in India because of several reasons.
SUVs have been on a roll in India in the last 5 years. Every auto company has one in the market. But, Triton got a lot of attention, among other things, on account of the claim about the range of its electric SUV. Triton claims Model H offers a 700-mile (1,120 kilometre) range on a single charge of its proprietary 200 kWh battery
In comparison, the Model 3, which Tesla plans to launch in India, has a 75 kWh battery. The Long Range version of Model 3 offers a range of 350 miles (560 kilometres).
The Model H can seat eight adults while accommodating 200 cubic feet of cargo. Four wheel-mounted motors generate 1,500 horsepower. Triton claims that the power is enough for the SUV to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-95 kmph) in 2.9 seconds.
With such numbers, auto fans were eagerly awaiting the Model H.
Triton has managed to pull one back with this deal with Talwar Auto Garages Pvt. Ltd., which is part of the Talwar Group. The Talwar Group is a consortium of companies that is in the business of automotive dealerships for international and national brands, including Eicher, Volvo, Triumph, Hyundai and Bajaj.