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February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Sneak Peek at Zero-Emissions Transport Truck

Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport heavy-duty truck can haul 80,000 lb at 30-50 mph a distance of 30-50 miles; an ideal setup for port drayage service. Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth's latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT), is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Equipment Editor Jim Park got to take the truck for a spin.

Tags: Kenworth, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Drayage, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Arizona Location for Hydrogen-Electric Truck Headquarters

Nikola spent 12 months considering 30 site locations in nine states, before settling on Buckeye, Arizona. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has selected Buckeye, Arizona, for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Global, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Geely Holding, Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Pitt Ohio, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Certify Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine

ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport announced that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have certified the 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, GHG Phase 2, Emissions Reduction

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor CEO Predicts Electrified Future

Cummins showed off its new electric concept truck at the NACV show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

“There is a sea change in our industry with regard to electrification of the drivetrain,” said Jay Craig, CEO of Meritor, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Meritor, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Developing Electric Truck Powertrain with Bosch

The Nikola Two daycab verison of the hydrogen electric truck. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company and Bosch have teamed up to develop an electric powertrain designed for Nikola’s long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Powertrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hydrogen, Nikola Motor Company, Bosch, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

August 28, 2015 - Product News

Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking

Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Investing $70 Million in Propane Delivery Trucks

UPS invested $70 million in 1,000 propane delivery trucks.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- United Parcel Service will buy 1,000 propane-fueled "package cars" for use in rural areas following successful test in Georgia.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, NTEA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Dropping 15-Liter LNG Engine for North America

Natural gas truck engine producer Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its North American 15-liter model after Nov. 15., citing weak sales.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Westport, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference: Gridlock, Obama, and What it Means for Green Fleets

The attractive price of natural gas fuel, like that used in this bi-fuel Ford F-550, could put pressure on other "green" alternatives.

PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.

Tags: Regulations, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

California Adds Funding for Cleaner-Burning Trucks

The California Air Resources Board announced millions more in funding for state programs to help truckers comply with the state's emissions regulations through its Truck Loan Assistance Program and its Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Boulder Electric Vehicle Demonstrates Vehicle-to-Grid Charging Across the Nation

Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated its Vehicle-to-Grid all-electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California.

Tags: Boulder EV, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EVs

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Eaton Drops Hydraulic Hybrid System

Eaton's Hydraulic Launch Assist was well-suited to the refuse market, but natural gas seems to have overtaken hybrids in this market.

Eaton recently discontinued its Hydraulic Launch Assist system, a parallel hydraulic hybrid well-suited to the stop-and-go world of refuse trucks. That leaves the RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid drive system from Parker to serve the market, where both systems had built up some market share.

Tags: Refuse Fleets, Eaton, Parker Hannifin, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 6, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Cascadia 113 Compressed Natural Gas Tractor Walk-around

Heavy Duty Trucking's Equipment Editor Jim Park takes you on a walk-around tour of the new Cascadia 113 tractor equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine and a 115 DGE compressed natural gas fuel storage system.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds Sleepers, Aero, Long-range Tanks to NG Lineup

As interest in natural gas power broadens, Freightliner is adding options that appeal to fleets wanting greater range and fuel savings technologies. The company plans to increase the operating range of some natural-gas-fueled trucks out to 800 miles.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Agility Fuel Systems, Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

KW Exec: Natural Gas Gaining Popularity but Diesel Will Still Dominate

“Fair amount of complexity” comes with dual-fuel Westport GX/HD, as on this T800. It has a tank for diesel exhaust fluid (with blue cap) and a diesel particulate filter (the shorter stack behind the cab), as well as large cryogenic saddle tanks (one on each side) to store liquefied natural gas.

CORRECTED -- Kenworth Truck Co. sees a lot of promise in natural gas-powered vehicles, so it featured them last week at gatherings for dealers, customers and trade press writers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. But diesel-powered trucks form a huge majority of those on the road and will continue to dominate the Class 8 business, one of the company’s executives commented to reporters.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Natural Gas, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Big UPS Order for NG Tractors Follows 300 Million Successful ‘Green’ Miles

At the ACT Expo in Washington, D.C., Mack displayed a Pinnacle tractor like the 122 just ordered by UPS. It has a Cummins ISX12 G engine that runs on liquefied natural gas instead of compressed NG.

United Parcel Service is so committed to using low-emissions fuels that all of the 700 Class 8 vehicles it has ordered for delivery late this year and into 2014 will run on liquefied natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, UPS, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 7, 2013 - Industry News

DOE Grant Will Help Deploy 120 Plug-in Hybrid Work Trucks

Odyne Systems, which makes hybrid systems for large trucks, will be able to deploy more than 120 plug-in hybrid work trucks for municipalities and utilities, thanks to a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy award.

Tags: Odyne, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Light & Medium, Batteries

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

Determining Best Fuel-Saving Technology Focus of Southeast HTUF Event

Parts from NGV Systems' diesel/natural gas hybrid retrofit kit on a Cummins ISX engine powering a KW T-2000.

Figuring out what fuel saving technology is right for your fleet and getting a chance to test drive some of the latest in these innovations was the focus of the first Southeast Regional Fleet Workshop of the High-Efficiency Truck Users in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.

Tags: CALSTART, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, EVs

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Sells RV Business, Drops eStar Van as Part of Its Turnaround Plan

Navistar discontinued its eStar electric van.

UPDATED-- Navistar Inc. announced that it has sold parts of its recreational vehicle business to Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading producer of RVs as well as fire & emergency and commercial & industrial vehicles to worldwide markets.

Tags: Navistar, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, EVs

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