Renewable natural gas (RNG) seems like a tidy solution for trucking, and we need to double our efforts to get off the diesel train as soon as we can.
MONTREAL, Que. – The annual Movin’On Summit is a free-flowing think tank of sorts, sharing ideas about sustainable transportation against a backdrop that looks something like the setting for a post-apocalyptic movie. Maybe the exhibit at a modern art museum.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Diesel and gasoline are clearly the most common fuels used by Canadian trucks, but many people might be surprised to discover that the third most widely used transportation fuel is something other than natural gas. It’s propane.
HANNOVER, Germany — The scope and scale of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is like no other. Daimler and Traton – the recently rebranded Volkswagen Truck and Bus — stake their claims to entire buildings rather than individual exhibit halls. Some of the aisles in the halls are as wide as streets. The individual buildings are divided by actual streets. And did we mention the Ferris wheel?
Regional haulers aiming to leave less of an environmental footprint can now get the new Volvo VNL 300 daycab with a “near zero” natural gas engine. Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) announced the truck is available to order with the […]
VANCOUVER, B.C. – In an effort to get half its Canadian fleet on alternative fuels by the end of the year, UPS Canada has opened its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the country.
Nikola unveiled an electric Class 8 over-the-road truck this year, and it could face competition before the first one rolls off the assembly line. Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has promised to unveil an electric Tesla Semi in 2017.
COLUMBUS, IN – The first quarter of 2017 saw a healthy start for natural gas heavy duty retail sales, boosted primarily from refuse fleets, transit and school bus operators.
I think drivers and fleets will be pleased with the performance of the NG-powered Cascadia 113. It lacks for nothing compared to the diesel version, and it’s even quieter.
True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors currently in service at the Port of Long Beach, CA. The company also has several yard shunt tractors and school buses in real-world service.
These trucks are not cobbled together McGiver jobs, either. They are highly engineered and look just like factory installations. These trucks could be the long sought-after solution to diesel emissions in areas with real air quality issues.
We recently had a opportunity to test drive one of these electric Class 8 trucks and found it to be a very functional alternative to a diesel tractor. We had the truck without a trailer, so we can’t report on its pulling power, but the company says the truck is powered by two 200-hp electric motors. That’s 400 horsepower, plus you get the benefit of the very high torque output of the electric motors.
Alternative transportation fuels have been on the horizon for as long as most of us can remember, some of them seeming oh so close to commercial use, some a long way off. One of the options is hydrogen.
Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.
ATLANTA, GA – UPS has officially covered 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) with a “rolling lab” of 7,200 vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as natural gas and propane – and reached the goal a year earlier than planned.