Hino Trucks has become exclusive distributor of ZE truck brand Tern. The announcement was made at ACT Expo, the major trade fair currently held in Las Vegas. Tern’s inaugural truck model is the RC8, a groundbreaking battery electric Class 8 tractor tailored for the U.S. market.

Hino Trucks dealer network to get the new Tern ZE truck

The Tern RC8 is built on Hino’s proven XL Series 4×2 chassis and integrates Hexagon Purus’ cutting-edge zero-emission technology. Technically speaking, the vehicle leverages a U.S.-assembled Hino chassis, Dana’s Zero-8 e-Axle for optimum efficiency, and battery cells supplied and manufactured by Panasonic Energy initially in Japan, before transitioning to De Soto, Kansas from 2026 onwards, ensuring reliability, American sourcing and top-tier performance.

Glenn Ellis, President and CEO of Hino Trucks, said: “Our collaboration 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 be the exclusive distributor for Tern with an initial distribution focus in California, where fleet electrification is imperative.”


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