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Auto ShowsAtlis announces plans for XT electric pickup with 500 miles of range

22:12  08 january  2019
22:12  08 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Arizona-based startup Atlis has revealed a concept named XT that's tentatively scheduled to launch in 2020 and cost about ,000 on the low end. Atlis developed the XT as a work vehicle, but it didn’t forget about tech. Buyers will have the option of choosing a 300- mile , 400- mile , or 500 - mile range .

Atlis Motor Vehicles is designing a 100% battery- electric full-size pickup truck, the XT . The toughness of a truck that you expect, but built for the twenty-first century to keep pace with your lifestyle.

Atlis announces plans for XT electric pickup with 500 miles of range© Atlis Motor Vehicles

Atlis says it will offer its XP Platform to other manufacturers to build things like RVs and box trucks.

Startup Atlis Motor Vehicles is planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck called the XT. The company's ambitious plan is for the truck to have up to 500 miles of driving range, up to 35,000 pounds of towing ability and even a duallie setup.

The Atlis XT is positioned as a rival to tough work trucks such as the Ford F-250, with Atlis saying its truck is a little more utility-focused than the Rivian R1T, an all-electric truck shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Air suspension will allow the truck to offer 12 inches of ground clearance, or 15 inches with an optional off-road suspension, and it'll be offered with a fifth-wheel gooseneck hitch for hauling heavy trailers.

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ATLIS Motor Vehicles is presenting a concept all- electric 4-wheel-drive pickup truck with some out-of-this-world claims. First, the ATLIS XT has a traditional pickup truck standard range of 300 miles (with optional 500 mile model). 15-minute charge time. single-speed or direct drive type of transmission.

Meet Atlis XT , an electric truck with 500 miles of range and the ability to tow 35,000 pounds. A dually is reportedly planned too and this would be the heaviest hauler of them all. Choose your driving range : 300 miles , 400 miles , or 500 miles . All ranges are based on an unloaded truck, with

Atlis announces plans for XT electric pickup with 500 miles of range© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Atlis XT

Beneath the surface, the XT rides on Atlis's XP Platform, which is basically a skateboard-like chassis with a massive battery pack and an electric motor at each wheel -- similar to Rivian's R1T chassis. The truck will be offered with battery capacities giving driving ranges of 300, 400 or 500 miles of range on a charge, though Atlis has so far not yet offered up specifics on the battery type or kilowatt-hour rating.

Nor have any horsepower or torque figures been announced. Still, Atlis says acceleration to 60 miles per hour is said to take under 5 seconds, with the truck's top speed pegged at 120 mph. Depending on the model, tow and payload ratings will vary significantly. The former will range from 5,000 to 20,000 pounds with traditional hitch towing, and 10,000 to 35,000 pounds with the fifth-wheel setup. Payload capacities range from 1,000 to 5,000 pounds.

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$ 500 off your purchase of an Atlis Motor Vehicles XT pickup truck. A special invite to the public unveiling event of With a commitment to purchase an Atlis Motor Vehicles XT pickup truck, investors will get an LOW RANGE . Leading electric vehicles provide average driving ranges of ~171 miles .

Atlis hasn’t released specifications about the electric motors and batteries the XT will be available with, but says the battery will be Pricing will start at ,000 and Atlis says it will offer the option of a subscription plan starting at 0 per month for the pickup , maintenance, insurance, and free charging.

Visually, the Atlis XT is a slick, modern truck with a tough, beefy stance. It sits high on its big, knobbly tires, and cues like protruding recovery hooks hint at its utility. There's a "frunk" storage area where a traditional truck's engine would reside, and various exposed cameras and sensors for the promised Level 1 driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control. Inside the cabin, a giant touchscreen infotainment system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The truck also lacks real side-view mirrors, instead using cameras and screens.

Atlis announces plans for XT electric pickup with 500 miles of range© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Atlis XP platform

Atlis says it plans to develop its own high-speed chargers and charging network. The reason, Atlis says, is that today's charge points won't easily accommodate a truck towing a trailer. The chargers will apparently be able to deliver a full charge for the truck in just 15 minutes -- a bold claim not, so far, backed up by charge-rate numbers.

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The company is Atlis Motor Vehicles, which so far has been operating in stealth mode but this week revealed the XT , a full-size electric pickup truck boasting 500 miles of The range is more than what rival electric car startup Rivian plans for its R1T, although the R1T is closer in size to a mid-size truck.

The company is Atlis Motor Vehicles, which so far has been operating in stealth mode but this week revealed the XT , a full-size electric pickup truck boasting 500 miles of The range is more than what rival electric car startup Rivian plans for its R1T, although the R1T is closer in size to a mid-size truck.

Pricing for the truck is expected to start from $45,000, before any applicable tax credits or rebates. But Atlis is also considering a subscription model called the Atlis Subscriber Club. Members would get a new vehicle every three, five or seven years, depending on subscription. Atlis would cover insurance, maintenance and charging posts, and prices would start at $700 per month.

Atlis isn't ready to launch the XT truck just yet, however. The company is currently attempting to raise $1 million so it can build a working prototype of the XT. We'll have to keep tabs on Atlis over the coming months to see whether that comes to fruition.

The Atlis XT shows off a stylish vision for an electric pickup truck

This was originally published on Roadshow.

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