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UPS looks to paint brown trucks green

March 5, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Carleton Rose of UPS says electric trucks are the “way of the future”. But they aren’t perfect. Not yet.

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Dana calculator compares diesel, electric powertrains

February 12, 2019 by John Smith

Dana has produced a total cost of ownership calculator, which will help fleets run cost comparisons between diesel and full-electric powertrain options. The calculator requires minimal input and includes visual prompts for simple navigation, the company says. Users can input […]

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Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket

January 29, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.

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The electric trucks hitting the streets

January 18, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A growing array of battery-electric and hydrogen-electric truck prototypes are beginning to haul freight, mostly in test fleets that will emerge around California in the year to come. Here’s a rundown of some of the trucks looking to make their mark.

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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.

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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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Hyliion axle breathes new life into hybrids

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Hybrid is no longer a four-letter word. It may still leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who invested heavily in the hybrid concept a decade or so ago, but Hyliion’s 6-by-4 Hybrid Electric (6x4HE) propulsion system will put money in fleets’ pockets without the help of tenuous government subsidies. Come to think of it, Hyliion might even sweeten the industry’s feelings on 6×2 axles.

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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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Video: An electric truck … creating its own energy

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks is plugging in to the promise of electric vehicles, with FL and FE models to be produced in Europe by 2019. A four-megawatt wind power plant will produce enough energy to drive 200 electric FE […]

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Driving Force: Axles are at the heart of an electric revolution

July 12, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — We’re at the dawn of a new era in the propulsion of heavy trucks. Electric powertrains are opening new packaging and integration possibilities, including driven axles. Traditional transmissions, driveshafts, power dividers or differentials are no longer required.

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Eaton forms electric vehicle business unit

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The company we mostly know as a transmission manufacturer is set to capitalize on the growing vehicle electrification market. The Michigan-based outfit has created a new business unit called eMobility that will focus on intelligent power electronics, power systems, and advanced power distribution and circuit protection.

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Daimler rolls out electric trucks for North America

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled electric Class 8 and medium-duty trucks today, with plans to have a 30-truck “innovation fleet” working in selected applications before the end of the year.

“It is our target at Daimler to have the broadest – the absolute broadest – e-truck fleet in North America by 2021,” said president and CEO Roger Nielsen, as an electrified version of the Class 8 Cascadia rolled by.

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Bosch unveils emerging safety, self-driving tech

May 28, 2018 by John Smith

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — With technology about to transform transportation as we know it, global automotive technology supplier Bosch is right in the thick of things. The company has an extensive list of partnerships with new and established “mobility” manufacturers extending across automation, connectivity and electrification …

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Volvo electrifies in Europe … again

May 8, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has unveiled another electric truck in the form of the Volvo FE, just three weeks after unveiling its first all-electric truck in the form of the Volvo FL.

The FE is designed for city distribution and refuse operations with gross weights up to 59,500 lb.

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Mack, Peterbilt showcase electric plans at Waste Expo

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Mack and Peterbilt are both offering peeks into their electric ambitions during the Waste Expo show in Las Vegas, Nev. Earlier today, Mack announced plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model with an […]