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
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous, Electric Infrastructure Will Expand With Demand, Experts Say

 Rick Mihelic, director of future technologies studies at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency Rick Mihelic is the director of future technologies studies at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

DALLAS — Infrastructure required for autonomous and electric vehicles will follow demand for such products, according to technology experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Bollinger Introduces Electric Trucks

Bollinger B1 Bollinger B1 SUV by Bollinger Motors

Bollinger Motors debuted its four-door, all-electric SUV and pickup trucks.

Henry Payne | The Detroit News
September 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Pace of EV Introductions Could Quicken

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' plan calls for electric replacement of all shipping trucks no later than 2030. (John Locher/Associated Press)

A trickle of electrified heavy-duty commercial vehicles are taking to the roads, as fleets and truck makers embrace a trend that industry forecasters predict could reshape the nation’s highways, with more and more diesel-powered freight trucks gradually converting to electrification.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Dana Acquires e-Powertrain Integrator Nordresa

Dana Holding Corps. building Dana Holding Corp.

Dana Inc. announced it completed the acquisition of Nordresa Motors Inc., which designs and integrates electric systems for commercial vehicles.

August 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

First Electric Freightliner eCascadia Models Enter Freight Operations at NFI, Penske

Penske, NFI eCascadias Penske Truck Leasing and NFI will operate the first two electric Freightliner eCascadia models in Southern California. (Daimler Trucks North America)

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — Daimler Trucks North America has handed over its first two battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia models to NFI and Penske Truck Leasing for use in their daily freight operations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Electric Trucks Will Demand New Expertise

BYD electric tractor A BYD electric tractor by BYD North America

Some industry representatives suggest that electric-powered vehicles will not only reduce diesel pollutants, but also ­attract a new generation of recruits to the field of heavy truck maintenance.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
July 19, 2019
Business, Technology

ACT Panel: Hydrogen Fuel Cells Face Off With All-Electric Batteries

Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning for Penske Truck Leasing Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning for Penske Truck Leasing at the ACT Expo panel discussion on alternative fuels. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Many transportation executives see a role for electric trucks in the years to come, but the question of which power-delivery method will move to the forefront — pure-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell electric — remains open, experts said.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 1, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Extreme Temps Affect Electric Truck Batteries

A BYD battery-electric truck A BYD battery-electric truck. Replacing diesel-powered trucks will bring challenges. (California HVIP)

All major truck builders and several startups are preparing to develop, test and market either battery-electric vehicles or fuel-cell/battery models in the very near term. Replacing diesel-powered Class 8 trucks, though, will present numerous challenges to an industry accustomed to proven and reliable diesel-­engine technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Lion Electric Announces Battery-Electric Class 8

Lion electric truck The LION Electric/YouTube

The Lion Electric Co. announced its first all-electric Class 8, a day cab model.

March 11, 2019