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    Electric Truck Innovators Whirring Hard on Tesla’s Tail

    They’ve a Musk-y allure. When zero-emission vehicle pioneer Elon Musk displayed his sleek Tesla tractor-trailer mockups last month, he got some 400 deposits for the still-undeveloped $150,000 behemoths. While the concept might have unheard-of long-haul range, plenty of other firms — from L.A.’s scrappy Thor Trucks to China’s Warren Buffet-backed BYD — are jockeying to supplant smog-spewing diesels. Short-haul electrics are already a fact, and experts say fleets of battery-powered semis may appear in the rearview mirror as soon as 2019.

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