In the wake of the VW diesel emissions scandal that has already cost the company billions, consumers and fleets are turning to electric cars in droves.
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A new white paper from the Edison Electric Institute makes the case that utility companies can get a “quadruple win” by converting their fleets to electric.
Volvo’s heavy truck division recently revealed a new dual-clutch transmission designed to smooth up shifts and reduce wear and tear on HD commercial trucks.
Surprise, surprise – XL Hybrids is still around, and they’re doing great, picking up big name clients like FedEx, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi and getting more MPG!
Via Motors EV Truck Manufacturing Plant Opened In Mexico (via EV Obsession) VIA Motors, makers of the VTRUX brand of extended-range plug-in trucks, just launched its first high-volume electric vehicle assembly plant this week, located in a new facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The facility — which is strategically placed…
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved AMP’s Workhorse E-100 commercial electric van for rebates and incentives of up to $60,000. Per van.
Even with strong marketing and gov’t incentives combined with the promise of zero-emissions and international media support for companies to switch to electric vans, “the demand is virtually nonexistent,” according to Mercedes-Benz.
Big rig trucks rule America’s highways, and their big diesel engines – and their accompanying smoke stacks – are some of the biggest polluters in the nation. The modern semi engine is significantly cleaner than the last generations’ rigs, for sure, but the sheer volume of trucks and the extreme miles they cover annually still […]
After showing off a CNG-powered Chevy van at auto shows for the last few years (the same CNG-powered Chevy van), GM has announced that production of their CNG/gasoline “bi-fuel” commercial trucks has – finally! – begun. The new bi-fuel CNG trucks, powered by a 6.0 liter version of the company’s OHV “small-block” V8, will be […]
Goodyear has announced a new line of self-inflating tires for commercial vehicles. The company’s innovative new tires make use of a new system that Goodyear calls “Air Maintenance Technology” (AMT), which automatically keeps tires inflated to their optimum pressure.
Vespa’s APE three-wheeler is a 3rd-world workhorse of the first order, combining low cost, easy maintenance, high utility, and globally available parts into a package that is tough to beat (just as the Tata Nano guys). In some markets, the APE (and APE-type vehicles) are generically referred to as “Tuk Tuks”, and that’s what you’re […]
Last week, over-the-road truck manufacturer Peterbilt showed off its new line of natural-gas-powered trucks to a select group of its dealers and influential (read: wealthy) fleet-owners at their “Natural Gas Leadership” event in Texas. The show-going crowd was able to investigate a variety of converted semis and learn about CNG refueling strategies and return on […]
This past Thursday, telecom giant AT&T re-committed to its stated goal of putting 15,000 CNG-powered vehicles into operation by 2018, reaching the milestone of 5000 commercial CNG vehicles in service a few weeks ago and putting 274 CNG trucks and vans into service in Connecticut alone (the photo, above, is of Congressman John Larson and […]
Andersen Windows‘ delivery trucks have hit the highways, and they’re being fueled by compressed natural gas that, the company believes, will save them over $25,000 per year at today’s gas prices. Per truck. More than enough, in other words, to make back the $40000 premium on CNG trucks compared to their conventional counterparts. At $5/gallon? […]
Before we get on into what’s new at Chicago, let’s take a few minutes to talk about what’s not new. To do that, we’ll need to think back to February, 2011. “New” GM had been under the protectful umbrella of the Obama administration since the ’09 bankruptcy, spending all manner of taxpayer dollars in preparation […]
Thinking about a DIY conversion to get your guzzler of petroleum and on to CNG? You’ll need a tank to store the pressurized gas – and now, thanks to CNG Cylinders International, you won’t be limited by a small storage cylinder. It may not be a sexy CNG-powered supercar or an ultra-clean, ultra-slick CNG Civic, […]
Most electric vehicles don’t go quite as far on a single charge as a standard car goes on a tank of gas, yet – but that’s changing fast! New EV range records seem to be set every week, and a small start-up company from Bochum just upped the range ante again. BEA-tricks, spearheaded by engineer […]
Truck owners represent a huge chunk of all vehicle traffic, and – when it comes to gas prices – they’re in a tougher spot than the guy driving a big luxury sedan or sportscar. They need a truck, in other words, to get to work or just get by, whereas the guy in the Viper […]
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, […]
A mainstream switch to non-petroleum fuels won’t be possible without the support of commercial fleets and over-the-road truck buyers, which account for a huge percentage of total miles driven. These truck fleets depend on a solid infrastructure in order to effectively schedule their job-critical operations, however, and (quite understandably) will hesitate to adopt any alternative […]