Fuel Smarts

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The powertrain on this truck is scaled for short-haul service, working at a drayage facility where it will run 30-50 miles per day.

Photos: Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport

Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport is a heavy-duty truck with a hydrogen fuel cell-powered battery-electric powertrain, capable of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Photos: Jim Park


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There's no engine up front. Instead, the Semi's "hood" opens up to reveal a luggage and storage bay. Photo: Tesla

Photos: Tesla Semi Unveiling

The much-anticipated Tesla Semi electric truck finally debuted at a splashy launch ceremony in Los Angeles -- and HDT was there!

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Trucks waiting to go on a test run near Long Beach, California. Photo: Siemens

Siemens eHighway Trials in California [Photos]

Siemens has begun testing a zero-emissions highway concept in California that allows trucks to use diesel engines part of the time and run on electric power supplied by overhead power lines to save fuel and reduce emissions.

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Chanje is building the van in a partnership with Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles Limited.

Chanje's Medium-Duty Electric Van

Chanje Energy unveiled its Class 5 battery-electric commercial van at an Oct. 18 media and customer event in Fullerton, Calif. The vehicle provides 100 miles of electric range with 3,000 pounds of payload, and can reach a top speed of 80 mph. Read more here. Photos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, and Amy Hercher.

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The Cummins integrated electrified powertrain was built by Roush with a design inspired by Cummins.

Cummins' All-Electric Tractor Prototype in Photos

Cummins' new electric truck is a highly stylized concept and technology demonstrator called Aeos, which is the name of one of the four-winged horses from Greek mythology that drive the chariot of the Sun God, Helios, across the sky each day. Photos: Jim Park

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Cab-over-engine configuration (though there is no engine as such) helps add interior space. Black cabinet houses hydrogen storage bottles.

The Nikola One Launch Event [Photos]

The unveiling of the Nikola One hydrogen-electric long-haul tractor generated intense curiosity from truck operators, suppliers, and the trucking press. The vehicle's design does away with the traditional diesel and gear-heavy drivetrain in favor of electric propulsion from a hydrogen fuel cell that provides a range of 1,200 miles. Photos: Tom Berg

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A new Freightliner Cascadia awaits its fuel test run at US Xpress headquarters in Chattanooga, TN.

Pit Tests Fuel Economy With U.S. Xpress [Photos]

The Pit Group is working with U.S. Xpress to test and verify emerging powertrain, fuel efficiency, and safety technology, as well as trucking-specific best practices both in the shop and in the cab. Photos: Jack Roberts

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New Freightliner Cascadia: A Closer Look [Photos]

Freightliner's new Cascadia was revealed formally on Thursday, September 1. Reporters were told more about the truck and they had to opportunity ride in one and take photos. Equipment Editor Jim Park has these photos from press day.  

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Toby Faulkner, director of New Cascadia development, presents 12 of the first trucks representing the top 12 fleets in North America.

First Look at Freightliner's Newest Cascadia

Freightliner Trucks revealed its next-generation Cascadia model for 2017 on Aug. 31, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The official launch date is Sept. 1, but Freightliner threw back the curtain a few hours early with 12 trucks in fleet colors as a tribute to the largest customers in the Cascadia stable. Jim Park was there and has these photos.

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Steve Mercier, PIT Group engineer, fueling up auxiliary tanks that are used to accurately ‎measure fuel consumption during Energotest runs.

Photos: PIT Group Energotest, Spring 2016

During the PIT Group’s Energotest, the engineering and research group tests and evaluates a wide range of products focused on providing improved fuel efficiency for the North American commercial vehicle market. Photos courtesy of PIT Group.

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