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April 5, 2018 - Global News

Chinese Joint Venture Announces Autonomous Truck Development Project

G7 founder and CEO Xuehun Zhai. Photo: G7<br />

G7 Networks says its new joint venture with other Chinese firms will seek to develop autonomous-driven electric heavy-duty trucks that are highly efficient, safe and easy to manage.

Tags: China, Alternative Fuels, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Jabs Tesla - Vows to Return Pre-Production Deposit Money

In a recent tweet apparently aimed at Tesla, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need customer deposits to run its business. Photo: Tom Berg

In a Tweet on April 4, 2018, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need deposit money to operate its busines – an apparent jab at Tesla's long-rumored financial troubles.

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

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Inks Agreement to Develop Composite Materials for Class 8 Trucks

Navistar&#39;s agreement to explore composite materials for Class 8 trucks comes on the heels of the company&#39;s SuperTruck II project. Photo: Jack Roberts

Navistar has signed an agreement with TPI Composites to design and develop Class 8 trucks with lighter-weight frame rails and body panels crafted from composite materials.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, Fiberglass Composites, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Composites

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla&#39;s Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Tesla, Future Trucks, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement

Scania cabover tractor-trailers conduct a platooning test on a track in Europe. Photo: Scania

European truck OEM Scania has inked what it calls a "landmark" agreement to begin testing platooning operations on Scandinavian highways.

Tags: Scania, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Details Emerge on Tesla's Planned Electric Truck Charging Network

According to a Reuters report, Tesla is working with several leading North American fleets to install a network of electric truck charging stations. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by Reuters indicates Tesla is working with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS to put an electric truck charging network in place ahead of the truck's start of production next year.

Tags: Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, UPS, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Future Trucks

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

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

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 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

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company&#39;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

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Test Mitsubishi Fuso's All-Electric Cabover

Mitsubishi Fuso&#39;s all-electric eCanter truck has a daily range of approximately 60 miles, based on configuration.  Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Three of the new all-electric trucks will be deployed in North America by UPS for testing and evaluation.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, UPS, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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: Mass Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Buses

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: Technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Bosch Shows off Concept of Trucking Future at IAA

Bosch&#39;s VisionX project details what trucks and the driver&#39;s job may look like in a decade. Photo: Bosch

Bosch shared its vision of the truck of the next decade, and showed off its latest advanced technology, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: IAA, Driver Assistance Systems, Bosch, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

These two tractor trailer combinations were used to demonstrate platooning technology by Peloton Technology during an event outside Reno May 8. Photo: Jim Beach

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Information Technology, Future Trucks

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, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks

November 24, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers Peek Into Future At SAE

Nov. 25 – Freightliner President and CEO Jim Hebe spoke about the future of trucking and of Freightliner products at the Society of Automotive Engineers annual Truck and Bus meeting last week in Indianapolis – a future that includes fuel cells, more aerodynamic trailers, voice-activated accessories, side air bags and collision avoidance technologies, among others

Tags: Freightliner, Future Trucks

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