Here's What You Need to Know About Neuron's Electric Semi and Pickup Truck

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【Summary】Neuron recently unveiled two new EV concepts both of which seem to feature a very familiar design language.

Manish Kharinta    Nov 19, 2019 10:00 AM PT
Here's What You Need to Know About Neuron's Electric Semi and Pickup Truck

Neuron is a California based electric vehicle startup that was established back in 2017 that has been somewhat under the radar for the past two years until now. The electric vehicle manufacturer recently unveiled two new EV concepts, both of which seem to feature a very familiar design language.

One of the concepts is called the T/ONE, which is designed to be an all-in-one multi-purpose electric utility vehicle. Neuron plans to offer this concept in multiple body types, which also includes a pickup truck model.

The other concept vehicle is an electric semi-truck that Neuron calls the TORQ. On thing that the two trucks have in common is that their overall designs are uncannily similar to that of Tesla, sharing Tesla's familiar silhouette.

Both of Neuron's EV concepts are based on a modular platform designed to offer versatile cargo functionality. Neuron claims that these concepts have been designed to be incredibly aerodynamic and will offer a first-class cabin experience for passengers.

As of now, both of Neuron's electric vehicle concepts are merely design studies and not actual working prototypes. Both of the concepts have been designed to offer upgradable technology and reduce waste in an initiative to preserve the environment.

The modular electric utility vehicle architecture offered in T/ONE and TORQ comprises of a basic tractor unit which has a scalable chassis. The concepts have been designed to be compatible with interchangeable body components, to further enhance the versatility of the offering both in terms of function and aesthetics.

Like other traditional EV skateboard platforms, the battery sits low in the floor pan of the T/ONE and TORQ, which improves the handling characteristics by lowering the center of gravity. The battery configuration also helps to optimize the cargo and cabin space, making it much roomier. In addition, the cab has been moved forward to improve the driver's visibility.

The Neuron concepts come equipped with a unique propulsion system that can draw power from multiple sources including an all-electric traction battery pack, a replaceable reserve power source as well as a removable solar panel truck bed cover.

T/ONE and TORQ also come equipped with a suite of wireless cameras that relay visual data to the driver with screens that offer a panoramic 360-degree view. 

Neuron also announced that the production-ready models will be built to run on an open source infotainment system that will allow users to seamlessly pair their gadgets. This intuitive vehicle interface application will also give users complete operational control via any personal device that passengers plugs into the vehicle.

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