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March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Deborah Lockridge

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

Tags: Technician Training, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, TMC, UPS, Maintenance Management, Alternative Fuels

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can the Electrical Grid Handle Electric Trucks?

Demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it? Photo: Trekphiler via Creative Commons

By Jim Park

Very few new power plants have been built in the U.S. in the past 10 years, yet demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it?

Tags: Infrastructure, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zero Emissions Vehicles Can Still Impact the Environment

Zero emissions vehicles are only as clean as the electrical grid they draw power from. Photo via Tony Webster on Flickr

By Jim Park

When people speak of zero-emissions vehicles, they are really referring to tailpipe emissions. But what about upstream emissions from power plants, especially those that burn coal?

Tags: Emissions, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is There an Electric Truck In Your Near Future?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With all the talk about trucking's electric future, it's important to remember that trucks will be drinking diesel for a long time to come, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Does it Cost to Operate a Battery Electric Truck?

Determining the operating costs for electric trucks can be difficult because electric equivalents to “fuel economy” ratings are not published for commercial vehicles. Photo: TransPower

By Jim Park

Calculating the cost of operating an electric vehicle can be complicated because electricity prices fluctuate far more frequently than diesel fuel.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Economy, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack: Path to Electrification is Not Straight to Linehaul

By John G. Smith

Mack Trucks continues to see a healthy future for diesel engines, even as alternatives like electrification begin to emerge.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Could Tesla Solve EV Range Issues With Battery Swapping System?

Tesla has filed a patent for a hoist system capable of swapping out electric vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes. Image via Tesla

By Jack Roberts

Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Batteries, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Tesla Semi

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nikola Motor CEO Compares Truck Manufacturers to Kodak

Photo: Tom Berg

By Today's Trucking

Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton said that the Nikola One's hydrogen-powered electric motor could change the industry in the same way digital cameras changed photography.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor

Orange EV’s T-Series terminal tractor looks and works just like a diesel, but its fully electric drive system produces no emissions and can save up to 90% over existing fuel and maintenance costs. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Terminal Tractors, Electric Trucks, Test Drive

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Chassis Recycling Among Nikola Motor's Plans

Fuel bottles are in a cabinet behind the cab to allow access for required pressure-vessel inspections. Hydrogen is as safe to handle as compressed natural gas and possibly safer than gasoline, Trevor Milton asserted.

By Tom Berg

A "cab replacement program" will enable Nikola fuel cell-electric chassis to be reused "over and over again," the company's founder said, answering one of many questions answered at the launch event last month.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Available in Hybrid and Electric Drive Systems

Many of Odyne’s hybrid systems go into utility service trucks, where they work cleanly and  silently on job sites. Public utilities, municipalities and other high-profile fleets are still interested in cutting emissions and fuel use, the manufacturer says. Photo: Odyne Systems

By Tom Berg

Interest has waned in the face of low fuel prices, but ‘price points’ are lower and the business remains active.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

By Tom Berg

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

Tags: Trailers, Tandem Axle, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Transpower's Electric Heavy-Duty Tractor

TransPower’s ElecTruck could change the way we view electric trucks.

By Jim Park

The totally electric ElecTruck could change the way we view electric vehicles in the Class 8 space.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E Electrifies Its Sustainability Efforts

Photo: PG&E

By Adam Pringle

PG&E has proposed the building of 25,000 public EV chargers throughout California. Along with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, it is waiting for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Tags: Sustainability, PG&E, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Electric Truck Future

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

We’ve been flirting with electric trucks for an awfully long while now but they remain limited in applications. This is not to say the electric truck idea is dead. Far from it.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Wrightspeed

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains

Ian Wright

By Steven Martinez

Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fleet Technology Expo, Wrightspeed, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving on Kilowatts

The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.

By Tom Berg

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

Tags: California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Tags: Green Fleets, Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest

EVI assembled 100 electric-drive vans for UPS using FCCC glider kits, and 15 cab-chassis trucks for Frito-Lay from Freightliner M2 gliders.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at the state of the electric truck market as fleets struggle to balance benefits with economics.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Boulder Electric Vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fuel Smarts

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Company Installs Electric Drive in Heavy-Duty Drayage Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge

California-based TransPower has installed its ElecTruck battery-electric drive system into the second of eight trucks of this design that it plans to convert this year and place into drayage service near the L.A./Long Beach ports.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vehicles Zoom in Indy

By Tom Berg

Is electricity a fuel? Sure, even if we call it “power.” Electricity itself is far cheaper than any petroleum or gaseous fuel, and the motors it powers have many advantages for propulsion – high efficiency, tremendous torque, quietness and cleanliness, at least in the vehicle itself.

Tags: Ram ProMaster, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zenith

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Staples Runs Electric Trucks in its Fleet

Short routes with many stops, including some in downtown Los Angeles, are ideal for Staples’ Smith Newton electric trucks.

By Tom Berg

Getting office-supply products to Staples’ 2,000-plus stores around the world and directly to business customers takes more than pushing an Easy button, even if Mike Payette, director for fleet equipment, has four of the advertising-theme props, “in four languages,” on his desk.

Tags: Smith Newton, Staples, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Orders Electric-Powered Heavy Trash Trucks

By Tom Berg

The City of Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first in the nation, according to one of the companies that won the official bid

Tags: Going Green, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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