battery-electric trucks

Business, Technology, Fuel

Commercial Trucks Pick Up Speed on Road to Sustainability

Nikola tractor The Nikola Two fuel-cell powered big rig hauler, set for production in 2023. (Nikola)

Commercial trucking is making progress with sustainability, but obstacles and unknowns remain, according to a coalition of industry groups.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 12, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola to Launch New US Plant With Tre Cabover Model

Nikola Tre Nikola's Tre model truck, which is scheduled to go into production at the Arizona plant in 2021. (Nikola Corp.)

The battery-electric cabover Nikola Tre model will be the first Class 8 off the assembly line at Nikola's manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Ariz.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Goes Public; Class 8 Battery-Electric Vehicle Due in 2021

Nikola Tre The Nikola Tre, which will go into production in Europe, its initial market, in late 2021. Some of the finished trucks will be funneled to the U.S., too. (Nikola Motor Co. via YouTube)

VectoIQ Acquisition Corp.’s stockholders on June 2 voted in favor of the previously announced business combination with Nikola Corp., a startup manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 3, 2020
Business, Technology

The Urban Garbage Truck Gets a High-Tech Battery Makeover

Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. (Volvo AB)

Automakers from Tesla Inc. to Ford Motor Co. are developing ever-sleeker, futuristic-looking electric cars. Volvo AB has something a little different in the race: the battery-powered garbage truck.

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Report Predicts Multiple Fuels Will Give Way to Battery-Electric

NACFE NACFE’s report, “Viable Class 7/8 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Tractors,” forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, by 2030. (NACFE)

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, in the 2030 time frame.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Battery-Electric Truck Slated for Europe in 2021

Nikola TRE hydrogen fuel cell truck Nikola debuted the TRE hydrogen fuel cell truck for the European market April 16, 2019. (Nikola Motor Co./YouTube)

Nikola Corp., Iveco and FPT Industrial announced they have begun development of their joint venture’s first truck: the battery-electric Nikola TRE.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

CARB Rule Would Set Sale Quotas for Zero-Emission Trucks

Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay. For Class 7 and Class 8 tractors, the regulation would require 3% of annual sales of zero-emissions tractors in California to begin in model year 2024, reaching 15% annually by model year 2030. (Getty Images)

The California Air Resources Board has proposed a regulation requiring that manufacturers sell a set percentage of zero-emissions battery-electric and fuel cell trucks beginning with model year 2024.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

PPG Adds Adhesives and Sealants Research Facility

PPG Industries Inc. announced it recently completed a 2,100-square-foot automotive adhesives and sealants laboratory on the company’s existing 42-acre manufacturing and research complex in Cleveland.

November 1, 2019
Technology, Equipment

Electric Trucks to Change How Equipment Is Spec’d

Electric truck on highway Tesla Inc.'s battery-powered Class 8 truck. Tesla unveiled the electric semi in November 2017 (Alexis Georgeson)

The brave new world of electric Class 8 trucks dawned in North America with the delivery of two battery-­electric Freightliner ­eCascadia tractors to customers this past August. Penske Truck Leasing and NFI are placing the vehicles into revenue service. With electric-powered trucks, however, comes a fundamental shift in how tomorrow’s freight-hauling equipment will be specified.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Rio to Produce Lithium in California, Joining Electric Car Battery Race

Man charging electric car Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Rio Tinto Group is starting pilot production of lithium in California and will consider an expansion to become the top domestic supplier in the U.S. as the world’s biggest miners look to boost their exposure to the electric car battery revolution.

David Stringer | Bloomberg News
October 22, 2019