Cummins unveiled its Class 7 short range electric truck power train this week. Scheduled for production in 2019, it will feature a 145 kWh battery and one hour charge time.
7-11 has contract Toyota to develop an exclusive line of hydrogen fuel cell powered delivery trucks. The move is part of a larger effort by 7-11 to reduce its carbon emissions in Japan and promote more environmentally friendly vehicles, in general. The delivery trucks, themselves, will be built by Toyota’s Hino Motors unit. They will […]
Mitusbishi FUSO and Freightliner, both divisions of Daimler, are busy working on electric truck products for light and medium duty use.
UPS will begin field testing plug-in hybrid delivery vans with an on board fuel cell for extended range operations in Sacramento this year.
Piper Jaffray analysts warned this week that share prices of legacy truck manufacturer PACCAR, engine maker Cummins, and transmission maker Alison could be put under pressure by the Tesla Semi electric truck.
Elon Musk has tweeted that the Tesla Semi will make an appearance in September. That’s good news for the environment.
When no manufacturer wanted its business, DHL designed its own electric delivery van. Now it is doubling production and selling its products to other companies. Hello, disruption!
As exciting as the coming era of electric cars is, with its promise of swift, silent, emissions-free transportation for all, the truth is that trucks are some of the biggest polluters on the road. According to the US Department of Transportation, nearly 50% of all emissions from the transportation sector are attributable to light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks. So where are all the electric trucks? When will you be able to buy an electric truck? What’s going on in the electric truck startup world? For the purposes of this discussion, we will look at four categories of electric trucks — light-duty trucks, delivery trucks, freight trucks, and trash trucks.
Elon Musk says Tesla Motors is working on an electric semi truck that will revolutionize the freight industry and cut diesel emissions. Can he do it?
The Department of Transportation SuperTruck program is paying off with new and better technology that helps big rigs maximize their fuel economy while reducing carbon emissions. It now offers predictive cruise control technology as an option on its ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 tractors. The proprietary system uses pre-installed GPS maps and the latest commercial route data to […]
A tractor trailer concept from Volvo is claimed to use 30% less fuel, thanks to higher aerodynamic efficiency, lower weight and low rolling resistance tires.
Nikola Motors is working on a hybrid electric tractor that will use a turbine powered by compressed natural gas to extend range to as much as 1,200 miles.
Southern California ports will soon start using 47 new electric and diesel electric plug-in hybrid drayage trucks to move cargo containers from ships to distribution centers and rail yards to reduce air pollution in the area.
Hyliion is a start up company that makes a hybrid axle for semi-trailers. It uses regenerative braking to recapture some of the trailer’s kinetic energy to be re-used later. It takes less than an hour to install.
Canada has agreed this week to adopt the proposed Phase 2 standards for heavy trucks that will go into effect soon. Harmonizing standards on both sides of the border is good for the environment and for manufacturers.
Reports of a battery for an electric tractor trailer with 400 mile range appear to be inaccurate.
Via EV Obsession: The world’s first commercial Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight trucks/vehicles was recently unveiled by Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL. The new system can reportedly reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 15–25% — depending upon traffic circumstances and terrain. The new Adgero Hybrid System is composed of a bank […]
Siemens is building an electric highway for trucks in an industrial region of Sweden. The pilot program will cut emissions and fuel use by 50% says Siemens.
BMW and SCHERM (new to me, too) have just put into service a 40-ton (think about that for a second) battery-electric truck that will be used for material transport. The truck will be used for a one-year pilot to examine how this shizzah works. To be specific, the truck is a Terberg YT202-EV electric tractor. 8 […]
The Freightliner Inspiration autonomous truck with Highway Pilot has been licensed for use in Nevada. It controls speeds and keeps a safe distance ahead.