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.
PARIS, FRANCE – In a debt for stock swap, petroleum company Total has acquired Maersk Oil & Gas from A.P. Moller.
The Scandinavian transportation and energy company will receive nearly $5 billion in Total stock, while Total takes on $2.5 billion in debt from Maersk Oil & Gas. Total has also offered a seat on its board to A.P. Moller’s main shareholder.
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz says it has developed a prototype heavy-duty electric distribution truck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere, and that it or trucks like it could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter.
M-B’s 25-metric-ton (27.6-ton) 6×2 Urban eTruck uses motors at each end of a single driving axle, with power coming from a modular battery pack. It claims quiet operation and zero local emissions, which is valuable in dense cities where much manufacturing occurs and air pollution is causing governments to restrict diesels.
Daimler Trucks announced the Urban eTruck at its headquarters in Stuttgart this week, and said it will be displayed in September at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover.
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STUTTGART, Germany — Over a seven-day, 7,900-mile run completed at the Nardo motor-race circuit in southern Italy, a state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Actros cab-over tractor with a dry-van trailer posted a spectacular 12.10 mpg.