Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Walmart, Tesla Settle Lawsuit Over Fiery Solar Panels

Outside of Walmart store The outside of a Walmart store in Walpole, Mass., on Sept. 3, 2019. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Walmart and Tesla have settled a lawsuit filed by the retail giant alleging that Tesla installed rooftop solar panels that caught fire.

November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Walmart, Tesla Pause in Legal Fight Over Fiery Solar Panels

Front of Walmart store with sun shining Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar

NEW YORK — Walmart said Aug. 23 that it is working on a resolution with Tesla after the retail giant sued the electric car company’s energy division for installing rooftop solar panels that caught fire.

August 23, 2019
Business, Technology

Electric Cars, Solar Compete for Same Parts

Solar Panels Bloomberg News

Electric vehicles and solar tend to get lumped together as partners in the climate-friendly push to phase out fossil fuels. Now they’re competing head-to-head for high-tech components that have been in short supply.

May 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

Here Comes the Sun

eNow solar charging A demonstration of eNow's solar charging. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As truck makers prepare to test and introduce Class 8 battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks in the next 12 to 24 months, one must wonder why only a very small number of truck operators have adopted clean solar technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Powering Liftgates

Solar panel on a cab roof A single, 310-watt eNow solar panel installed on a cab roof. (eNow Energy)

Advances in batteries and charging systems, as well as the use of solar panels, are helping to solve the problem of liftgates that drain a truck's battery.

Susan L. Hodges | Contributing Writer
September 21, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Logistics

ENow Shows 53-Foot Trailer With Solar-Based Refrigeration

eNow refrigerated trailer eNow

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Solar technology provider eNow unveiled a 53-foot refrigerated trailer with solar panels mounted on its roof, calling it the first such all-electric solar-based refrigeration system to be deployed.

May 8, 2018
Business, Technology

Fleets Take Do-It-Yourself Approach to Solar-Panel Installation

Holland Enterprises Inc.

Solar panel manufacturers said they have worked to make their products easy to deploy, and several fleets said they have opted to install the panels themselves.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Technology, Equipment

Solar Solutions

Fleets are deploying solar panels to help power a variety of onboard systems. Go Power

A growing number of fleets are turning to an alternative energy source — the sun — to help meet the growing demand for power on board their trucks.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2017

Estes Express Lines and Dynamic Energy Complete Rooftop Solar Project

Solar Panels Dynamic Energy

Estes Express Lines and Dynamic Energy Complete 688 kW Rooftop Solar Project in Pennsylvania.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
June 22, 2017

Building a Sustainable ‘Highway of the Future’

The Ray

WEST POINT, Ga. — Just past the Alabama border, in a bit of rural Georgia filled with manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses, there's an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 where new technologies are being tested for what could be a green highway of the future.

Jenni Bergal |
June 8, 2017