Pininfarina is responsible for the design of the new electric truck range of the French manufacturer Gaussin and provides a first preview. Gaussin’s future trucks are based on a new skateboard platform that is suitable for both battery-electric and fuel cell trucks from 18 to 44 tonnes.
We reported briefly on the new platform solution a few weeks ago in the course of a freshly signed supply contract between Gaussin and battery manufacturer Microvast. It is a flat ‘skateboard’ that contains all key components and systems for road trucks with alternative drives and will also be offered to third parties.
The Gaussin Group – until now known mainly for special vehicles for port and airport logistics – is thus moving into road logistics. For its own trucks based on the skateboard platform, the Italian design forge Pininfarina is now coming into play. According to Gaussin, it is to create a completely new cabin concept that stands for driver comfort and safety and at the same time connects intelligently with the platform. The design is to distinguish the entire planned range of Gaussin trucks. The manufacturer specifically mentions a 44-tonne tractor with a range of up to 1,200 kilometres, combining electric and hydrogen propulsion, as well as trucks for distribution logistics, construction and waste management, and a “Gaussin H2 Racing Truck”, which the French do not elaborate on.
“The cab has to be aligned with the new mobility needs. It must be the link between the driver and his mission, between the truck and its environment. It has to be clean, safe, friendly but also intelligent to perform at a high level of efficiency…. and it has to have a signature that lasts over time,” expresses Gaussin CEO Christophe Gaussin.