Today's Trucking

Truck manufacturers look to up the voltage on electrical systems

May 10, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Vehicle electrical engineers are like kids in a sandbox these days. The transition to 48-volt vehicle architecture represents nearly endless potential for improvement in efficiency and functionality of electrical components. It’s almost like starting from scratch — in more ways than one.


Dana training videos address electrified vehicles

April 22, 2019 by John Smith

Dana has expanded its Driveline Forensic training series to include videos that address safety and maintenance tips for electrified vehicles. The new videos offer overviews on both electric vehicle architecture and maintenance, as well as vehicle servicing safety tips. The […]


Nikola wants to disrupt your truck payments by including fuel costs

April 17, 2019 by John Smith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There’s water, water everywhere, but little of it is being transformed into fuel. Nikola Motor wants to change that – as well as the way fleets pay for trucks and their fuel.


Nikola’s hydrogen-electric trucks rolling closer to reality

April 17, 2019 by John Smith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Nikola CEO Trevor Milton brought his dream of a hydrogen-electric truck one step closer to the marketplace on Tuesday, in a showcase that included looks at the Nikola Two destined for North America and Nikola Tre for Europe.


The race to develop electric trucks is on

January 18, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Established and emerging manufacturers alike are racing to bring some form of battery-electric vehicles or fuel cells to North America, with several introducing all-important test fleets during 2019.


Peterbilt unveils electric Model 220EV

January 15, 2019 by John Smith

Peterbilt is expanding its test fleet of electric trucks, adding a medium-duty Model 220EV to the previously announced Model 520EV and Model 579EV. By the end of this year, it means the manufacturer will have more than 30 electric vehicles […]


Welcome to the Year of the Electric Truck

December 20, 2018 by John Smith

CARSON, Calif. – Penske Truck Leasing has accepted keys to Freightliners before, but today’s ceremonial handoff of an electric Freightliner eM2 kicks off what can safely be described as the Year of the Electric Truck.


On the Spot w/ Peterbilt Electrics

August 2, 2018 by Jim Park

Video: Exploring the electrified Model 579

July 18, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif – Peterbilt has been working on electrified vehicles for decades. There was a series electric hybrid tractor unveiled in 1998, followed in later years by parallel-electric hybrids, and a parallel-hydraulic hybrid. When the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) […]


Peterbilt brings ‘purposeful innovation’ to Silicon Valley

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – California’s Silicon Valley is known as a hotbed of high technology, and the Paccar Innovation Center is in the midst of it all. The 26,000-sq-ft facility is designed to house 50 employees, featuring a five-bay truck lab and fabrication area complete with a 3D printer for working on prototypes. But perhaps more important is the way the space is being used to collaborate on trucks and systems of the future – tapping into in-house expertise as well as the work of other companies in the famed valley.


Volvo showcases an electric future

June 20, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has revealed a vision of the future, and it involves plugging into the power of electricity – especially when it comes to electric trucks.

This spring the global manufacturer announced that it will produce electric versions of European FL and FE models beginning in 2019, initially focusing on refuse and urban distribution applications.

These are hardly Volvo’s first foray into electric vehicles, though. The company has already produced about 4,000 electric-hybrid and battery-electric buses, and the trucks and buses will share many underlying technologies such as electric motors and charging systems.


2021: The Medium-Duty Emissions Odyssey

May 8, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The next round of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations is due in 2021, but the model year of trucks affected by the rule will actually hit the road about two years from now. And while fleets that operate Class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks are already losing sleep over the rule, a significant share of the population operating medium-duty trucks doesn’t even know these rules exist.

They’re the kinds of trucks operated by businesspeople and contractors who sees vehicle as a tool for some other business. Think electricians, landscapers, bakers, and plumbers. Their passion is their business, not the truck they use.

“Back when the 2007 and 2010, soot and NOx emissions rules kicked in. We had to educate our customers on those changes, as dramatic as they were,” says Brian Tabel, executive director of marketing for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Most of them didn’t know the change was in place, but they sure noticed the price jump between 2006 and 2010 [Model Year] trucks. Customers that had bought pre-emissions 2006 trucks and were shopping for another one in 2010 were shocked. They were mostly utterly unaware of the changes that had occurred over the past 10 years.”


More electrification coming, but it’ll take time

May 2, 2018 by John Smith

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs) will play an increasing role in moving freight, but mixed fleets will likely be the norm through 2050, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency concludes.


Mercedes Class 8 electric ready for ‘short radius’ tests

August 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz says it has developed a prototype heavy-duty electric distribution truck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere, and that it or trucks like it could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter.

M-B’s 25-metric-ton (27.6-ton) 6×2 Urban eTruck uses motors at each end of a single driving axle, with power coming from a modular battery pack. It claims quiet operation and zero local emissions, which is valuable in dense cities where much manufacturing occurs and air pollution is causing governments to restrict diesels.

Daimler Trucks announced the Urban eTruck at its headquarters in Stuttgart this week, and said it will be displayed in September at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover.