Business, Technology, Equipment

Electric-Powered Reefer Units Gaining Momentum

As truck manufacturers and suppliers begin to move toward electric-powered vehicles and components, the same trend is emerging for trailer refrigeration.

Gary Frantz | Contributing Writer
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

In Shift to Electric Buses, China Is Ahead of US

Electric Buses An electric bus charges. (Getty Images)

Plodding down DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn is a bus moving under the power of an eerily quiet motor. It looks newer than most buses on the route, with a vivid digital display facing the driver and doors that part with a futuristic pneumatic swoosh. Commuters trundling aboard at rush hour don’t seem to realize this is one of the few electric buses—300 last year, to be exact—in America.

Brian Eckhouse | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: Old Man Winter Can’t Stop Freight

With quarterly earnings underway, we’re getting a look at how the industry fared during the first three months of 2019, a year which some have predicted could mark the beginning of a cooldown from last year’s red-hot freight market. Turns out the start of this year for freight haulers wasn’t marked so much by a cooldown as it was cold and snowy weather.

Transport Topics
April 25, 2019

End of Diesel Engines Is In Sight, Daimler’s Roger Nielsen Says

Roger Nielsen Roger Nielsen outlines his vision for the future of electric trucks. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The beginning of the end is here for the internal-combustion truck engine, said Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, the largest truck manufacturer on the continent.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Industry Task Force to Tackle Electric Vehicle Charging System Standard

Electric Vehicle Charging NFI's Bill Bliem. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — A task force comprising trucking and transportation industry stakeholders is set to vote on adoption of recommended standards for power cables, connections and other equipment for high-powered electric charging stations for commercial vehicles.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 1, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Growth of Electric Vehicles Could Jeopardize Iowa’s Road Fund

Electric cars charging Bloomberg News

In about 20 years, the growing use of electric vehicles could take a quarter-billion-dollar-a-year hit on a state fund relied upon to finance better roads, the Iowa Department of Transportation said Jan. 29.

James Q. Lynch | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
January 30, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Tackling Electrical Systems

Quality Transport Co. diagnostics Quality Transport Co. President Dave Dettman watches as a technician runs diagnostics on a truck. (Quality Transport Co.)

Technicians often don't troubleshoot a truck's electrical system to the extent they could, according to a recent assessment by the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations. Here's why.

Susan L. Hodges | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Replay: LiveOnWeb's 'Plugging Into an Electric Future'

LiveOnWeb panelists Dan Ronan, Seth Clevenger, Keith Brandis Left to right: LiveOnWeb panelists Dan Ronan and Seth Clevenger of Transport Topics, Keith Brandis of Volvo Trucks North America

On our Dec. 19 LiveOnWeb program, we were “Plugging Into an Electric Future” as we assessed the rapid escalation of development and deployment of electric vehicle technology. Watch the replay.

Transport Topics
December 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Volvo Trucks to Introduce All-Electric Version of VNR Model

A preview of the Volvo VNR Electric A preview of the Volvo VNR Electric. (Volvo Trucks North America)

WASHINGTON — Volvo Trucks will bring electric-powered commercial trucks to North America in 2019 by introducing a battery-electric version of its VNR regional haul model.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

AxleTech, Thor Trucks Partner to Build Heavy-Duty E-Powertrain

Heavy-Duty E-Powertrain Thor intends to market in 2019 the ET-1, a battery-electric Class 8 day cab that will have a 100-mile range and cost $150,000. (Thor Trucks Inc.)

AxleTech and Thor Trucks have partnered to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain, according to an Oct. 16 press release. The two will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology.

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018