Neuron EV T/One and Torq - ah what a time
Now normally I get over-excited whenever any manufacturer announces any new model, yeah I know I'm naive like that, but in this instance, I'm not sure I like what I'm seeing. More to the point, I don't think I like what I'm reading because a Neuron spokesperson said that Tesla's new Cybertruck might be very fast, but that's exactly the opposite of what Neuron wants to do because "we are trying to reduce road accidents."
I will contend that this is nonsense. Car accidents are caused by bad drivers, bad cars, distraction and general lack of common sense. On its own, speed only has a marginal role because it all depends on those factors. Over 50 % of motorways in Germany are derestricted, with no speed limit at all, and yet it is statistically one of the safest countries in the world to drive. There are fewer road fatalities in Germany than there are in the U.S., Finland, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates, just to give you a few example.
Anyway, back to the truck and semi. Both were introduced at this year's China International Import Expo and there's a lot we don't know about them. Both were built by Neuron EV, an electric car manufacturer based out of Irvine, California. The T/One was designed for commercial and personal use today whereas the Torq, which is a weird and yet fascinating name, was developed as a solution for commercial transportation of tomorrow.
Both are built on modular platform but the company hasn't provided any details about powertrain, battery pack, range or hp. They did say, however, that both vehicles are built on a "scalable" chassis with interchangeable body components. The reserve power of the battery pack is also replaceable and there's a removable solar panel on the truck bed cover.
Inside you'll find the usual minimalist interior with McLaren F1-style (well, sort of...) seating configuration, with an individual seat at the front for both the Torq and the T/One. The T/One features two individual seats at the back whereas the Semi comes with some sort of living space which, I must say, looks comfy enough.
I don't know why but learning about these vehicles left me... dissatisfied. I think the mindless remark about the speed bugged me more than I imagined. So there you have it. That's the T/One and Torq done. I need to talk about something entirely different to get over this.
I'll do that later today. Cheers.