Posts Tagged: Electric Trucks

BYD delivers electric side-loader refuse truck to Palo Alto

Palo Alto may be the most EV-friendly city in the US – even its garbage trucks are going electric. BYD has delivered an electric automated side-loader refuse truck to GreenWaste, the city’s waste hauling service. The BYD electric refuse truck has 76 miles of range and can fully charge in two to three hours. The… Read more »

AKASOL opens European production facility for commercial EV batteries

German battery manufacturer AKASOL has announced the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for commercial vehicle batteries. The company has invested €10 million in the new commercial plant at Langen, in the Hesse region of Germany. The facility has a capacity of 600 MWh of battery systems per year, enough to equip up to… Read more »

Tesla Semi hits the highway with a bang

This is big: big event, big truck, big battery…and big implications for the trucking industry, the global economy and the future of humans in the workforce. The media (not only the EV press, but also outlets focusing on business and the trucking industry) has been in full speculation mode about the Tesla Semi for months,… Read more »

Workhorse’s plug-in pickup truck draws $300 million in pre-orders

Tesla isn’t the only company demonstrating pent-up demand for EVs. Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) says it has received $300 million worth of pre-orders for its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck. CEO Stephen Burns told Autoblog that soliciting advance orders was part of the company’s strategy. “We couldn’t build it and hope [customers] came,” he said…. Read more »

California eHighway demonstration uses overhead lines to charge trucks en route

In June 2016, Siemens launched a pilot eHighway system in Sweden – two plug-in hybrid trucks performing en route charging via an overhead catenary. Now the company, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is conducting a one-mile eHighway demonstration near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The catenary… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains reveals PHEV cement mixer truck for China

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), in partnership with truck manufacturer Shaanxi Automotive, is introducing a PHEV cement mixer truck to the Chinese market. The vehicle integrates EDI’s PowerDrive 8000 PHEV drivetrain and PowerSuite vehicle control software into a Shaanxi Class 8, 32-ton mixer truck. It is currently in the final stages of integration and testing, and… Read more »

Los Angeles orders 2 electric garbage trucks, powered by Motiv Power Systems

The city of Los Angeles has ordered 2 zero-emission refuse trucks. These Class 8 trucks feature a Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Crane Carrier chassis, and an Amrep automated side-loader body. The trucks will be built by Amrep in Los Angeles, and are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018. LA’s sanitation department expects… Read more »

Nikola and Bosch partner on hydrogen-electric Class 8 truck

Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, which was unveiled as a prototype last December. By 2021, the company intends to bring the Nikola One and Two to market, each of which will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 lb-ft… Read more »

California Clean Air Initiative includes measures to promote zero-emission vehicles

The California state legislature has passed a pair of bills (AB 134 and AB 109) that provide $1.5 billion for programs to cut emissions, including $895 million to reduce air pollution from mobile sources, which are responsible for 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The bills, which have been dubbed the “California Clean Air… Read more »