Hexagon Purus and Hino Trucks Introduce Tern brand Electric Heavy-Duty Truck

Hexagon Purus and Hino Trucks unveil Tern, a zero-emission truck brand, featuring the RC8, a Class 8 battery-electric tractor for the U.S. market.

Hexagon Purus and Hino Trucks Introduce Tern brand Electric Heavy-Duty Truck

Norway, Europe- Hexagon Purus ASA., an Industrial Machinery Manufacturing in partnership with Hino Trucks Ltd., a Japanese commercial vehicle manufacture, proudly announces the launch of Tern, a dedicated zero emission truck brand along with their inaugural vehicle model, the RC8, a groundbreaking battery electric Class 8 tractor tailored for the U.S. market. This innovative semi-tractor leverages Hexagon Purus' years of development of zero-emission drivetrains for heavy-duty trucks and represents a driver-preferred option for fleets that are electrifying practical routes. 

Under a new $2 billion agreement, Hexagon Purus and Hino Trucks introduce Tern, a brand aiming to facilitate the U.S. commercial vehicle sector's transition to electrification. The RC8, set for production in late 2024 at Hexagon Purus' Dallas facility, utilizes Hino's XL Series 4x2 chassis and Hexagon Purus' zero-emission technology. Featuring proprietary battery systems and modules, it ensures reliability and top-tier performance with components sourced from Japan and later from Kansas.

The Tern RC8 is an electric commercial vehicle with a short wheelbase, a GVWR of 68,000 lbs, and a range of 200 miles. It features dual Hexagon Purus Gen3 269kWh battery packs, a recharge rate of 241 kW, and peak horsepower of 680hp.

Tern trucks will be available exclusively through the Tern dealer network and will leverage Hino’s network ensuring total support and service. This launch aligns with the Advanced Clean Fleets regulation in California and gives fleets an excellent option to decarbonize their supply chain, especially in target applications like metro-regional routes, food & beverage logistics and similar routes where the tight turning radius and popular 4x2 chassis offer practical benefits. 

Mr. Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus said, "Tern RC8 delivers the comfort, reliability and safety that drivers and fleets want, and it’s purpose built to be a very practical truck for operators integrating zero-emission trucks into their fleets. "We are excited to introduce a truck that embodies the endurance and efficiency of the Arctic Tern, renowned for its light weight and long migratory journey – a trusty companion you can always rely on." 

Mr. Glenn Ellis, President of Hino Trucks said, “Our partnership with Hexagon Purus introduces a highly reliable Class 8, 4x2 tractor option into the electric truck market, catering to a wide range of applications. We are excited to see Tern launched in California, where fleet electrification is imperative. The introduction of the Tern brand signifies a transformative step for both companies and the commercial trucking industry, driving towards a zero-emission future without compromising on power or performance.