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Should Heavy-Duty Truck Owners Consider Mild-Hybrid Systems?

Should Heavy-Duty Truck Owners Consider Mild-Hybrid Systems?

As carmakers work to meet stricter global emissions standards, many regular internal-combustion cars will adopt some degree of electrification--including systems with mild-hybrid aspects. A "mild hybrid" powertrain isn't capable of using electricity alone for propulsion. But it offers more... read more

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Workhorse Walk-In van, now produced by Amp Holdings and electrically powered

Amp Electric's Workhorse Wants To Be 'Tesla Of Trucks' For Electric Delivery Vans

Aside from economic recession and cautious buyers, one of the biggest challenges for companies that want to sell electrified commercial trucks turns out to be ... making or... read more February 23, 2015 by 


 
U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"

U.S.P.S. 'Long Life' Vehicles Last 25 Years, But Age Shows Now

Snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night may not keep U.S. Postal Service mail carriers from their rounds, but their trucks are another story. After more than 25 years in... read more February 17, 2015 by 


 
Coca-Cola Chevrolet Express van with XL Hybrids conversion

Coke Tests Add-In Hybrid System For Better Gas Mileage On Service Vans

Operators of commercial vans have fewer options for fuel efficiency than individual buyers of passenger cars, but luckily, there's always the aftermarket. Coca-Cola has... read more November 11, 2014 by 


 
Achates opposed-piston two-stroke diesel engine, as it would be packaged for truck installation

Achates Closer To Production Of Radically Efficient Two-Stroke Truck Diesel

Suppose you could take an old engine concept discarded in the 1970s, add modern fuel metering and injection control hardware and software, and offer a compact powerplant that... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
WrightSpeed turbine range-extended electric powertrain in medium-duty truck used by FedEx

FedEx Tests Wrightspeed Electric Trucks With Diesel Turbine Range Extender

While electric passenger vehicles get the lion's share of public attention, commercial trucks are often as good or better for electric drive. With a huge global fleet and a... read more October 14, 2014 by 


 
Echo Automotive's EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid kit

Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright... read more September 5, 2014 by 


 
BYD K9 All-Electric Bus, as tested in Portland OR

Portland Tests BYD K9 All-Electric Passenger Bus: Quick Ride

If Warren Buffett needed to catch a ride across town, we suspect he might do it exactly the way that we did this past week: in an all-electric BYD bus. Buffett’s... read more June 23, 2014 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 electric van prototype, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012

Nissan e-NV200 Electric-Van Battery Adds Thermal Conditioning

The Nissan Leaf is by far the world's best-selling electric car, but one of the ways Nissan has kept its cost down is by eliminating an active-cooling system for its... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200  -  First Drive, June 2014

Driving Nissan e-NV200 All-Electric Small Commercial Van

One of two Nissan e-NV200 all-electric vans being used in North America was pushed into service yesterday by Portland General Electric (PGE). And we were among the first to... read more June 13, 2014 by 


 
Smith Electric Vehicles Newton

Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month. The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 electric van on assembly line in Barcelona, Spain; production started in May 2014

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Minivan Production Starts In Spain (VIDEO)

Nissan officially started production of its second electric vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200 small van, at its assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain. The battery-electric van blends... read more May 6, 2014 by 


 
Semi trailer

Why Little APUs Can Save Giant Amounts Of Diesel Fuel

If you've never heard of an APU, you may not be a long-haul trucker. The acronym stands for auxiliary power unit, in this case a generator or other form of generating... read more April 27, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

It's Not Just Cars: Diesel Tractors, Construction Equipment Clean Up Emissions Too

Cars and utility vehicles are getting greener, but they're far from the only vehicles out there. To reduce the environmental impact of internal-combustion engines in a... read more March 24, 2014 by 


 
Walmart WAVE concept truck.

Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?

Heavy-duty trucks spend more time on the road than passenger vehicles, so improving their efficiency can have a major effect on emissions--and their owners' bottom lines... read more March 3, 2014 by 


 

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