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November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Hit Highest Point in Over 2 Years

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased to its highest point since June of 2015. Crude oil prices also experienced a similar spike after news broke of a corruption scandal in Saudi Arabia.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse to Unveil N-Gen Drone Delivery Platform at CES

The SureFly Octocopter and W-15 pickup will be shown at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group has announced that it will unveil the N-Gen low delivery-platform electric van with an integrated HorseFly drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Future Trucks

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Electric Vans Unveiled

The Chanje van on the streets of Brooklyn. The U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles. Photo: Jim Park

Chanje is here. The Los Angeles-based electric vehicle supplier (pronounced “change”) officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje, Chanje Energy

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Taking Delivery of 125 Chanje Electric Vans

Photo: Chanje

Ryder System has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric-powered panel vans as part of the company’s exclusive sales and service partnership with Chanje Energy, which was announced in August.

Tags: Vans, Leased Vehicles, Ryder System, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Studies Effectiveness of Driver Training

Photo: PIT Group

Driver fuel efficiency and safety training is only effective if it includes refresher courses, according to results from a recent PIT Group study on driver training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, PIT Group, Driver Coaching, Drivers

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural Gas Sales Flat So far this Year

Refuse fleets were the most dominant market for natural gas Class 8 trucks this year. Photo: Waste Management

The sales of Class 8, natural gas-powered trucks were flat through August year-to-date in the U.S. and Canada, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Refuse Fleets, Alternative Fuels

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Latest Mack Updates Target Refuse Industry

Mack Trucks LR and TerraPro models are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine. Photos: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks announced updates to its LR and TerraPro models for the waste and recycling industries, offering a natural gas engine option and more ergonomic seating, and signing a deal with Lytx to explore the DriveCam in-cab camera system.

Tags: DriveCam, Natural Gas Engines, Mack Trucks, Cummins Westport, Lytx, Refuse Fleets, Seats

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Photo courtesy of LightningSystems

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

Tags: Conversion, Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Lightning Systems, Vehicle Modifiers

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Photo: Jim Park

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Offers Charging for Its Electric Delivery Van

The Chanje V8070 provides 100 miles of electric range with 3,000 pounds of payload, and can reach a top speed of 80 mph.

Chanje, an electric delivery van maker, and eMotorWerks, a charging solutions provider, will partner to deliver a smart charging platform to commercial fleet customers.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid, Chanje

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Platooning, Electrified Cascadia in the Works at Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen talks to reporters during the ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – Advanced technology, from platooning to electric trucks – both of which you'll be seeing soon from the nation's biggest truck maker – was a key topic of a reporter roundtable with Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Battery-Electric Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2017 - Industry News

FlowBelow Offers Aero Product for Trailer Tandems

ORLANDO - FlowBelow Aero is adding a trailer-based aerodynamic product for the trailer tandem and is expanding its OEM offerings in the aftermarket with the launch of its Elite Dealer Program.

Tags: Aerodynamics, FlowBelow, ATA MC&E, Trailer Aerodynamics

October 19, 2017 - Product News

QuikQ Launches Fuel Card Platform at Major Truckstops

QuikQ has secured merchant agreements for its Fuel Card platform with Love’s Travel Stops, TravelCenters of America, and Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Fuel Management, Truckstops, Fuel Cards

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Axle for Trucks Saves Up to 15% in Fuel, Hyliion Says

Green-painted Hyliion 6X4HE components include the motorized rear axle, lithium-ion battery pack, electronic controls, and electric APU.

The Hyliion 6X4HE system, which includes an electric APU that saves another 12% in fuel, is being tested by three major fleets.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Electrical Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, APUs, Hyliion

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Tags: CARB, CARB Certification, Vehicle Modifiers, Ford E-Series, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Natural Gas Vehicles

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, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected 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

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