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December 4, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Proposal to Exempt Gliders from GHG Regs Draws Criticism in Hearing

This ICCT graphic shows per-mile emissions of glider vehicles vs. EPA-2010 trucks. Results derived from testing conducted by EPA's National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory. Results reflect a 95% weighting of highway activity and 5% weighting of transient activity for a test vehicle with a combined weight of 60,000 pounds.

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to roll back the glider kit portion of its greenhouse gas emissions regulations testified Monday that the agency is ignoring its own research and that excepting gliders will put truck and engine makers at a significant competitive disadvantage.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Names New President, Makes Board Changes

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo via LinkedIn.

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of Cummins Westport Inc. The company has also appointed a new board chair and elected new members to the board.

Tags: Cummins, Leadership, Natural Gas Engines, People, Cummins Westport, Westport

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

ACT to Study Potential of Electric Truck Market

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

ACT Research has announced that it is developing a multi-client study, examining the market potential in the U.S. and Canada for electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles through 2035.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota to Build Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure at Calif. Port

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor North America is building what it claims will be the world's first fuel cell power generation play and a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach to support its operations, the company has announced.

Tags: Toyota, L.A. Auto Show, Ports, Hydrogen Fueling Stations

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Electric, Hybrid Trucks to Exceed 1.6 Million Units by 2027

One of the electric trucks that are adding to the growth in future estimates is the Mitsubishi eCanter. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso)

The overall medium- and heavy-duty truck market is projected to continue its reliance on conventional diesel powertrain for the next decade, but hybrid and electric powertrains populations will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 to 1.66 million from 2017 to 2027.

Tags: Truck Sales, Navigant Research, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Electric Trucks

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Form Natural Gas Compressor Company

Photo of a Clean Energy CNG Station courtesy of  Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will form a new standalone company that will supply natural gas compressors to meet the growing demand of transportation fleets that seek solutions to replace diesel.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Joint Venture, Landi Renzo

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Lists Electric Truck at $150K for Base Model

Photo: Tesla

Tesla has posted the prices for its upcoming electric truck, the Tesla Semi, showing an expected price of $150,000 for the base model. A version with a longer range will start at $180,000.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Use of Natural Gas

Ryder operates a fleet of liquified natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks and has now partnered with Clean Energy. (Image courtesy of Business Wire)

Clean Energy will open a station in Georgetown to fuel the trucks that are expected to consume approximately 380,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of liquified natural gas each year.

Tags: Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, Ryder

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Inks Another Huge Contract for Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Photo: UPS

Package-hauling giant UPS signed an agreement with Big Ox Energy to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas per year. UPS said this is the company’s largest investment in RNG to date.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reserves Multiple Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

Photo: Tesla

J.B. Hunt Transportation announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi electric tractors that was unveiled on Nov. 16.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Screen shot from Tesla's live feed unveiling its electric semi.

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

BYD Delivers First All-Electric Side Loader Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of the City of Palo Alto, Calif.

The first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck from BYD was presented to the City of Palo Alto, Calif., and GreenWaste, the city's waste hauler service provider.

Tags: BYD, Refuse Fleets, Waste Management, Electric Trucks

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Emails Offer Glimpse Inside Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

HDT file photo

In the early days of the Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Fraud trial, a former sales director’s testimony and emails have given jurors a look at the fraud operation from the inside.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Crime, Rebates, Trial, Truckstops

November 14, 2017 - Product News

WEX to Launch Chip-Based Fleet Card in 2019

Photo courtesy of WEX.

WEX Inc. will begin offering a more secure chip-based payment card to its fleet customers in 2019 and plans to test the new card in 2018, according to the company.

Tags: WEX, Fuel Cards, Big Data, Mileage Reports, Fuel Costs

November 13, 2017 - Product News

XStream Offers Speed-Sensitive Trailer Gap Aerodynamic Device

XStream Trucking says that in addition to fuel savings, drivers report a much smoother ride in crosswinds with its TruckWing trailer gap device deployed. Photo: XStream Trucking

XStream Trucking says its new, speed-sensitive, TruckWings trailer gap aerodynamic system can deliver fuel savings while reducing emissions.

Tags: Emissions, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Report Cites Twin Trailers, Platooning to Cut Fuel Consumed by Long-Haul Trucks

Source: Securing America's Future Energy

Securing America's Future Energy found that long-haul trucks account for 13% of daily petroleum consumption. Its new report says adopting 33-foot twin trailers and platooning technologies in the trucking industry could help save fuel and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

Tags: Legislation, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Efficiency, Truck Platooning

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Siemens Begins Zero-Emissions Highway Testing in California

Three different types of trucks are being tested: one battery-electric truck, a clean natural-gas hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel-hybrid truck. Photo: Siemens

Overhead power lines deliver electric power to test trucks on a stretch of zero-emissions highway being evaluated by Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District near Long Beach, California.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Smart Highways, TransPower, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Issues Proposal to Pull Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

A  new glider kit fitted with an old engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule on Nov. 9 that would repeal emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Sources Fuel Cell Suppliers

Image via Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has officially named Bosch and PowerCell AB as the primary suppliers of its fuel cells for the upcoming Nikola Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Fuel Cell, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Convert Diesel Delivery Trucks to Electric

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) plan to use new technology to convert UPS package delivery vehicles from diesel to electric, UPS has announced.

Tags: UPS, Electric Trucks, Delivery Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Conversion

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder’s Scott Perry Goes to Nikola

Perry

Scott Perry, who’s been with Ryder System for more than 25 years, has joined Nikola Motors as chief operating officer, where he will help bring the company's fuel-cell-electric Class 8 truck to market.

Tags: Ryder System, People, Nikola Motor Company

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System.

Tags: Workhorse, E-GEN, Drones

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Trial Begins

HDT file photo

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J officials accused of fuel rebate fraud started this week. The prosecution and defense offered opening statements in a Tennessee courtroom, with prosecutors painting a picture of an alleged culture of deceit at the company.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Crime, Trial

November 7, 2017 - Global News

China's JAC Motors Launches Electric Truck Line

Photo: JAC Motors

China’s JAC Motors recently launched a JAC Electric Trucks operation.

Tags: China, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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