MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Julie Furber, the executive director of electrification at Cummins, sees promise and limitations when it comes to the electrification of commercial vehicles. “We do believe in the future,” she told a crowd at the recent Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. But technologies like batteries will need to continue to evolve.
ATLANTA, Ga. – Evolving delivery models are leading to a new generation of vehicles as fleets look for new ways to serve the all-important final mile of e-commerce orders. Against the backdrop of dense urban centers that are demanding an end to emissions, the trucks and vans are also more likely than ever to be electric.
“The economics of those are starting to become positive in some applications,” said Thomas Dollmeyer, Cummins’ director of electrification technology, during a panel at the annual meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council. Electric urban buses are already economically viable, while the same could be said about electric Class 4-7 distribution vehicles as early as 2020, he said.
But changes like that will lead to new challenges on the shop floor.
TORONTO, ON – Ontario has unveiled a new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program to help those that want to install charging stations — but not for commercial vehicles.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Elon Musk was not the first to unveil an electric truck. Not by a long shot. Established manufacturers have unveiled a series of electrified plans, prototypes, and production models in recent months, particularly in the form of medium-duty vans and drayage tractors.
BROOKLYN, NY – Chanje is here.
The Chinese-based vehicle manufacturer (pronounced “change”) has officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.
The initial rollout will be in key California markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, as well as New York and Chicago. Ryder will provide parts distribution, service and support.
“All the trends in diesel are going in the wrong direction,” said Chanje Chief Executive Officer Bryan Hansel, noting that diesel equipment is increasingly expensive to build, purchase, and maintain.
China’s demand for electric vehicles is expected to outpace North America’s needs in coming years, but the U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles, Hansel says. This is being developed as a “world” truck for markets here and elsewhere, and the company says it has invested about US $1 billion in the design and related tooling.
But Canada’s official rollout has to wait for now.
“It’s demand-driven. We’re certainly going to be inquiring to see the uptake opportunity,” Hansel said, referring to Canada as a parallel market to the U.S. “It seems like a natural progression.”
PALO ALTO, CA — A post on the Tesla “subreddit” of Reddit.com shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.