In the US, Mercedes means high end passenger cars. But Daimler, the parent company that owns Mercedes Benz, is also heavily involved in the medium and heavy duty truck business both here and abroad. In addition to its Mercedes Benz truck division, Daimler also owns Freightliner, Mitsubishi Fuso, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses. Mercedes has […]
Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that progress is being made on the Tesla Semi truck project headed by Jerome Guillen, but nothing is being allowed to stand in the way of launching the Model 3 on time.
Update: XL Hybrids advises that the installation of the XLP plug-in hybrid system is done by a third party upfitter. The story has been amended to reflect this new information. XL Hybrids has received an order from San Diego Gas & Electric for 110 plug-in hybrid pickup trucks equipped with the companies new XLP system. The […]
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.
A class action suit has been filed against Fiat Chrysler and Cummins alleging they deliberately misled consumers about the emissions and fuel economy of Dodge 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks with diesel engines.
Nikola Motors says its Nikola One is a zero emission Class 8 freight truck with a hydrogen fuel cell to extend range up to 1,200 miles. The company say it will begin building hydrogen refueling stations in 2018.
Volvo’s Iron Knight set a world speed record for heavy duty trucks in June. The custom built racer has a 13 liter engine with 2,400 horsepower and 4,425 lb-ft of torque.
Workhorse makes plug-in hybrid delivery vans for UPS. It says it will have a plug-in hybrid all wheel drive pickup truck on the market by 2018. The major manufacturers have been promising this for years but always failed to deliver.
People around the world love American culture. Movies, music, blue jeans — if its says USA on it, people can’t get enough of it. The same thing is true, apparently, when it comes to automobiles. The American mania for pickup trucks has surreptitiously infected the consciousness of people all over the world. They, too, want […]
Otto, a San Francisco start-up purchased recently by Uber, has completed the first delivery of Budweiser beer in a Level 4 autonomous driving tractor trailer.
DHL has designed and developed an electric delivery van for intra-urban use. It plans to begin manufacturing them and selling them to other companies starting in 2017.
Heavy duty pickup trucks are exempt from reporting fuel economy numbers to regulators and buyers. That made sense once but not any more.
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 partnership between UQM, Eaton, and Pi Innovo is working on bringing an innovative new electric powertrain for medium and heavy duty trucks to market. A two speed transmission will help lower costs.
Trucks, those road going behemoths that spew millions of tons of diesel related junk into the air every year, are essential to the global economy. If it’s in your home, it probably spent some time being hauled by truck from the factory to the store where you bought it.