Hexagon Purus, Hino Trucks Launch New ZE Truck Brand

May 20, 2024

Following in footsteps of other OEMs, Hexagon Purus and Hino Trucks announced the launch of Tern, a dedicated zero-emission truck brand, as well as its inaugural model, the RC8, a battery-electric Class 8 tractor.

The new Tern trucks were designed to assist fleets in the transition to electric vehicles and will be manufactured at Hexagon Purus’ new facility in Dallas, Texas. The Tern RC8, scheduled for serial production in late 2024, is built on Hino’s XL Series 4×2 chassis and equipped with Hexagon Purus’ zero-emission technology, as well as an e-Axle from Dana.

“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,” said Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus. “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.”

Key features of the Tern RC8 include:

  • A 100% battery-electric platform with an industry-leading short wheelbase of 165 inches
  • A gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 68,000 lbs. targeting applications of approximately 200 miles in regional city duty cycles, addressing 95 percent of use cases
  • Dual Hexagon Purus Gen3 269kWh battery packs in a 750-volt, 538 kWh configuration, providing substantial power and range for targeted duty cycles
  • Recharge rate of 241 kW
  • Peak/continuous horsepower of 680hp/494hp
  • Peak torque 38,350 ft/lbs.

“Our partnership with Hexagon Purus introduces a highly reliable Class 8, 4×2 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,” said Glenn Ellis, president of Hino Trucks.

Tern trucks will be available exclusively through the Tern dealer network and will leverage Hino’s network ensuring total support and service.