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
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Automation, Electrification Could Advance Faster in Intermodal

Automation Suhonen (left), Saxton, Long and Boyd discuss the future of autonomous and electric technologies. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous technologies and electrified equipment will have specific roles in the transportation and intermodal sectors and already are increasing safety and improving efficiency. As the technology continues to advance, it may gain adoption faster in the controlled situations within intermodal yards and drayage environments.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

A Plug-Free Way to Fill the World With Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles Engineers work in front of a computer at the Hevo Inc. power facility. (Christopher Lee/Bloomberg News)

Umer Anwer stops on the street near Tesla Inc.’s Brooklyn showroom and grabs his smartphone. He’s looking for a spot to charge his electric car, and the Tesla charging plugs won’t work with the Nissan Leaf he’s driving. In fact, he would prefer not to bother with a plug at all.

Bloomberg News
September 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

China's Shenzhen Quietly Emerges as Megacity With Electric-Vehicle Focus

A Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group electric bus A Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group electric bus stands plugged to a Potevio Co. charging station at a public transportation hub in Shenzhen, China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The shift to electric vehicles that China has been pushing more than any other country has put Shenzhen at the leading edge of something unprecedented: the quieter city

Blake Schmidt | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Will Your Next Truck Be a Plug-In?

RoadSigns podcast

Are electric vehicles poised to break through in commercial transportation? Episode 3 of RoadSigns has the answer. Click to listen.

Transport Topics
August 13, 2018
Government, Business

Electric Vehicles Seen Imperiling US Jobs, UAW Says

Tesla Inc.

The lonely voice to speak up in support of the Trump administration’s investigation into U.S. auto imports warned the rise of electric vehicles could be dire for American jobs.

Ryan Beene and Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
July 19, 2018