Category: Electric Truck

Electric Skeptics

Are you an “electric skeptic?” Someone who the attention given to electric cars and trucks is just hype or somehow artificial? It’s understandable if you are. We live in an era of competing ideologies and persistent mistrust. Perhaps you think the cries of alarm over climate change are overblown. Or maybe you think there’s something [...]
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FCCC Launches Electric MT50e Walk-in Van

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has launched the MT50e, its all-electric, medium-duty Class 5 walk-in van focused on meeting the demands of last-mile delivery.   It's the latest addition to Daimler Trucks North America's overall electric vehicle portfolio, which includes the Freightliner  battery-electric eCascadia and eM2, as well as Thomas Built Buses’ Jouley school bus. To [...]
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Q&A: WiTricity CMO Amy Barzdukas on Wireless Charging for MD Trucks

Even in these early days of battery electric vehicles, charging cables are already proving to be potential problems. They can be heavy and unwieldly, they are trip hazards, and if it hasn’t already happened, drivers are bound to drive off without first unplugging, or just leaving the cable laying on the ground. To read the [...]
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How Will Utilities Deal with Electric-Vehicle Charging and Stressed Electric Grids?

A 2019 study by the U.S. Department of Energy estimated that increased demand for electricity — much of that for electric vehicles — could see a 38% increase in energy demand by 2050. And the Biden administration wants to build 500,000 EV chargers and "electrify thousands of school and transit buses across the country.” To [...]
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Daimler Testing Long Haul Hydrogen-Powered Truck

Daimler Trucks’ revealed in 2020 their precise testing of its second-generation hydrogen-powered prototype truck, which the company describes as a significant breakthrough on the path to production of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck. The goal is to achieve ranges of up to 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles) and more without any stops for refueling. Comprehensive series of tests were conducted in late April focusing on factors such as continuous operation, strange weather and road conditions, and various driving maneuvers.

The vehicle will also be tested on public roads before the end of 2021 as part of Daimler Trucks’ development plan and customer trials are scheduled to begin in 2023. Moreover, first series-produced GenH2 Trucks are expected to be handed over to customers starting in 2027.

The GenH2 features completely newly-designed components which include the fuel-cell system, the all-electric powertrain, and all of the associated systems such as the special cooling unit. It also uses liquid hydrogen which results in smaller and significantly lighter tanks which significantly increases the trucks’ range.

The truck bears the message, “powered by cell centric,” which is the joint fuel-cell venture recently formed by Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group to accelerate the rollout of hydrogen-based fuel-cells for trucks.

“We want to offer our customers the best locally CO2-neutral trucks — powered by either batteries or hydrogen-based fuel-cells, depending on the use case,” said Martin Daum, Daimler Trucks chief. “The hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive will become indispensable for CO2-neutral long-haul road transport in the future. This is also confirmed by our many partners with whom we are working together at full steam to put this technology on the road in series-production vehicles.”

He also pointed to the “considerable momentum” being generated by European regulators for the use of hydrogen for road freight transport.
“Political support plays an important role in promoting the creation of an infrastructure for green hydrogen and making an economically viable use of fuel-cell trucks possible for our customers,” he said.

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Gauging the Future of Diesel

HDT Talks Trucking talked with Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit Diesel Technology Forum, to learn more about the current state of diesel power. Diesel, according to Schaeffer, is not only not going anywhere, but it is also becoming cleaner. He told HDT Talks Trucking host Jim Park, "Diesel is in a good spot [...]
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Cummins Announces Connected X15 Engine for Freightliner Cascadia

Cummins is bringing connectivity to the X15 Efficiency series engines and Endurant HD powertrains used in Freightliner Trucks. Buyers of the Freightliner Cascadia will get Acumen, an ECU that connects to Cummins’ technology platform, enabling direct access to over-the-air updates, digital apps and future service-related features. By expanding their line of connected vehicles, Cummins hopes [...]
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