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Some notes & quotes from recent reads:
Telo is a new American EV company setting out to build a small, modular, electric truck in a country filled with monolithic workhorses like Ford’s F-150 pickup. But even though Telo’s truck will be mini and cute, it’s still apparently work-capable — the company claims it’s got “Toyota Tacoma capability,” but in the footprint of a Mini Cooper. That’s just about 152 inches.
The Telo, like electric vehicles in general, can easily be compacted since it doesn’t need an engine bay up front and gas tank somewhere in the back. Instead, the batteries that power it can be stored in the floor and motors, of which the Telo has two outputting 380kW (500hp) total, can fit within a cylindrical area around the axles. Like many EVs, the Telo is promised to be very quick: it can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.0 seconds, and has a top speed of 125mph.
With that saved real estate, the Telo can accommodate seating for five and still have a five-foot bed behind them. But you can also carry longer items, like 4x8 plywood sheets, by opening the midsection at the cost of rear seating. Or, you can add a third row and make Telo a family hauler — truck bed be damned. The 4,400 pound vehicle (which is almost as heavy as a Tesla Model Y) is powered by a 106kWh battery that the company says is good for 350 miles of range. It can fast charge from 20 to 80 percent in 20 minutes.
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