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.
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.
BOULDER, Colo. — According to Pike Research, the use of hybrid electric vehicles is expected to catch on with fleets over the next five years, with sales increasing from 300,000 units in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 2015.
MONTREAL — Coca-Cola Bottling Company is expanding its fleet of hybrid-electric delivery trucks across Canada as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
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.
“If I would have asked my customers what they needed, they would
have said a faster horse.” — Henry Ford
DALLAS, Tex.-The big green Pete doing laps at the Texas Motor Speedway this week was unlike any other heavy-duty truck you’ve ever seen.
OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — Despite growing interest in hybrid vehicles, manufacturers have been slow to integrate hybrid technologies into commercial trucks and buses, a study has found.
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Freightliner has delivered 40 hydraulic hybrid-powered walk-in vans to UPS.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As hybrid trucks start to gain wider acceptance in the industry, Thermo King decided it was a good time introduce a hybrid reefer unit.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hybrid systems for trucks are starting to become more common and Eaton Corporation has a new director in moving those initiatives forward.