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November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Trash Truck Deployed

Ratto will deploy at least 15 Freightliner Condors retrofitted with Wrightspeed's Route turbine-electric hybrid powertrain over the next year.  Photo: Wrightspeed Powertrains

The Ratto Group says existing vehicles are being equipped with Wrightspeed’s Route heavy-duty powertrain consisting of a turbine engine, generator, battery pack and electronic controls.

Tags: Turbine Truck Engines, Refuse Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, Wrightspeed

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

New York Power to Install 300 EV Charging Stations

Photo via flickr/marlordo59

New York Power Authority will build the charging stations with the option to provide installation and networking services. The utility can also offer infrastructure and services to governmental customers at lower rates and favorable financing terms.

Tags: New York, EV Charging Stations

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Starts Production of ISL G Natural Gas Engine

Photo by Cummins Westport.

Orders are being processed and production has started for Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine, the company announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins Westport, GHG Phase 2, Emissions Reduction

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

BMW's Hybrid Tech to Power Workhorse Delivery Trucks

Photo of E-Gen step van courtesy of Workhorse Group.

BMW has signed a multiple-year supply agreement to integrate its i3 range extender (REx) units into the Workhorse step van to extend the range of the Class 3-5 delivery vehicles.

Tags: Workhorse, BMW i3, Delivery Fleets, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Registration Open for 2017 Work Truck Show

Registration is now open for the Work Truck Show 2017 and Green Truck Summit, to be held March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit, Events, Medium-Duty Trucks, Work Trucks

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Adding 200 Hybrid Delivery Trucks

Photo courtesy of UPS.

The vehicles feature a 2-cylinder engine and E-GENTM chassis and deliver approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.

Tags: UPS, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Delivery Fleets

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

DC Water Uses Biodiesel to Fuel its Fleet

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board

DC Water now uses biodiesel fuel to fuel all 230 of its diesel vehicles, including sewer trucks, utility and dump trucks, crane trucks, and crew cabs. The agency uses a B-20 blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, B20, DC Water

September 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ore. County Tests In-Vehicle CNG Compressor

The road inspector's truck runs on gasoline and CNG. Photo courtesy of Deschutes County

For the past year, the Deschutes County (Ore.) Road Department has been testing a new way to green its fleet. The fleet has partnered with a local technology company to install an in-vehicle natural gas compressor.

Tags: Compressed Natural Gas

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Testing Results on Propane Autogas Ford Transit

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

In a recent Environmental Protection Agency emissions test, the Ford Transit showed dramatic reductions of harmful emissions while performing on propane autogas when compared to the same engine operating on gasoline.

Tags: Emissions, Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Ford, Ford Transit

September 22, 2016 - Product News

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

The Fuso eCanter shown at IAA displays a little more pizazz for the show, including a redesigned interior showcasing connectivity functions. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler plans to introduce two new electric commercial vehicles into the U.S. in the next few years, it announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, while also showing off a highly connected and efficient electric concept truck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Awarded DOE Funding for Emissions, Electric Vehicle Research

Image courtesy of UPS.

UPS has been awarded two Department of Energy grants that will enable the company to conduct research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks.

Tags: UPS, Emissions Reduction, U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Vehicles

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

EDI, First Priority GreenFleet Partner to Produce Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Photo via Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

Hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions company Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and First Priority GreenFleet announced an agreement to produce alternative-fuel commercial vehicles.

Tags: Hybrid Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

NTEA's Fleet Relations Director Joins Chicago Clean Cities Board

Lyon

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) has elected Chris Lyon, NTEA director of fleet relations, to its executive board.

Tags: NTEA, Clean Cities, Board of Directors

September 2, 2016 - Industry News

Chicago Park District Using Cooking Oil to Fuel Trucks

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District

Through its biodiesel program, the Chicago Park District recycles used cooking oil from local restaurants to fuel 56 vehicles in its fleet, including lawnmowers, refuse trucks, and log loaders.

Tags: Biodiesel, Clean Cities, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

Tags: Isuzu, XL Hybrids, U.S. Department of Energy, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 29, 2016 - Press Release

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.

Tags: Fleet Incentives, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

Battery-Powered Trucks a 'Big Lift' for Calif. Utility

Recently, SCE took delivery of two lithium-ion-battery-equipped troubleman trucks, so named because they are used by troublemen, experts who are dispatched to investigate the causes of power outages. And, 22 more are on the way, according to the utility. (Photo: Southern California Edison).

Southern California Edison is investing in a new generation of environmentally friendly service trucks whose overhead lifts are powered by the same kind of batteries used in plug-in electric cars, according to the utility.

Tags: Southern California Edison, Troublemen, Battery-Powered Trucks, Bucket Trucks

August 25, 2016 - Industry News

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas, Regulations

August 24, 2016 - Industry News

N.Y. Municipality Acquires Largest Municipal Utility EV Fleet in State

Photo courtesy of New York Power Authority.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with Fairport Electric to create the largest municipal utility electric vehicle fleet in the state.

Tags: New York, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Utility Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy, SuperTruck, Federal Grants

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Nissan, Urban Labs Drive Sustainability

Catherine Walker is a hand's on educator. She works for Urban Gree Lab, a 30-foot mobile classroom in Nashville and the city's only nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well being of people through sustainability (photo courtesy of Nissan).

Thanks to its founding partner, Nissan, Urban Green Lab is able to move its 30-foot mobile classroom around Middle Tennessee.

Tags: Nissan, Education, Nissan Titan, Urban Green Lab

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Orange EV Launches Class 8 Electric Truck

Orange EV's all-new Class 8 pure-electric terminal truck. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV.)

Orange EV, a manufacturer of electrification solutions for industrial fleets, is now accepting orders for its all-new T-Series pure-electric terminal truck.

Tags: Class 8, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Electric Trucks, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Terminal Trucks

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Receives $6M Fuel Cell Grant

Ford Motor Co. has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has announced.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Ford, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Wash. County Utility Considers Renewable Diesel

Photo courtesy of Chelan County.

The Chelan County (Wash.) Public Utility District is considering making the switch to renewable biodiesel to fuel its fleet.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets, Renewable Diesel

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, XL3 Hybrid System, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Cargo Vans

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