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Meritor CEO predicts more electrification

September 29, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA — “There is a sea change in our industry with regard to electrification of the drivetrain,” said Jay Craig, CEO of Meritor, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. The actual percentage of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will be fully electric or hybrid electric by 2025, he said, is not as important as the surety that the number will be more than it is today.

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Cummins sees future in diverse power options

September 24, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells.

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Will Chanje do electric good?

August 10, 2017 by John Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA – A new electric truck manufacturer known as Chanje (pronounced “change”) has emerged from the shadows today, promising to roll out medium-duty models in the U.S. by this fall.

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Workhorse helping Brinks energize its US fleet

August 1, 2017 by elizabeth

CINCINNATI, OH. – Brinks is adding vehicles with spark to its fleet in the United States.

Workhorse Group Inc. announced the armored car transportation company purchased two of its electric trucks to carry out deliveries in California and Chicago.

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Cummins commits to electrification and more

June 19, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Cummins is pledging to launch a fully electrified powertrain in 2019, and a range-extended electric powertrain in 2020. But senior executives stress that these rollouts will be for urban transit vehicles, and that electrified long-haul trucks are still years from reality.

“We are not just a diesel engine company,” proclaimed Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger, during a Wednesday conference call. “Technology is what we do. Innovation is what we do.”

An internal electrification business group is combining Cummins expertise with selected partners, as they collectively develop power storage, related electronics, and traction motors.

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Peterbilt demos electric waste truck

May 9, 2017 by John Smith

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Visitors to the WasteExpo 2017 show from May 8 to 11 have a chance to witness a Model 520 Peterbilt running on a battery-electric drive system.

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Ryder to distribute, service Workhorse trucks

May 8, 2017 by sehui

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group to be primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America.

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Electric Semi: More sizzle than steak?

May 3, 2017 by John Smith

A few days ago we got our first glimpse of what might be Tesla’s Electric Semi, as company CEO Elon Musk calls it. It looks futuristic, but it also looks like a high-roof over-the-road sleeper truck – which is exactly the wrong application for a fully electric drivetrain.

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IN PRINT — A Changing Climate: Is there still a case for greener trucks?

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

Black smoke was once the inky signature of diesel engines everywhere. Now it has all but disappeared. A 1998 Model Year truck actually belched 35 times more smog-producing NOx and 60 times more Particulate Matter than equipment built to meet 2010 emissions standards, and that’s before regulators turned their attention to Greenhouse Gases.

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Canada’s emission goals take center stage

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Canada’s is embracing an “ambitious” climate change objective that by 2030 would eliminate more Greenhouse Gases than come from every vehicle on the road today, according to Jody Proctor, Transport Canada’s director – clean air policy analysis.

Almost ¼ of the nation’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come from transportation, and 80% of that comes from on-road vehicles, she said during a panel discussion at the annual Green Truck Summit. Trucks account for about 30% of that.

“Transportation clearly needs to be part of our climate change solution,” she told the crowd, stressing that climate change will cost Canadians $21-43 billion per year by 2050.

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Deal signed to support BYD

February 6, 2017 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Mississauga Bus, Coach and Truck Repairs has signed a deal to support BYD electric vehicles in Eastern Canada. The Mississauga, Ontario company will handle parts, service and warranty for the products.
“One of the biggest concerns we had was being able to support any vehicles from California or China. With this agreement in place, these concerns are alleviated,” said Ted Dowling, vice president of BYD Heavy Equipment. “It’s a great vote of confidence in our product and technology to have them associated with BYD.” “We were very impressed with the plants our team visited in China and in California. With the concern over emissions and the move toward zero-emission vehicles, we know that electric vehicles will be part of the future of transportation. Our dedicated technicians look at this as a great opportunity to learn a new skill,” added Mahendra Mahadeo, president of Mississauga Bus, Coach and Truck.

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Tesla to build trucks, defends autonomous vehicles

July 21, 2016 by John Smith

PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is turning his sights to commercial vehicles, unveiling a “master plan” for the company that includes producing a new Tesla Semi.

“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport,” he writes in the plan that was posted last night. “Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

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Quite Wright: Tesla co-founder sets his sights on trucks

July 9, 2016 by John Smith

Ian Wright co-founded Tesla Motors and developed the fastest street-legal electric car in the world. But these days he has set his sights on something bigger – an electric powertrain for commercial vehicles.

Wrightspeed’s range-extended electric powertrain known as the Route enters production in a matter of months, and the company CEO boldly predicts that electric waste trucks will overtake the sale of diesel models in as little as five years.

There have been other attempts to electrify trucks in the past. One thing that sets the Route apart, however, is its Fulcrum turbine.

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Top CEOs launch electrification coalition

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen business leaders banded together to increase the use of electric vehicles in North America.

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Battery technology needs breakthrough for electric vehicle sales to amp up

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Widespread use of electric vehicles and plugging in, instead of fuelling up, could just be a dream until a breakthrough is made in battery technology.