Harbinger's vehicles are underpinned by a new driver-focused chassis architecture designed to improve safety, driver experience, and productivity.  -  Photo: Harbinger

Harbinger's vehicles are underpinned by a new driver-focused chassis architecture designed to improve safety, driver experience, and productivity.

Photo: Harbinger

Harbinger announced its official launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) platform, according to the company's news release.

Harbinger’s initial product line will include electric stripped chassis and cab chassis designed to address issues and expectations in Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles. 

“Medium-duty vehicles serve as the backbone of the commercial transportation industry and are responsible for delivering tens of millions of packages and critical services every day,” said John Harris, CEO of Harbinger. “But while this industry has experienced tremendous growth, fleet customers today face acute shortages of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, and any meaningful supply of production-ready EV offerings is still years out. We are solving this problem head on.”

Production for Harbinger electric platforms is projected to scale over the next five years, with first vehicles expected in customers’ hands in late 2023, followed by the launch of volume production in 2024.

Harbinger’s medium-duty EV features:

  • 800V liquid cooled battery system, with capacity scalable in 35 kWh increments.
  • Floor height below 28 inches.
  • Designed for 20-year, 450,000-mile standard operating life.
  • Independent front suspension with rack-type steering.
  • Autonomous-ready with steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire.
  • Safety and driver assistance features.
  • One-hour DC charging capability.

“This industry is performing on decades-old technology that makes its daily rigors nearly unbearable for drivers and concentrates emissions of harmful pollutants in highly populated, residential, and business areas where they most acutely affect human health. We can no longer sit idle and watch that happen,” said Harris. “The reality is that technologies developed for the passenger or heavy-duty vehicle industries simply cannot be repurposed for the medium-duty segment.”

Harbinger’s electric platform will carry zero price acquisition premium relative to gas- and diesel-powered alternatives. 

“Better technology often comes with outrageous price tags, and we’re seeing today's medium-duty EVs performing for half the life of today's ICE vehicles at triple the cost,” said Harris. “Our technology was developed from scratch in order to control top level chassis cost.”

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