H2X Global has been awarded a contract valued at up to 240 million Swedish Kronor ($US22.9 million) to supply hydrogen fuel-cell trucks for the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Upon completion, this contract will establish the largest fleet of its kind in Sweden. The award, received by H2X Global’s subsidiary H2X... Read more →

German supermarket chain EDEKA to convert its 700-vehicle fleet to low CO2 by 2025 with IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks

IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of Iveco Group, will support EDEKA Minden-Hannover—one of the leading food retailers in Germany—in converting the entire 700-vehicle company fleet from diesel to BioLiquified Natural Gas (bio-LNG) propulsion by 2025. EDEKA has already placed orders for the first 275 IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks in 2022... Read more →

Volvo receives order for up to 1,000 electric trucks from Holcim

Volvo Trucks has signed a letter of intent to sell 1,000 electric trucks between now and 2030 to Holcim, one of the world’s largest building solution providers. The deal is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks; the first 130 trucks will be delivered in 2023 and... Read more →

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor signed a partnership agreement to have Honda develop and supply the fuel cell system for the fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck Isuzu is planning to introduce to market in 2027. Joint Isuzu-Honda R&D efforts produced a fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck that has been granted a Japanese... Read more →

Volvo Group is the first truck manufacturer to launch an Augmented Reality (AR) safety app for electric trucks, designed specifically to support first responders in an emergency. The app is developed to deliver instant, valuable information from the electric truck to the emergency services team arriving on the scene to... Read more →

Volvo Trucks leading market in Europe and in N America for electric heavy-duty trucks

Volvo Trucks leads the market in Europe and in North America for heavy electric trucks after the first quarter of 2023. In total, the manufacturer has sold almost 5,000 electric trucks in about 40 countries. Now, its electric product range is being made available in new markets in Asia, Latin... Read more →

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses the near-term charging and refueling infrastructure needs for zero-emission Class 4-8 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDV) at the national and sub-national levels. Charger needs in 2025 and 2030 are projected based on zero-emission vehicle market growth, and priority... Read more →

Advent Technologies Holdings announced a new contract with a prominent fuel cell manufacturer specializing in truck applications in the East Asian market. Under this contract, Advent will supply High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HT-PEM) Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) to support the development of advanced fuel cell solutions for trucks. The contract,... Read more →

ABB E-mobility and Scania successfully undertake first test of ABB megawatt charging system (MCS)

Scania has successfully installed and tested a pilot megawatt charging system (MCS) from ABB E-mobility, representing the next milestone in the development of an efficient, high power charging solution for heavy-duty vehicles. The technology will enable half the charging time for heavy-duty vehicles. MCS (max 1,250 volt & 3,000 ampere... Read more →

UK APC investing £77M in 7 green heavy-duty and commercial vehicle projects

The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing £77 million (US$97 million) in seven UK-based automotive collaborative research and development projects. The seven projects, each involving a group of companies working in partnership on green transport technology, will each benefit from industry support, together with a government grant. The £77... Read more →

Volvo Trucks is now testing hydrogen-powered electric trucks on public roads above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden; ice, wind and lots of snow make an ideal testing environment. Trucks are operating seven days a week and in all types of weather. The harsh conditions on public roads in northern... Read more →

Skeleton Technologies and Martinrea International, a diversified and global automotive supplier engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered, value-added Lightweight Structures and Propulsion Systems, and electrification technologies for heavy-duty vehicles through its Effenco subsidiary, will collaborate to supply Skeleton’s SuperBattery technology and the Effenco Hybrid Electric solution... Read more →

EPA announces $4B in funding and RFI for clean port upgrades and heavy-duty vehicles

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the initial steps in the development of programs that will invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act in US port infrastructure while reducing air pollution. EPA is now seeking public input to inform the development of two new programs. The Clean Ports... Read more →

At ACT Expo in Anaheim, Shell announced that Shell Starship 3.0 will be updated with a Cummins X15N natural gas engine (earlier post) that will run on Shell Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Demonstration runs will be conducted this summer. The Starship initiative, launched in 2018, is intended to demonstrate how... Read more →

Hino Trucks partners with Hexagon Purus to distribute battery-electric heavy-duty tractors

Hino Trucks has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Hexagon Purus to distribute a complete battery-electric tractor. This tractor will utilize Hexagon Purus’ proprietary zero-emission technology, including battery systems, auxiliary modules, power modules and the vehicle-level software and is developed to operate on Hino’s XL 4x2 tractor cab chassis. During... Read more →

AJR Trucking, a leading carrier for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and a major drayage carrier operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has executed a purchase order for 50 Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) trucks from Tom’s Truck Centers, a member of... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company premiered its new XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, the commercialized class 8 6x4 fuel cell electric model, for the North American commercial vehicle (CV) market at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. The company is exhibiting the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor and the hydrogen fuel cell system at... Read more →

PACCAR and Toyota Motor North America announced an expansion of their joint efforts to develop and to produce zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks powered by Toyota’s next-generation hydrogen fuel cell modules. The expanded agreement supports ongoing development and commercialized zero-emission versions of the Kenworth T680 and... Read more →

Bosch and Plus collaborate on assisted driving solution for commercial vehicles

Bosch and Plus are collaborating on assisted driving solutions for commercial trucks. Through a new technology agreement, Plus is offering its PlusDrive solution with the integrated steering system from Bosch featuring hardware and software to deliver driver assistance and partially automated features to commercial vehicles. PlusDrive-enabled L2++ vehicles are equipped... Read more →

Capacity Trucks, a subsidiary of REV Group, is introducing its new electric terminal truck at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California. This new electric terminal truck is the latest in Capacity’s zero emissions line of products designed for port, intermodal and distribution/warehouse applications. The Capacity EV terminal... Read more →

CARB adopts Advanced Clean Fleets rule; 100% medium- and heavy-duty ZEV sales starting in 2036

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Fleets rule (earlier post), which will require a phased-in transition to zero-emission medium-and-heavy duty vehicles. While trucks represent only 6% of the vehicles on California’s roads, they account for more than 35% of the state’s transportation-generated nitrogen oxide emissions and... Read more →

​ Optimus Technologies recently announced a $17.8-million Series A funding round led by Mitsui & Co. out of Tokyo, Japan. The round included participation from one of North America’s largest commercial fleets, Chevron Renewable Energy Group, and Pittsburgh regional investors including: Idea Foundry, Inc., Innovation Works, Richard King Mellon Foundation,... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), NextEra Energy Resources and BlackRock Alternatives, through a fund managed by its Climate Infrastructure business, (BlackRock), announced Greenlane, the name of their joint venture (earlier post) to design, develop, install and operate a US nationwide, high-performance zero-emission public charging and hydrogen fueling network for medium-... Read more →

Toyota was earlier granted a Zero Emission Powertrain (ZEP) Executive Order (A-014-1170) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its new heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kit. (Earlier post.) The hydrogen-fueled powertrain kit includes a 200 kWh Li-ion battery; hydrogen fuel storage tanks (58.8 kg capacity, 700 bar), fuel... Read more →

Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor, unveiled its vision for the Riverside Electric Vehicle Hub, which will transform the company’s distribution center into the focal point of its electrified fleet. One of the first electric vehicle hubs of its kind, the Riverside project is a foundational step toward Sysco’s... Read more →

On the foundation of their 2021 collaboration agreement and of technical work achieved together over the past two years, Nouveau Monde Graphite and Caterpillar signed definitive agreements for Caterpillar to supply NMG’s Matawinie Mine with an integrated solution that covers a zero-exhaust emission fleet, supporting infrastructure, and service. Caterpillar is... Read more →

Swiss electromobility specialist Designwerk Technologies has added lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell technology to its portfolio. From the beginning of 2024, it will supply the energy to power its all-electric HIGH CAB Semi Lowliner 4x2T. Designwerk’s e-trucks are based on the chassis of the Volvo FM, Volvo FMX and Volvo... Read more →

BMW is testing the use of renewable HVO100 renewable diesel for parts delivery in Germany. Between BMW Plant Munich and Landau an der Isar, about 120 km to the northeast, four trucks operated by the logistics provider Guggemos (GV Trucknet) have been running on renewable HVO100 diesel since December 2022... Read more →

Scania and Northvolt unveiled a jointly developed battery cell for heavy electric vehicles. In validation tests, the lithium-ion cell has demonstrated an outstanding lifetime resulting in the capacity to power trucks for 1.5 million kilometers—equivalent to the truck’s whole lifetime. The prismatic cell has a capacity of 157 Ah and... Read more →

NFI, one of the US’ oldest and largest third-party supply chain solutions providers, is expanding its fleet of Class 8 battery-electric trucks (BETs) in Southern California as part of the Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative (JETSI) project. Under the project, which is designed to show that fleets can successfully scale... Read more →

Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited is acquiring six Volvo VNR Electric trucks, as part of a pilot program to service its customer delivery routes throughout the Greater Montreal Area. The six trucks are the first Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the beverage distributor’s fleet of 650 heavy-duty vehicles to service customers... Read more →

DB Schenker plans to acquire 100 Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul for European long-distance haulage operations. DB Schenker and Mercedes-Benz Trucks have signed a joint letter of intent for this purpose. The use of the battery-electric eActros LongHaul is intended to contribute to achieving CO2 neutrality on DB Schenker's balance sheet by... Read more →

Chart Industries, a leading global engineering design and manufacturer of highly engineered equipment servicing multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, and Nikola Corporation executed a strategic collaboration agreement including liquid hydrogen storage tanks, transport trailers, and the development of new mobile and modular hydrogen refueling stations... Read more →

EPA grants waivers for California’s on-highway heavy-duty vehicle and engine emission standards

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting two waivers of preemption regarding four California Air Resource Board (CARB) regulations related to California’s heavy-duty vehicle and engine emission standards. Under the Clean Air Act, California is afforded broad discretion to adopt emissions requirements to meet its significant air quality challenges,... Read more →

Nikola marks 100-salesorder milestone for Nikola Tre Hydrogen FCEV Class 8 truck; bolstered by HVIP

Nikola announced that Nikola and its dealer network have received orders for 100 Class 8 Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Deliveries of the purpose-built heavy-duty trucks will begin in Q4 2023. With a range of up to 500 miles and an estimated fueling time of approximately 20... Read more →

UC Riverside engineers to “referee” CARB heavy-duty truck emissions program

University of California, Riverside (UCR) environmental engineers will soon serve as referees in California’s drive for heavy-duty trucks to meet the state’s tailpipe emission standards. The referee program will provide testing services for vehicles potentially operating with tampered emissions control systems and/or testability issues. Operating under the California Air Resources... Read more →

Volvo Trucks and mining company Boliden are joining forces to implement electric truck transport in underground environments. The Swedish mining group Boliden is becoming one of the first in the world to start using battery-electric trucks for heavy underground transport starting 2023. In mining environments, the electric trucks can deliver... Read more →

Daimler Truck subsidiary Torc Robotics, a pioneer in commercializing self-driving vehicle technology, signed an agreement to acquire Algolux Inc. Torc is acquiring Algolux for its award-winning intellectual property and expertise in the areas of computer vision and machine learning. Algolux perception technology in two views, combining both regular computer vision... Read more →

Volvo Trucks has delivered its first heavy electric truck to Rabat, Morocco. The customer is the refuse collection company Arma, and this is the first heavy battery-electric truck from a global manufacturer to be in commercial operation in Africa. The truck is a Volvo FE Electric, one of six all-electric... Read more →

Nikola to complete move of battery manufacturing from California to Arizona by April 2023, months ahead of schedule

Nikola Corporation said that its move to transition battery manufacturing from Cypress, Calif. to its Coolidge, Ariz. manufacturing facility—following the acquisition of Cypres-based Romeo Power (earlier post)—is expected to be complete by April 2023, months ahead of the original schedule. T he ability to expedite this process further supports Nikola’s... Read more →

Chart Industries and ZEV Stations executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enabling the two companies to collaborate on novel deployment for US-based, multimodal hydrogen stations with Chart equipment. Working together, the companies’ goal is development of fast-fuel multiple modes for heavy-duty transportation at the same station, uniting different standards of... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Trucks development and test engineers tested the operational readiness of the eActros LongHaul and eActros 300 as a tractor unit under extreme conditions at temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Celsius in Rovaniemi, in northern Finland. (In Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle (66°33′45.9″ N) runs through Santa Claus Village, 8km... Read more →

Volvo Penta and leading North American telescopic boom excavator manufacturer Gradall Industries are showcasing the latest development in their partnership at CONEXPO this week—an electrified version of the OEM’s XL 4100 V highway speed wheeled excavator. The zero-emissions concept machine, named EL41H4, is on display at the Gradall Booth, W41500.... Read more →

Eni Sustainable Mobility and the Spinelli Group, a leader in the field of integrated logistics, have signed a two-year contract to power the group’s fleet with HVOlution, a diesel fuel produced from 100% renewable raw materials. The Spinelli Group’s fleet includes more than 300 heavy-duty vehicles, of which 150 are... Read more →

ClearFlame Engine Technologies raises $30M in Series B

ClearFlame Engine Technologies has raised $30 million in Series B funding to bring to market innovative solutions that power heavy-duty engines with clean, renewable fuels and create a viable business solution to reduce carbon and soot. ClearFlame’s solution elevates combustion temperatures in order to enable use of non-traditional fuels that... Read more →

Westport signs third global heavy-duty OEM collaboration agreement to demonstrate H2 HPDI fuel system on IC engine platform

Westport Fuel Systems is collaborating with a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to evaluate the performance, efficiency and emissions of the OEM’s engine equipped with Westport’s H2 HPDI fuel system. This collaboration marks Westport’s third major OEM engagement evaluating its H2 HPDI fuel system to date. Funded by the OEM,... Read more →

Rheinmetall announces first order for e-truck gearboxes

Rheinmetall’s Castings business unit recently booked a new order from a well-known truck manufacturer for gearboxes specifically designed for use in e-trucks.. The order is worth a figure in the lower-two-digit million-euro range. Production will begin in the first quarter of 2026 and will initially run for five years. However,... Read more →

Volvo Trucks is delivering 20 fully electric heavy trucks to the logistics company DFDS in Gothenburg, Sweden. The delivery is part of a total order for 125 electric trucks that DFDS has placed with Volvo. Some of the new electric fleet will be used to transport goods to and from... Read more →

Ballard Power Systems and First Mode announced a purchase order for Ballard to supply First Mode with 30 hydrogen fuel cell modules—totaling 3 megawatts—to power several hybrid hydrogen and battery ultra-class mining haul trucks. This is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 horsepower. The 30 Ballard hydrogen fuel cell modules will... Read more →

Torc Robotics to acquire Algolux

Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG and a pioneer in commercializing self-driving vehicle technology, has signed an agreement to acquire Algolux Inc. Torc is acquiring Algolux for its award-winning intellectual property and expertise in the areas of computer vision and machine learning. This acquisition brings together Algolux’s... Read more →