Meet “FutureTruck”, the result of an AirFlow Truck Company project to develop a more aerodynamic over-the-road truck which, the truck’s designers claim, would cut fuel consumption and harmful carbon emissions by as much as 50%. FutureTruck’s design process was heavily dependent on CFD software, which moves some pretty heavy numbers to determine the path air […]
Earlier this week, A123 systems announced that the company had been tapped to provide high-capacity (up to 45 kWh!) li-ion battery packs for the upcoming Smith Newton 7.5 ton, medium-duty commercial truck – which already sees service in fleets owned by such diverse outfits as Pepsi, Staples, and the US Marines Corp. One of my […]
I often lament on this blog the lack of a small diesel truck in America, and while I may not get my diesel Ford Ranger, Nissan and Cummins are cooking up a four-cylinder diesel that could be a game changer. Cummins engines are most often found under the hood of heavy construction equipment and Dodge […]
Is there anything dirtier than garbage collection? Not if the French have something to say about it. Starting next week, electric garbage trucks will start patrolling the Parisian suburb of Courebevoie. Garbage collection has never been so quiet. French electric company PVI joined with garbage truck designer and built Semat to build this electric garbage […]
An independent UK study recently showed that increasing the overall length of commercial trucks could dramatically reduce overall emissions without compromising safety. The study (available for download here) showed that a 2 meter increase in maximum length (without an increase in maximum weight) could “increase capacity for haulers transporting lightweight goods by up to 13%, […]
In an ideal universe, I would be writing a post about Scania’s new, “Euro6” family of 13.0 liter turbodiesel engines on Friday the 13th, but it looks like Wednesday the 13th is as good as it’s gonna get for this one. That’s not a bad thing, though – the new 440 and 480 hp Scanias […]
Last week, Ford announced that it would be resurrecting the discontinued 6.8L V10 gasoline engine for service in the 2012 F-650 commercial truck … a move which, to me, seems baffling. Keep in mind, we’re not talking about consumer vehicles here. Instead, we’re talking about medium-duty trucks and chassis cabs (class 4-7) in general, which […]
What you see here is Chevy’s newly-available, 4-tank CNG commercial van. This was news last year, but despite that, this is the first one we’d seen “in the flesh”. So, when one of GM’s marketing reps realized we were ignoring the ZL1 Camaro launch (by which time we had – ahem – already gotten the […]
If ever a vehicle needed a hybrid version, it’s the American pickup. Ram built 140 plug-in pickups with a 20 mile EV range and 65% better fuel economy for testing with fleet operators. But will it ever come to market?
For many companies, fuel is a huge overhead factor that drives up the cost of doing business. So it should come as no surprise that hybrid commercial vehicles could be the biggest growing hybrid market, according to a new survey.
It’s a vision of the future, but it’s closer than you may think. A black ribbon of tarmac threading its way past industrial and commercial centres with regular stop off points for renewable energy transport. Local towns use their waste and biomass to produce ethanol and EVs can recharge or do battery swaps as and […]
In the United States, Smith Electric Vehicles—headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri—is a relatively obscure commercial electric truck builder that’s only been around for a few years. But in Europe, Smith Electric Vehicles UK has been building electric vehicles for more than 80 years. In fact, they are currently the largest manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles […]
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 […]
Tractor trailers use a lot of gas. The trucking industry and related professions also employ a lot of people, and are a vital link in our supply chain that gets us food, electronics… just about everything from production to the store. We need trucks, and we need truckers… but we need those trucks to be […]
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 — […]