Zeus Electric Chassis and EAVX will join forces to develop and commercialize all-electric vocational work truck solutions. Joint development efforts will focus on integration of the JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO) commercial truck bodies, utility truck bodies, and vehicle cargo management systems with the Zeus Power Platform, an all-electric cab chassis. Zeus will leverage JBPCO’s North American operational footprint to help establish a nationwide service and support network for the Zeus products.

The non-exclusive collaboration agreement will initially focus on the Zeus Z-19 (Class 5, 19,500 lb. GVWR) and Z-22 (Class 6, 22,300 lb. GVWR), and will expand quickly to the Z-26 (Class 6, 26,000 lb. GVWR), all designed from the ground up and available with a variety of cab options. Initially they will use current and next-generation JBPCO body designs and will be available for commercial fleet pilot programs in 2022.

Zeus offers a fully configurable Class 4-6 all-electric vocational work truck cab-chassis. Its business model is to align with vocational work truck body manufacturers bring EV solutions to fleets that can out-perform diesel counterparts. Its electric work truck chassis is broadly configurable for a wide variety of Class 4–6 applications. The Zeus cab and chassis system is engineered to both power and control a virtually unlimited number of third-party tools and equipment, according to the company.

A Zeus Class 5 electric work truck with flatbed body.

A Zeus Class 5 electric work truck with flatbed body.

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Zeus has focused on developing a severe-duty e-mobility solution from the ground up. The system architecture of what Zeus calls its Power Platform allows hydraulics and onboard tools such as winches, air compressors, booms and welders to be powered directly from the main batteries. offers integration of both mechanical and engineered systems between the cab-chassis, body, and auxiliary functions. The whole system is monitored by a fully integrated telematics solution for data collection and remote diagnostics.

Orders have been placed by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the first five are delivering in the first quarter of 2022.

“We’ve placed orders for five Zeus trucks, each with unique configurations," said Paul Lau, CEO and GM of SMUD. “One box truck, one dump truck, one flatbed, one open-body service truck and one closed-body service truck. We’ll use them in a variety of applications, from facility management, to our line asset groups, to substation work. The Zeus trucks will replace existing equipment, so we’ll start seeing carbon emission saving from day one.”  

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