Tesla co-founder Ian Wright and his turbine-hybrid drivetrain company Wrightspeed have signed a deal to provide FedEx with its advanced powertrains.
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After suspending production due to a lack of profitability, EV truck maker Smith Electric found a $42 million lifeline to keep the company moving forward.
The commercial vehicle market stands to benefit the most from the adoption of cheap-to-operate electric vehicles, though range limitations also mean limited use for most delivery companies. Buoyed by a $3 million Federal grant, FedEx, Smith Electric Vehicles, and Plug Power are adding hydrogen-powered range extenders to 20 electric delivery vans for real world testing.
Few companies have so vehemently and vocally supported hybrid and electric vehicles like General Electric. While it is obviously in the interest of GE, which produces charging stations and electrical components for electrified vehicles, GE made waves by pledging to replace half of its vehicle fleet with plug-in vehicles. Two years later, and that pledge is holding up, albeit at a slow, methodical pace.
The United States Post Office is dirty, inefficient, and – after failing to pay back the $12 billion loan it got from the US Gov’t – hemorrhaging cash at an alarming rate. Total collapse (in the form of not being able to pay employees, pay bills, or buy stamps) has been looming for over a […]
One of the quiet success stories in the EV world has been Smith Electric. This company is slowly but surely signing on one big business after another, and Smith EV’s are becoming a more common sign in cities across the U.S. Ever charging forward, Smith has revealed a step-van version of its Newton electric van, […]
Finally, it’s Friday, which means we’re just a scant few hours from the wonderful weekend! With that in mind, here is this morning’s news round up. Some of today’s highlights include FedEx going electric in London, California considers stringent new emissions changes, and a beautiful home made from recycled cars. FedEx Testing Electric Nissan Vans […]
Delivery and courier services are some of the cornerstones of our civilization – whether it’s the pony express, snail mail, UPS, or Dominos Pizza, the idea that we, as individuals, can receive physical goods from “out there” is something most of us take for granted. American delivery businesses, for the most part, run on oil, […]
The United States Postal Service is headed off a cliff, and – according to the US Government Accountability Office – few are even giving its demise a second thought. That’s the same USPS, by the way, that was once a great source of national pride, that united America’s coasts and transmitted vital information at incredible speeds, […]
Many among the car industry’s “old-guard” kvetch and moan about government-mandated fuel economy goals that force mpg improvements of 10, 15, or 25% compared with current figures (I’m looking at you, “Maximum Bobby” Lutz – it wasn’t that long ago you claimed a 25% improvement was “ridiculous”). UPS, it seems, took a long, hard look […]
Fleet managers rated rising, volatile fuel prices as their top concern for 2011, over driver safety and cost savings, according to a survey conducted by General Electric Capital Fleet Services during the 2011 NAFA Institute and Expo. The survey shows that 28% of the 105 corporate fleet managers they questioned will introduce electric vehicles into […]
Ryder, DHL, and other major hauling companies are taking major steps to lower their petroleum fuel usage, opting to purchase fleets of fuel-efficient and alternative-energy trucks Truck leasing company Ryder has ordered over 200 natural gas powered trucks (in addition to its growing fleet of hybrid trucks) to add to its fleet in Southern California. […]
Things are starting to line up nicely for the first commercial class 2c-3, 2-ton, 12,000 pound truck in the U.S. — the eStar. After signing an agreement with FedEx to test the trucks in a delivery fleet, and then commencing production earlier this year, Navistar has now entered into an agreement with battery supplier A123 […]
Earlier this month Navistar announced it had begun production of the first Class 2c-3, 2-ton, medium-duty commercial electric truck in the U.S. — the eStar. It’s also the same vehicle that FedEx has announced it will be testing for fleet use in LA this year. Now Navistar says that the first market the eStar will […]
Following only 7 months after receiving a $39 million federal stimulus grant to build it, and only 2 months after announcing a partnership with FedEx to provide all-electric parcel delivery trucks, Navistar is showing that it’s ready to commence full scale production of its groundbreaking commercial delivery truck — which now has a name — […]
Today FedEx took the wraps off of its latest alternative vehicle endeavor, unveiling four purpose-built electric delivery trucks for the US market. The four EVs will enter service in the Los Angeles area this June and will take their place among 1,800 other alternative-fuel and -propulsion FedEx vehicles that the company currently has deployed and […]
FedEx Delving Into the World of Electric Cars. Chooses UK-Based Modec for Initial Order of 10 Delivery Vans
Adding to its green fleet of more than 170 hybrid electric delivery vans worldwide, FedEx has decided to try out fully electric vehicles as well with a small group of 10 London-based test trucks. [social_buttons] FedEx has ordered 10 purpose-built zero tailpipe emissions cargo vans from UK-based electric vehicle manufacturer Modec. The new electric trucks […]