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It may seem incongruous that the company that makes support vehicles for super-sleek Formula E electric race cars is touting an electric utility truck with a wall-like, near-vertical front window. UK-based Charge says its trucks will be lighter, have a longer range, and will be more technologically advanced than what's out there already. Charge is ready to enter the soon-to-grow electric utility truck sector, thanks to players like Tesla and Workhorse. The startup, which already makes fossil-fuel trucks ranging from 3.5 to 26 tons, says its electric trucks will be able to go as far as 100 miles on a charge, while its "top-up" batteries may allow for an additional 400 miles of range. The trucks will also be made from lighter-weight composite materials.

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But when trucks with scheduled hauls unexpectedly break down, the impact is far-reaching – from farms and restaurants to retailers and hospitals. Not to mention the operator costs of up to thousands of dollars a day.

Guy books a ride on an app, but a huge truck came to pick him up instead


This was certainly no UberX. A man's account of how he ended up at the back of a truck after using a ridesharing app, has gone viral on Weibo. The man, who goes by the user ID @QiGeNongDongQiang, wrote in a now-deleted post that he wanted to take a ride from Wushan -- a county in southwest China to the city of Chongqing. The man, who works in insurance, said that the driver pinged him on the app to note that the vehicle would be "wide." SEE ALSO: No, it's not time to start using Uber again "I was expecting a Toyota Alphard," he wrote.

Volta Zero is an electric delivery truck built just for cities


A Swedish startup named Volta Trucks has unveiled its first vehicle: an electric truck designed specifically for city parcel and freight deliveries. The Volta Zero is scheduled to start production in the UK in 2022, and the company is aiming to have as many as 500 vehicles on the road by the end of that year. While it's far from the first EV designed with parcel delivery in mind -- Amazon plans to use electric vans from Rivian and Mercedes--Benz to deliver customers' orders -- Volta Trucks has forged significant partnerships that could give it a role in shaping the future of deliveries. European delivery service DPD will launch a pilot test using the Volta Zero to service customers within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone in the first quarter of 2021. The company also told Reuters that it has "well progressed with another seven or eight customers."