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Electric/Hybrid – TriMet and PGE Harness the Wind to Power Buses in Portland – Renewable Energy Magazine

With the world apparently collapsing now in my lifetime, a handful of people are still attempting to shift the worlds focus onto more energy efficient options, especially when it comes to transportation. Renewable Energy Magazine has summarized the efforts that Oregon has made by launching their pilot made up of 5 electric buses which will run along side an already existing route to see if this will be a long term solution to contributing to conserving the environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, also called TriMet, has launched an exciting new program.
  • The program launches 5 new all electric buses, which will be charged by ABB, bus chargers.
  • The Chargers themselves are powered by wind power, generated by Portland General Electric.

“The new battery electric buses scored as the quietest buses ever in one Federal Transit Administration test. The amount of noise they make idling — about 39 decibels — is generally quieter than the ambient noise surrounding them.”

Read more: https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/trimet-and-pge-harness-the-wind-to-20190515

Clean Energy Zero Now truck orders surpass 250 and climbing – Modern Bulk Transporter

The goal of Clean Energy Zero Now program is to convert natural gas to replace diesel fuel in heavy truck engines. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the benefits provided by fleets that used the new trucks. The guaranteed fuel discount is a huge bonus as it decreases the costs to operating a trucking business. The fuel is derived from biogenic methane captured from landfills and water waste plants and converted into usable energy. It allows for a 70% reduction in carbon emissions when displacing gas or diesel. It’s win-win for everyone.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clean Energy’s Zero Now program works to make a natural gas heavy-duty truck equal to that of diesel when purchased new.
  • There is a positive reaction to the program and fleets are benefiting from the advantages.
  • These vehicles use biogenic methane sourced from landfills and waste water treatment plants.

“The demand for clean, cost-effective renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel continues to rise as Clean Energy Fuels Corp announced it has reached agreements with trucking firms to lease or purchase more than 250 new heavy-duty trucks, fueled by its Redeem RNG.”

Read more: https://www.bulktransporter.com/green-trends/clean-energy-zero-now-truck-orders-surpass-250-and-climbing

Updated Freightliner Cascadia to offer semi-automated driving – Fleet Owner

Daimler Trucks North America recently introduced its first semi-automated (Level 2) truck for the American market. DTNA’s upgraded 2020 Freightliner Cascadia follows its 2015 introduction of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which was the first self-driving commercial truck to get licensed for American roads. The Level 2 truck will be controlled by a driver at all times, but boasts sophisticated capabilities that will assist with many driver functions. DTNA is set to begin mass production of the Level 2 truck later this year, and is already working on a highly automated (Level 4) truck as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • The first semi-automated truck that was slated for the US market was launched recently by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) at a January 7 press conference.
  • Roger Nielsen, DTNA president and CEO, states that the company promises to make the trucks a true American success story.
  • DTNA unveiled a self-driving truck four years ago at the Hoover Dam and this is the first time it is appearing at the CES.

“Now we take automated trucking to the next level: we’re ready to launch the first partially automated new Freightliner Cascadia in 2019”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/equipment/updated-freightliner-cascadia-offer-semi-automated-driving

The future of trucking in Great Falls | News – KULR-TV

The amount of exports that come from Canada has always been a substantial number due to their dollar being worth less than the American dollar. In association to this statistic, Great Falls is naturally seeing a large number of imports and exports within their area. The future in commercial trucking in Great Falls is quite promising, with Turbo Auto Transport alone managing between 300-500 trucking routes in Canada each month. The number of imports and exports surrounding this region are not expected to diminish any time soon, making it a great opportunity for those looking for stable work.

Key Takeaways:

  • In the trucking industry, there has not been much of a growth in the career field but a lot of increase in job responsibilities have occurred.
  • There are a lot of exports to Canada from the Great Falls as the Canadian dollar is less valuable than the American dollar.
  • A company in Great Falls, Turbo Auto Transport, delivers about three to five hundred trips of trucks to Canada from Great Falls every month.

“The trucking industry in Great Falls has seen a dramatic increase in importing and exporting goods; especially with our Canadian neighbors to the north.”

Read more: https://www.kulr8.com/news/the-future-of-trucking-in-great-falls/article_e9e5d672-14c4-11e9-8b48-2fbb6544d68c.html

Commercial Fleet Sales Increased 8.8% in 2018

The number of sales when it comes to commercial fleet vehicles has increased 8.8%. This increase was determined after eight mainstream manufacturers were evaluated. This 8.8% increase lead to a total of 743,210 commercial fleets being sold altogether. In December, however, the total amount of rental fleets that were recorded dropped by 11.6%. Only 140,010 commercial fleets were rented last month, which may be partially due to more and more corporations owning their own fleets within the 8.8% sale increase.

Key Takeaways:

  • December was a weak month for car manufacturers but sales of vehicles to fleets for commercial purposes increased by 8.8 percent to 743,210 in 2018.
  • Data from Automotive Fleet also showed sales for trucks and passenger cars. Truck sales increased by 10 percent to 656,395 and passenger cars sales increased by 0.7% to 86,815.
  • Also, in 2018, daily rental sales from nine manufacturers saw an increase of 7 percent to 1.7 million.

“Sales to government fleets from five manufacturers increased 2.4% to 268,242 in 2018. Truck-based sales increased 5% to 223,667, while sales of cars fell 8.6% to 44,575. For December, sales increased 7.1% to 21,342. Truck-based sales increased 7.9% to 17,663, while car sales increased 3.1% to 3,679.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/322120/commercial-fleet-sales-increased-8-8-in-2018

Toyota, Kenworth Collaborate on Zero-Emission Trucks

Toyota Motors and the Kenworth Truck Company are both coming together to form ten different Kenworth T680s with zero emissions. The project is funded by a $41 million grant that was issued to them by the California Air Resources Board. The prime applicant of this project was the Port of Los Angeles. They plan for the vehicle to transport hefty amounts of cargo to Ontario and San Bernardino in order to detect how effective it truly is.

Key Takeaways:

  • 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s are set to be produced by Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America in a collaboration that powers the trucks with hydrogen fuel cells.
  • This collaboration between Kenworth and Toyota is part of a $41 million grant for Zero and Near-Zero Emissions freight Facilities from the Californian Air Resources Board.
  • The aim of the grant which is a subset of a larger $82 million program is to put fuel cell electric tractors, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Los Angeles.

“The Kenworth T680s will transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to inland cities – such as Ontario and San Bernardino – while generating zero emissions, other than water vapor, thanks to their fully electric hydrogen fuel cell powertrain integrations co-developed by Kenworth and Toyota.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/322353/toyota-kenworth-collaborate-on-zero-emission-trucks

Toyota, Kenworth Collaborate on Zero-Emission Trucks

Kenworth and Toyota are using grants received as part of a California Air Resource Board (CARB) project to design and build 10 Kenworth T680s that run on electric powertrains powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The trucks will operate within the Los Angeles area and also serve more inland cities. The trucks generate no emissions (except water vapor), and work by combining hydrogen gas and air to generate electricity. CARB is also funding hydrogen fueling infrastructure to support fuel cell electric trucks like these.

Key Takeaways:

  • The collaboration between Kenworth and Toyota is part of a $41 million Zero and near-Zero emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant which the California Air Resources Board awarded.
  • There is an ongoing program to put fuel cell electric tractors, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and zero emissions cargo handling equipment into operation at the ports and Los Angeles.
  • Hydrogen gas and air are combined in the Kenworth T680s and Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains to produce electricity.

“Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/322353/toyota-kenworth-collaborate-on-zero-emission-trucks

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