Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies (Solo AVT) today announced the signing of an initial agreement with American Battery Solutions (ABS) to develop the battery system for the SD1, Solo AVT’s battery-electric Class 8 long-haul truck with 500+ miles of range. The SD1 is designed from the ground up and includes full, aerospace-level system redundancy and the lowest drag coefficient of any Class 8 truck on the road enabled by a complete redesign that removes the need for a human onboard.
As a leader in the design and manufacture of advanced battery solutions serving transportation, industrial, and commercial markets, ABS is well-equipped to develop the next generation battery solution for Solo AVT’s truck platform, which electrifies the safest and most efficient heavy truck purpose-built for the rapid decarbonization of the long-haul freight industry. Upon successful development, ABS will be the preferred high-voltage battery supplier for Solo AVT’s trucks.
“Electrifying long-haul freight movement is a critical step towards decarbonizing transportation. We’re proud to partner with Solo AVT as it leads the way in the long-haul truck industry,” said Dr. John Warner, Chief Customer Officer, American Battery Solutions. “Developing a battery system for the SD1 not only accelerates the truck’s time-to-market – it will have an immediate impact on global sustainability initiatives, and, aligns with ABS’s expertise in developing next-generation battery systems that electrify underserved segments in the transportation sector.”
“Part of the excitement of debuting our SD1 design is collaborating with innovative manufacturers in the industry to bring forth our mission of revolutionizing long-haul freight transportation. Partnering with ABS to design, create, and test a battery system that electrifies the market’s first clean sheet Class 8 truck is an essential part of this work,” said Graham Doorley, Founder and CEO, Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies. “We look forward to partnering with ABS and pursuing the opportunity for battery-electric transportation with over 500 miles of range.”