Range Energy (Range), a company developing powered trailers for the commercial trucking market (earlier post), unveiled the development of a new trailer data and telematics platform that will bring unique operational insights to its electric-powered trailer customers. The platform is being developed in partnership with connected vehicle technology company, Sibros,... Read more →

BAE Systems and Eaton successfully tested their integrated electric drive system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. Using this technology, existing truck models can be adapted across various zero-emission applications, improving efficiency, performance, and flexibility. Testing occurred at Eaton’s proving grounds in Marshall, Michigan on a Class 7 demonstration vehicle.... Read more →

Autel Energy unveils MaxiCharger megawatt charging system

Autel Energy, a global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging products and services, unveiled its MaxiCharger Megawatt Charging System at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT Expo) 2024. Designed for heavy-duty electric trucks, the MCS terminal can deliver a maximum single output of 1.2 MW/1500A. A feature of the MaxiCharger... Read more →

Accelera launches next-gen hydrogen and electric solutions for commercial vehicles

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc., launched the next generation of several of its decarbonizing technologies that are shaping the future of clean transportation. New versions of its hydrogen fuel cell engines, a high efficiency eAxle, and its next-generation batteries are among the new products Accelera... Read more →

TICO (Terminal Investment Corporation) Manufacturing, the leading terminal tractor manufacturer and one of the largest terminal tractor fleet owners and operators in North America, launched the next generation of its Pro-Spotter Electric Terminal Tractor. TICO announced production of its first-generation electric terminal tractor in 2023 with its partnership with Volvo... Read more →

Hexagon Purus, in partnership with Hino Trucks, launched Tern, a dedicated zero-emission truck brand along with the inaugural vehicle model, the RC8, a battery-electric Class 8 tractor tailored for the US market. This semi-tractor leverages Hexagon Purus’ years of development of zero-emission drivetrains for heavy-duty trucks. (Earlier post.) A product... Read more →

Penske Truck Leasing, Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and Carrier Transicold have collaborated on an all-electric refrigerated medium-duty truck to help leasing customers with temperature-controlled freight realize the financial and environmental benefits that zero-emissions equipment can provide. The vehicle, displayed by Penske at ACT Expo in Las Vegas, combines a... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America provides second life to commercial vehicle batteries

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is committed to reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint by integrating a comprehensive circular economy approach across its operations. This strategy emphasizes repairing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling lithium-ion battery materials used in all DTNA electric vehicles (EVs). With goals to maximize battery lifespans and... Read more →

Daimler Truck and Volvo Group intend to form JV for a software-defined vehicle platform and truck operating system

Daimler Truck and Volvo Group have reached a preliminary agreement to establish a joint venture to develop a common software-defined vehicle platform and dedicated truck operating system, providing the basis for future software-defined commercial vehicles. The intention is to make the new joint venture a leading developer of standardized hardware... Read more →

Honda will debut a Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on 20 May, showcasing the start of a new demonstration project aimed at future production of fuel cell powered products for the North American market. Honda is seeking new business collaborations as... Read more →

Two years after announcing the “H2 Central Valley Express” project, Symbio unveiled a hydrogen-fueled, regional-haul Class 8 truck developed and integrated by Symbio in California and outfitted with next-generation EV specific tires that offer improved fuel economy and reduced wear from Michelin. The Symbio “H2 Central Valley Express” project aims... Read more →

Volvo CE publishing industry’s most extensive Product Carbon Footprint reports

Volvo CE is publishing the construction equipment industry’s most extensive catalogue of Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) reports, making it easy for customers to take active steps to reduce their environmental impact. The reports confirm that electric machines are a more sustainable choice compared to conventional diesel machines, when looking at... Read more →

Volvo expands its range of 100% biodiesel-powered trucks

A full range of new Volvo truck models can now be powered by 100% biodiesel (B100), offering another renewable fuel choice for customers looking to reduce CO2 emissions from transport immediately. Volvo Trucks has one of the industry’s broadest ranges of renewable fuel options, including biodiesel, HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils)... Read more →

FedEx Express has begun a two-week pilot of an eActros 300 tractor, an all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The tractor unit is being used in place of a combustion engine tractor and trailer combination, to fulfil domestic linehaul operations from Eindhoven station in the Netherlands. For the pilot period the... Read more →

BAE Systems expanding collaboration with Eaton on electric drive solutions for heavy-duty trucks; collaborating with Cummins on transit bus hybrid drivetrain for 2027 and beyond

BAE Systems, a leader in electric propulsion, and Eaton, a global power management company, are expanding their collaboration to include electric vehicle (EV) solutions for heavy-duty trucks. The solution offers original equipment manufacturers and commercial vehicle modifiers a comprehensive, efficient, advanced, and flexible EV system for a wide range of... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is making two significant investments at its headquarters complex on Swan Island: a new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) training center adjacent to Electric Island and a new engineering facility at the DTNA campus. The new addition to Electric Island represents the next phase... Read more →

Daimler Truck unveiled the battery-electric autonomous Freightliner eCascadia technology demonstrator. The truck is based on a production battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia and is equipped with Torc’s autonomous driving software and the latest Level 4 sensor and compute technology. Torc Robotics is Daimler Truck’s independent subsidiary for autonomous virtual driver technology. While... Read more →

Ryder analysis finds switching to EVs from diesel in today’s market increases total cost to transport across the board

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, released a quantitative analysis of the potential economic impacts of converting commercial diesel vehicles to electric vehicles (EV) in today’s market. With evolving state and federal legal requirements aimed at transitioning fleets to zero-emission vehicles, Ryder... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Trucks specialists from Daimler Truck AG have successfully advised the Mercedes-Benz Group AG on the electrification of parts of its factory logistics. As part of the the “Sustainable Logistics Consulting” (SLC) range of services, launched by Daimler Truck AG at the end of 2023, Mercedes-Benz Trucks consultants provided assistance... Read more →

New Way Trucks and hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Hyzon revealed North America’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric refuse truck at Waste Expo in Las Vegas. The HFCEV will be part of pilot programs throughout California, beginning with Recology, an employee-owned solid waste and recycling hauler based in San Francisco. The... Read more →

Porsche is pushing ahead with the roll-out of alternative drives in its transport logistics fleet. Together with its logistics partners, the sports car manufacturer is using six new electric HGVs (heavy good vehicle) at its Zuffenhausen, Weissach and Leipzig sites. These vehicles transport production materials around the plants, working alongside... Read more →

FuelCell Energy and Toyota Motor North America celebrated the grand opening of the first-of-its-kind “Tri-gen” system at the Port of Long Beach, California. Tri-gen uses biogas to produce renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and usable water, and was built to support the vehicle processing and distribution center for Toyota Logistics Services... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company marked the official launch of NorCAL ZERO Project—an initiative that is utilizing the company’s hydrogen fuel cell technology to bring zero-emission freight transportation to the San Francisco Bay Area and California’s Central Valley. The dedication event held at Oakland’s FirstElement Fuel Hydrogen Refueling Station brought Hyundai Motor... Read more →

As one of the largest truck manufacturers in the US, Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is expanding the use of electric trucks for logistics operations across multiple business units and regions, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, and Saltillo, Mexico to transport components to manufacturing plants and... Read more →

DOE issues Notice of Intent to fund RD&D projects for charging solutions for heavy-duty electric vehicles

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a notice of intent (DE-FOA-0003352) to fund projects that would provide innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of concepts for delivering charging solutions for trucks. The opportunity also supports approaches for load management and delivery of grid services that alleviate grid capacity challenges... Read more →

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has completed the first successful 1MW charge, in a pilot which brought together a prototype Megawatt Charging System (MCS) charging station from Siemens and a long-haul prototype eTruck from a well-established OEM. MCS charging can successfully contribute towards sustainable long-distance transport for heavy-duty vehicles. To drive further... Read more →

EPA launches nearly $1B Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the nearly $1-billion Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program to fund the replacement of certain polluting heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. Funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA will award competitive grants for projects that will reduce climate and air pollution from heavy-duty vehicles,... Read more →

At the beginning of April, DHL Freight put its first fully electric tractor-trailers from Mercedes-Benz Trucks into service. Effective immediately, the eActros 300 vehicles are being deployed for delivery and distribution transport at the Koblenz and Hagen sites. The truck stationed in Hagen makes transport more sustainable on round trips... Read more →

MAN Truck & Bus is significantly expanding the eTruck portfolio for its customers. The number of configurable eTruck variants has risen to more than one million from the three customer combinations previously defined. The new chassis versions of the eTGX and eTGS can be highly customized with a variety of... Read more →

Commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus will be the first European truck producer to launch a small series with a hydrogen combustion engine. The initially planned small series of around 200 units is to be delivered to customers in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland and selected non-European countries as... Read more →

Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with industry partners, have demonstrated the potential for a zero-tailpipe emissions supply chain that transports goods from the nation’s busiest ports to their final destinations without producing vehicle emissions using today’s technology. NREL analysis formed the backbone of the Port... Read more →

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3,” that sets stronger standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty (HD) vehicles beginning in model year (MY) 2027. The new standards will be applicable to HD vocational vehicles (such... Read more →

Greenlane announced its first commercial EV charging corridor with more than 100 chargers, modern amenities designed to increase the comfort of drivers, resilience for high uptime and ultimately moving freight more efficiently. Greenlane is a joint venture between Daimler Truck North America LLC, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, and BlackRock (through... Read more →

Autocar, LLC, a manufacturer of severe-duty vocational trucks, is collaborating with Rocsys, a developer of hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles, to bring hands-free charging capabilities for Autocar’s electric terminal tractors. This alliance marks a first with the operational deployment of terminal tractors powered by hands-free charging at distribution centers,... Read more →

Cummins Inc. has commissioned a diesel-hybrid mining truck in partnership with one of China’s leading rigid mining truck manufacturers, North Hauler Joint Stock Co., Ltd. (NHL). The hybrid NHL NTH260, a 220 metric ton payload mining truck, rolled off the production line in January and is headed to Baiyun Iron... Read more →

ABB E-mobility and MAN Truck & Bus have demonstrated a prototype of the Megawatt Charging System (MCS); a MAN eTruck was charged with more than 700 kW and 1,000 A at an MCS charging station from ABB E-mobility. (Earlier post.) Especially in national and international long-distance transport or in loading... Read more →

2024-03-18 Volvo Trucks has received an order for 100 electric trucks from logistics company DFDS. With this latest order, DFDS has almost doubled its Volvo electric truck fleet to 225 trucks in total—the largest company fleet of heavy electric trucks in Europe. DFDS, one of the largest shipping and logistics companies... Read more →

Hyundai Motor and Iveco Group expand their partnership to explore synergies for electric heavy-duty trucks in the European markets

Hyundai Motor Company and Iveco Group signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) reinforcing their partnership with a facing view towards electric heavy-duty truck solutions, including both battery-electric trucks and fuel-cell-electric trucks, for European markets. Since initiating their partnership in March 2022, Hyundai Motor and Iveco Group have achieved a series... Read more →

bp pulse, bp’s electric vehicle charging brand, has acquired the freehold of one of the largest truck stops in Europe, Ashford International Truckstop in Kent, as part of its strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of electric truck (EV) charging infrastructure. Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of... Read more →

Volvo Group signs agreement with Westport for joint venture to reduce CO2 emissions from long haul transport

The Volvo Group has signed an agreement according to the previously announced Letter of Intent with Westport Fuel Systems Inc to establish a joint venture to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. (Earlier post.) The... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America, LLC (DTNA) announced a comprehensive Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV) Dealer Certification Program that builds on the foundations of the Elite Support program—a certified network of Freightliner dealers committed to delivering superior customer experience throughout all areas of dealership operations. With the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia and medium-duty Freightliner... Read more →

Hyster to supply 10 battery-electric terminal tractors to APM Terminals

Hyster Company will provide APM Terminals with 10 battery-powered terminal tractors for their location at the Port of Mobile in Alabama. The electric terminal tractors, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2024, are part of a $60-million investment in port equipment electrification pilots by APM Terminals. The electric terminal... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks handed over the first airport refueling vehicle based on an electric series truck from Daimler Truck. The procurement is an important step in the electrification of the ground-handling fleet for the refueling service provider Skytanking at Stuttgart Airport. In cooperation with the tank body specialist Esterer, the... Read more →

Skanska, a leading construction and development firm, has completed a 90-day pilot program using the Volvo EC230 Electric excavator on the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project in Los Angeles, at the South Yard of the La Brea station. Skanska’s use of the zero-emissions equipment was among the first to... Read more →

Electrify America and NFI , a leading North American third-party logistics provider, announced the grand opening of NFI’s state-of-the-art DC fast charging facility in Ontario, CA. Supporting NFI’s fleet of 50 heavy-duty electric trucks, the project advances the electrification of drayage operations between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long... Read more →

In 2024 and 2025, MAN Truck & Bus will establish battery repair centers in Italy, Denmark/Norway, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland and UK, with further countries in Europe being planned. Millions will be invested in these centers over the next two years. Two battery repair centers are already in operation... Read more →

Volvo Construction Equipment and Mack Trucks, both Volvo Group companies, recently delivered on- and off-road electric equipment to Florida-based Coastal Waste & Recycling. The company, based in Boca Raton, Florida, is piloting a 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator from Volvo CE and took delivery of a Mack LR Electric Class 8... Read more →

Volvo Penta and Swedish backup power solutions company Aiab Energy are strengthening their collaboration to provide an integrated battery energy storage solution (BESS) that meets the specific needs of Aiab Energy’s customers. Volvo Penta will supply Aiab Energy with a high-performance BESS subsystem, consisting in part of energy-dense battery systems... Read more →

Hyzon Motors Inc. and privately held New Way Trucks announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to develop a fuel cell powered refuse vehicle for the North American market. Hyzon and New Way plan to start the advanced phases of truck development, with the initial base FCEV prototype ready for refuse... Read more →

Volvo launched its first truck model developed only with electric drive. With capacity for heavy loads and excellent visibility for the driver, FM Low Entry is an electric truck optimized for safe and efficient driving in city areas. This zero-emission truck is a great addition to our electric range, perfectly... Read more →