Telo is a new American EV company that intends to create a small and modular electric truck, despite the presence of monolithic workhorses like Ford’s F-150 pickup in the country. Telo’s truck, though miniature and cute, is still advertised as work-capable, with the company alleging it possesses the “Toyota Tacoma capability” while having the size a Mini Cooper, at around 152 inches.
Like other EVs, the Telo can be compacted since it doesn’t need engine, gas tank bays, etc. The batteries that fuel the Telo can be kept in the floor, and the motors can fit in the cylindrical space surrounding the axles.
With the saved space, the Telo can comfortably seat five people and has a five-foot bed. It is also possible to carry longer things like 4×8 plywood sheets by opening the midsection at the expense of rear seating. Alternatively, you can add a third row and transform the truck into a family vehicle, disregarding the truck bed. A 106 kWh battery powers the vehicle, delivering 350 miles of range and 80% recharge within 20 minutes.
In an email exchange with The Verge, Telo co-founder and CTO Forrest North revealed that the company is currently utilizing “off-the-shelf” 21700 cells that can support contemporary and future cylindrical cells, similar to many EVs including Teslas and Rivians, and that “meet the needs of the Telo Truck.” Telo co-founder and CTO Forrest North explained that they are conversing with suppliers regarding volumes while looking out for new battery innovations as they emerge.
Forrest North stated that Telo has a working prototype that they plan to showcase to demonstrate the truck’s abilities this month before entering the “validation and homologation process.” Forrest North was a founding member of the electric motorcycle firm Mission Motors, but the business failed as a result of a pattern of poaching by Apple, as reported by The Verge. He previously served on the early Tesla team, where he created the original Roadster’s battery, according to a biography provided by Telo.
Similar to the Roadster, the first Telo Trucks, around 500 in number, will be manually built for customer delivery. Mass production is scheduled for 2026 through scaled manufacturing, with the first Telo Trucks anticipated to be delivered by 2025. Telo, with its headquarters in San Carlos, California, intends to construct its cars in the United States.