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Zero Emissions, Positive Performance: Kenworth’s ZECT

February 23, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth has removed the black shroud from its latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT). The heavy-duty truck is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 160 kilometers of travel fully loaded. […]

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Electric vehicles are sparking more training for first responders

February 22, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, Ont. — When engineers at Kenworth brought their hydrogen-electric hybrid Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT) to Mount Vernon, Wash., they were sure to let first responders know the truck was on site, and trained them on how to respond should an emergency arise.

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Alternative Financing: Will your lender buy in to alternative fuel?

February 2, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC — Trucks that run on alternative fuels promise to be easier on the environment, but the equipment itself can be tougher on a capital budget. Consider natural gas. It’s historically cheaper than diesel, but the trucks that use it can cost an extra $50,000 to $100,000 over the price of their conventionally fueled counterparts, depending on the spec’s.

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Volvo to have electric trucks on the road this year

January 23, 2018 by elizabeth

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Trucks will have electric trucks on the road this year.

The company announced it would put the first of its electric trucks on the road in Europe in 2018, matching the trucks with selected customers for a first release.

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Pre-cut spiral wrap

November 21, 2017 by John Smith

Phillips Industries has released pre-cut spiral wrap products for its 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 assemblies, which combine straight air and electrical cables.

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Tesla Class 8’s will hit Canadian roads

November 20, 2017 by elizabeth

MONTREAL, QC – More than 30 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Class 8’s could be on the road in Canada as soon as 2019.
Three companies – including Canadian grocery and pharmacy giant Loblaw Companies – have wasted no time in making the move to the newly launched trucks.
Tesla showcased the new Class 8 vehicles with an unveiling event in California last Thursday. Loblaw, J.B. Hunt, and Walmart announced Friday they each had secured pre-orders with the company.
Although a final price for the trucks hasn’t been listed yet, Loblaw put deposits of $5000 per truck on 25 of the vehicles, currently set to be released sometime in 2019.
Walmart is also reporting a buy-in of 15 trucks, 10 of which will go to its Canadian operations, while the others will go to operations in the United States.

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Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.

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Hyliion is turning diesel engines into hybrids

October 19, 2017 by elizabeth

PITTSBURGH, PA – Hyliion is adding a spark to Class 8 engines. The vehicle hybridizing company launched its second product this week, promising to save fleets up to a combined 30% in fuel costs by electrifying traditional Class 8 tractors.
The company’s new 6X4HE system can be installed on new trucks or retrofitted on older models to create an electric subsidized Class 8 truck. Hyliion says the system is easily attached to the truck frame, and is self-contained.

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Think “well to wheel” around emission options

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry has to “put on the brakes” when it comes to its thirst for diesel if it hopes to meet targets to slash Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president – engineering and technology. But electric vehicles don’t yet offer the answer when the steps to produce electricity are considered.

Speaking at the NTEA’s annual Green Truck Summit, Achenbach stressed that diesel engines continue to be the industry’s “workhorse” because of their high torque and long-life, delivering 10 kwh of energy per kilogram in a format that is easy to refuel and readily available.

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Fuso bringing electric Class 4 to market

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is rolling out a battery-powered Class 4, known as the eCanter, but Canadian buyers will have to wait for a taste of things to come.

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Ford expands modifier program for electrics, hybrids

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ford is expanding its Qualified Vehicle Modifier program to include companies that develop and install electrified and hydraulic hybrid powertrains. XL Hybrids, Lightning Hybrids, and Motiv Power Systems have already been named as the first three developers.

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Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?

December 2, 2016 by John Smith

Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.

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Quebec invests in electric truck prototypes

October 12, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

MONTREAL, QC – Quebec is contributing $8.6 million from the province’s Green Fund to five companies working on the electrification of heavy vehicles.

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Electric reefers running groceries in California

September 14, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

INDUSTRY, CA – California’s continued push toward fewer and fewer emissions has affected all companies that use trucks in the state, and fleets that rely on trucks to deliver products are no exception. D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979, and it’s responding to the demand by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

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Belt-Drive Pressure Washer

June 22, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Mi-T-M’s new HAE Series washers are all-electric belt-drive units for consistent hot water on demand