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Eaton taps into electric, connected expertise

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Eaton’s commercial vehicle group is leveraging broader automotive and electric expertise as it prepares for a future that is increasingly electrified and connected. A newly launched e-mobility business segment – combining elements of the company’s vehicle group and electrical business – is one of the latest signs of that.

“There’s going to be a requirement for more power electronics on board,” observed Larry Bennett, director of vehicle technology and innovation, referring to the possibility of three-voltage systems on commercial vehicles. Eaton Electrical, currently responsible for 60% of company revenues, will help to apply lessons from buildings, leading to new smart power management tools and power distribution strategies, he said.

There’s already been an increase in electric powertrains for buses and lighter vehicles, of course. And Eaton expects fully electric valvetrain actuation to be a reality within a decade. Hydraulic lash adjustments, now used in passenger cars, could soon manage intakes and exhaust in heavy vehicles as well.

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Electric Avenues: Cummins sees future in diversity

October 3, 2017 by John Smith

COLUMBUS, IN — If you’re one of those who’s been thinking that Cummins is a dead duck, and that’s been the tone of more than a few conversations I’ve joined over recent years, think again. Nothing could be further from the truth.
First off, the company presently maintains an 80% market share in the North American medium-duty market, more than 90% of the school and transit bus markets, and still a decent lead on the class-8 side of things with something like a 40% share through June of this year.
Dead in the water? Not exactly.
Globally, the company is very strong. In 2015 it manufactured more than a million engines in the heavy-duty, mid-range, and light-duty markets — from 50 to 650 hp — and nearly half of them were from its joint-venture partner plants around the world.

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BC’s Loop Energy finds partner for zero-emission powertrains

May 6, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

BURNABY, BC – British Columbia’s Loop Energy is on its way to commercializing a zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks after forming a new partnership with Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd. Loop’s fuel cell technologies combined with CRRC’s electric drive train system aim to provide an alternative solution for heavy-duty trucks using traditional diesel engines.

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Volvo unveils powertrain enhancements, boosts fuel economy

March 24, 2016 by John Smith

HAGERSTOWN, MD -Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled a series of powertrain enhancements today, highlighted by changes that will transform wasted heat into horsepower, bring the automated I-Shift and downspeeding to vocational haulers, and a cruise that memorizes terrain.

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Road Trip: Volvo’s Canadian dealers in Hagerstown

March 24, 2016 by John Smith

Volvo’s Canadian dealers are celebrating. Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America, noted that the company’s retail share in Canada hit 16.3% in 2014, complete with 54% of the sleepers that have 10-13-litre engines. Employees responded to numbers like that with chants of “all time high”. And today they represent the first wave of North American dealers to learn about several powertrain enhancements available to buyers in 2017.

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BC’s Loop Energy gets boost for zero-emission powertrains

March 16, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VANCOUVER, BC – Loop Energy will use a newly acquired $7.5 million grant to accelerate deployment of its new zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks. The company plans to install the powertrain in a Peterbilt Class 8 truck and deliver it to a customer for testing.

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SENSIBLE SPEC’ING

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Sensible spec’ing needn’t mean coyote ugly.