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The ‘long and forced’ march toward lower truck emissions continues

March 18, 2019 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – The push to reduce vehicle emissions has been relentless. Eaton’s Mihai Dorobantu, director – technology planning and government affairs, refers to a it as nothing less than a “long and forced march”. And it’s not done yet.

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Lion 8 electric Class 8 emerges in Quebec

March 14, 2019 by John Smith

Quebec-based Lion Electric Company is already known for its electrified school buses, but it has now revealed an electric Class 8 truck for its lineup in the form of the Lion 8.

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Utilimaster unveils electric, grocery-delivery vehicles

March 8, 2019 by John Smith

Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services’ Utilimaster brand has introduced three new vehicle platforms – a pair of electric designs, and a body specifically developed for increasingly popular last-mile grocery deliveries.

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Is now the ‘right time’ for electric vehicles?

March 6, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — There are still lessons to learn when it comes to electric vehicles, but data from early experiences could help ensure the trucks meet actual needs. Maybe some of the range anxiety is unfounded.

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Exploring the path to electric trucks

March 6, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There are plenty of barriers to the widespread adoption of electric trucks. Battery prices, weights, and limited ranges are just three of them. But Michael Berube, one of the presenters at this year’s Green Truck Summit, sees plenty of promise in such trucks to support evolving delivery models.

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Taking a quick spin with Daimler’s electric trucks

February 11, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jim Park takes some of Daimler’s earliest electric vehicles out for a test drive, but it will be several years before such trucks are a widespread offering.

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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.

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Peterbilt expands electric truck lineup

January 9, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Peterbilt is expanding its test fleet of electric trucks, adding a medium-duty Model 220EV to the previously announced Model 520EV and Model 579EV.

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Daimler eyes electric truck production in 2021

January 8, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Daimler Trucks North America has handed over keys for the first in a series of 30 battery-electric trucks – a mixture of eCascadias and eM2s – and it’s already focusing on plans to begin full production in 2021.

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Trucking’s Newsmakers of 2018

December 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A new year is on the horizon. Given that, we thought it was a good time to choose the trucking industry’s Top 10 Newsmakers of 2018.

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LIGHTS On: Volvo to electrify VNR tractors

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volvo Trucks North America has announced it will commercialize an electric version of the VNR regional tractor by 2020, with the first test units to be on the road as early as next year.

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‘Canada has gone fantastic,’ says Volvo exec

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – As Volvo Trucks expands its market share around the world, some of the biggest gains in North America appear to have been realized in Canada. “It’s exciting times,” said Peter Voorhoeve, recently named president of Volvo Trucks North America.

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Euro Zone: New and future truck tech at IAA show

September 20, 2018 by John Smith

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?

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Motoring Along: Understanding the role of motors in electric trucks

September 18, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Do you know who makes the motor in your washing machine? Do you care? Do you know who will make the motor on your first electric truck? Will you need to care? That’s just one of the many paradigm shifts we’ll be dealing with as electric drivetrains emerge in the trucking industry.

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The case for and against electric trucks

September 11, 2018 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In studying the viability of electric trucks, Rick Mihelic has learned one thing for certain. “Electric trucks are polarizing,” the director of future technology studies for the North American Council of Freight Efficiency (NACFE) said today during […]