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October 17, 2017 - Industry News

W.B. Mason Adds Workhorse Hybrid-Electric Step Van to Fleet

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group

Office products dealer W.B. Mason has taken delivery of its first Workhorse electric, range-extended step van, leased through Ryder System.

Tags: Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, Step Vans

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck to Run Routes in California

Toyota Motor North America has announced that its Project Portal Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck has completed initial testing and development and will begin regular drayage routes at ports in Southern California starting in late October.

Tags: Toyota, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Drayage

October 12, 2017 - Press Release

XL Hybrids Raises $22M to Expand Fleet Business

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has raised an oversubscribed Series D round of $22 million in venture capital funding to expand its sale and distribution of fleet vehicle electrification solutions to major customers across North America.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Venture Capital

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company's vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Global News

VW to Electrify Commercial Trucks in Europe

Volkswagen Truck & Bus revealed the e-Delivery truck and announced additional green initiatives at Innovation Day in Hamburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen has developed a battery-electric powered distribution truck and is working on additional electric solutions for medium- and heavy-duty distribution transport for the European market.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Germany, Navistar, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Solar-Powered Reefer Successfully Tested in California

In addition to eliminating emissions, the Rayfrigeration unit is projected to reduce operations costs by up to 90%. Photo: eNow

The eNow-supplied panels cut emissions and kept dairy products properly refrigerated in summer heat, the company said.

Tags: Solar Power, Reefers, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Trailers

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Motiv to Deliver Electric Refuse Trucks by Early 2018

Image courtsy of Motiv

Motiv expects to deliver two fully electric refuse trucks to the City of Los Angeles by early 2018, the company announced.

Tags: Los Angeles, Emissions Reduction, Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Delays Electric Truck Launch Again

Telsa has opted to move the launch of its electric truck back two weeks in order to focus on fixing Model 3 production issues and assist with power grid repair efforts in Puerto Rico. Image via Tesla

Tesla founder Elon Musk said the company was pushing back the launch of its electric truck in order to help stabilize the power grid in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Concept Vehicles

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Expands Fuel-Efficient Medium-Duty Transmission Tech

Photo of 1000/2000 Series transmission courtesy of Allison.

Allison Transmission has begun offering its xFE fuel-saving technology on two more of its medium-duty transmissions, including the 1000 Series and 2000 Series, the company has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Transmissions, Allison Transmission

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

Photo of SURUS courtesy of GM.

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Military, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, General Motors, Autonomous Vehicles

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Natural Gas Trucks in Europe

The new Volvo FH. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks has introduced two natural gas heavy-duty trucks to the European market that the OEM claims can cut CO2 emissions by 20% to 100%.

Tags: Natural Gas, Volvo Trucks, Biogas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Europe, LNG

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Possible Photo of Tesla’s Electric Truck Leaks on Reddit

Photo via Reddit

A post on the Tesla "subreddit" of Reddit.com shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Buys Large Stake in Pilot Flying J

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway has made a significant minority investment in truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, with plans to become the majority stakeholder by 2023, the companies announced.

Tags: Investment, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 2, 2017 - Product News

New Wheel Covers Hide Fasteners for Optimized Aerodynamics

This clear cover illustrates the attaching mechanism. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Deflecktor has designed a new generation of aerodynamic wheel covers, which it says offer a more aerodynamic shape because the fastening system is entirely contained behind the smooth, aerodynamic wheel cover face.

Tags: Wheels, Aerodynamics, Wheel Ends, NACV Show

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Explores Ways to Keep Fuel Costs Under Control

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank Voyager.

Explore the many ways fuel costs can get out of control and how you can stop it.

Tags: Voyager Fuel Card, Fuel Costs, U.S. Bank, Fuel, Fuel Budgets

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

FlowBelow Offers Quick-Release Aerodynamic Fairing Option

Photo: FlowBelow

FlowBelow has announced a new quick-release fairing option for the company’s Tractor AeroKit system, allowing fleets to quickly remove fairings for easier access.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow

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 28, 2017 - Product News

Allison to Bring 9-Speed Automatic Transmission to Market by 2020

Allison says its 9-speed transmission will be ready by 2020. Photo: Allison

Allison Transmission plans to release the first 9-speed fully automatic transmission in 2020, offering fuel savings and available to help meet the next round of greenhouse gas emissions standards.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, NACV Show, GHG Phase 2

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor to Start Testing Electric Drivetrain Next Year

Meritor's Cheri Lantz explains that the e-carrier is an electric motor designed into a differential carrier. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Meritor announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show that it is developing a platform of electric drive axles and suspensions as well as supporting systems “to position Meritor as a leader in electric solutions for the commercial vehicle market.”

Tags: Meritor, Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Bosch Demonstrates Automated, Connected Tech at NACV

Bosch's 15-inch freely programmable cluster. Photo: Bosch

Bosch showcased its portfolio of commercial vehicle solutions at the North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta, including automated, connected and electrified technologies aimed at improving safety, comfort, and efficiency.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Bosch, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show, Self-Drive

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

Photo by XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

Tags: Ford, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford F-250, Vehicle Modifiers

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar-VW Alliance to Bring Electric Truck, Integrated Powertrain to Market

“Navistar is now writing the next chapter of our story,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Navistar-Volkswagen Truck & Bus Alliance has borne fruit faster than either company expected. Officials announced Monday they will develop a proprietary, integrated powertrain; a common connected vehicle and cloud platform; and an electric-powered Class 6/7 truck.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, International Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show, Class 6

September 25, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Talks Hybrids, Electric Trucks at NACV Show

BorgWarner offers the growing hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market a broad product portfolio to help meet emissions regulations and fuel economy goals. Image: BorgWarner

BorgWarner expects the hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market to see a 32.9% compound annual growth rate, increasing from 49,000 units in 2017 to 115,000 units in 2020.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Reduction, Electric Vehicles, BorgWarner, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson 6x2 Liftable Forward Tandem Axle Available on Cascadia

Image: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems has partnered with Freightliner Trucks to offer the OptiMaax 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle on the new Cascadia, the company announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Hendrickson, Axles, Tandem Axle, Lift Axles, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

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