Commercial vehicle

  • Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, at 2019 CES

    The word "drayage" isn't commonly used, even among green-car fans, but it's used by the shipping and logistics industries to refer to the transport of goods over short distances. Drayage turns out to be the sweet spot for early efforts to put zero-emission heavy trucks on the road, including a joint project between Toyota and PACCAR's Kenworth brand, to put 10 hydrogen fuel-cell Class 8 semi tractors on the road. We've known the pair were collaborating on a new iteration of its hydrogen-powered trucks since September, but a prototype displayed at this week's 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in...

  • Prototype plug-in electric delivery van with fuel-cell range extender to be tested by UPS in 2017
    UPS adds battery energy storage for 118 electric vans in UK

    Electric vehicles are not only zero-emission and quieter and more pleasant to drive, they also clearly lower emissions of the carbon dioxide linked to climate change under most circumstances. For fleet operators who recharge large fleets of electric vehicles overnight, however, the load on electric...

  • Prototype plug-in electric delivery van with fuel-cell range extender to be tested by UPS in 2017
    UPS says 50 Workhorse plug-in hybrid trucks cost no more than regular delivery vans

    For almost a decade, commercial-fleet managers have acknowledged that electric truck are much cheaper to run per mile than the diesel equivalents they now use. But justifying the purchase of electric trucks has been a challenge because their upfront costs have been considerably higher. That may now...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter e-Sprinter electric version (European model)
    New Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van set for European debut

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial van launched today, the later generation of the successful delivery vehicle, and an electric version will enter production in 2019. It will debut initially in European markets, and might possibly make its way to North America—maybe. The eSprinter...

  • Workhorse W-15 extended-range electric pickup truck
    Workhorse expands $1,000 preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup from fleets to public for $1,000

    After $300 million in claimed fleet preorders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck, Workhorse will open its order books for everyone to claim a spot in the production schedule. The Workhorse W-15 will be the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more...

  • First all-electric articulated bus in the world, Palmdale, CA, by Nate Pitkin [CC BY-SA 4.0]
    California OKs more than half a billion dollars to clean up freight trucks, trains, buses

    California is using the growing sums of money it receives from its emission cap-and-trade auction for good, including to tackle up some of the state's most egregious transportation polluters. In mid-December, California announced it would invest $663 million in a plan to clean up particularly dirty...

  • Tesla Semi

    This time, Elon Musk is not alone. In mid-December, Daimler delivered its first 14 Fuso eCanter electric delivery trucks to customers in Germany, a reminder that while Tesla caught car companies flat-footed in 2012, incumbent truck makers are already preparing their countermeasures. In Daimler’s case, these weren’t even the eCanter’s first deliveries. Customer trials with prototype vehicles began in 2014, and Japanese production began in July for convenience store chain 7-11 (headquartered in Tokyo), which is deploying 25 eCanters. DON'T MISS: Mercedes parent Daimler...

  • Tesla Semi
    Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, DHL to test Tesla Semi; now UPS, Pepsi too (more updates)

    An Instagram post by an "outdoor living design and construction firm serving the Chicago Southland" seems to confirm at least several hundred reservations for Tesla's new all-electric truck. Elemental Landscapes of Illinois posted a screenshot of its reservation for three Tesla Semi trucks, showing...

  • Nissan-Voltia eNV200 MAXI operated by Gnewt Cargo
    Voltia conversion expands Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van for London

    As the United Kingdom joins other countries in committing to a future ban on fossil-fuel vehicles, commercial fleet operators that rely on diesel vehicles are left in a bit of a pickle. Nissan has an answer in its zero-emission eNV200 electric cargo van, but its small dimensions leave a lot to be...

  • U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"
    U.S. Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks

    The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles. The USPS began soliciting bids in 2016 and five finalists now remain in the running: they are...

  • Tesla Semi
    Tesla Semi: 500-mile range, lower running costs than diesel... and it's fast

    The long-awaited Tesla Semi electric truck was unveiled Thursday night and it promises to shake up the shipping industry by significantly reducing the cost of transporting goods from point-to-point. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi at a private event in California, where he touted a 500-mile...

  • Chanje V8070 Class 5 electric delivery van, Brooklyn, NY, Nov 2017
    Driving a Chanje electric electric cargo van: very big, far better than diesel

    A Class 5 cargo van is a remarkably large vehicle, especially when navigating it through the mixed industrial and 19th-century residential streets of the Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The Chanje V8070 electric cargo van, in fact, is the largest vehicle—electric or...

  • Workhorse N-Gen electric delivery van

    Workhorse, best known for its forthcoming W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck, today revealed its newest vehicle. The N-Gen electric van will tackle the important "last-mile" delivery segment, performed by vehicles that deliver parcels over relatively short distances. Not only makers like Workhorse but also their fleet customers have come to realize those routes are well-suited for electric vehicles that offer nearly zero emissions and substantially reduce noise pollution. DON'T MISS: Workhorse CEO: $300 million in preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup trucks The Workhorse N-Gen will...

  • E-Fuso Vision One concept
    Mercedes parent Daimler launches E-Fuso electric truck sub-brand

    Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, also owns the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation—which it used last week to preview major shifts coming to its Daimler Trucks business. It all took place at the reveal of E-Fuso, a new sub-brand of Daimler's Fuso operation that will...

  • Nissan LCV e-NV200 Fridge Concept for electric refrigerated small van at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan e-NV200 Fridge Concept: electric refrigerated van at Tokyo Motor Show

    Nissan will roll out a new electric van concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one that it believes will help solve urban delivery congestion. The e-NV200 Fridge Concept adds a refrigerated compartment to the existing e-NV200 electric small delivery van to keep various perishable goods fresh while...

  • Volkswagen e-Delivery
    VW plans for electric trucks and buses, starting production next year

    Volkswagen Group has now detailed its aggressive electrification timeline for every part of its vehicle operations, including heavy trucks, setting lofty goals for zero-emission vehicles in the future. While Volkswagen works on the passenger car side of things, VW Group's commercial-vehicle...

  • 2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)
    Nissan e-NV200 electric van gets longer-range battery; still no U.S. plans

    While U.S. buyers eagerly await the arrival of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car at dealerships early next year, the company has updated another of its electric vehicles as well. Unfortunately, it's one that the company has no current plans to sell in North America. That's the new longer-range...

  • Cummins Urban Hauler Tractor concept
    Electric trucks to grow fast from now through 2030: report

    In the coming years, the world's auto industry will continue to shift its product mix to electric and electrified vehicles to meet growing concerns over carbon emissions and stringent fuel-economy regulations across the globe. However, the passenger-car segment isn't the only area that will see...

  • Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid van for the UK

    As European countries continue to crack down on emissions from road vehicles, automakers are stepping up with solutions to reduce levels of smog-causing nitrogen oxides, especially in city centers. Ford identified the commercial vehicle segment as one it believes is ripe for electrification, and earlier this month it revealed its Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid van. Notably, the electrified powertrain does not use the gasoline engine to power the front wheels—ever. DON'T MISS: Ford to test plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in London Instead, the lithium-ion battery pack and Bosch electric...

  • Chanje medium-duty electric truck
    Chanje electric delivery truck from China to go on sale this year

    A new electric-vehicle company called Chanje isn't focused on cars; instead, has set its sights on what it believes is a prime market for electric vehicles. That market is medium-duty delivery trucks, of which there are 7 million in the United States. About 500,000 new commercial-delivery trucks...

  • Cummins Urban Hauler Tractor concept
    Cummins electric semi truck: traditional maker takes on Tesla

    The well-established Cummins company chose an appropriate time to reveal its all-electric semi tractor concept: just before Tesla prepares to reveal its own electric semi next month. The traditional diesel-engine maker debuted its Urban Hauler Tractor, a Class 7 semi truck with a 44,000-pound...

  • Arrival UK Royal Mail electric postal van
    UK Royal Mail electric vans now entering service

    The United Kingdom's Royal Postal Service has entered a new era as its first electric mail vans enter service. In total, nine electric postal vans from local company Arrival will enter the Royal Post's fleet, along with another 100 electric vans to be added in December from French brand Peugeot...

  • Teaser for Tesla semi truck debuting in September
    Tesla semi truck to test self-driving, capable of 'platooning': report

    With Tesla, there's always something new coming up to keep owners, buyers, and fans excited. The company's main task over the next year is to get its lower-priced Model 3 electric car into volume assembly at high quality, a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell." But there's more to...

  • Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept
    Several states want far cleaner diesel trucks; EPA to start rulemaking?

    Almost one-third of the heavy trucks on U.S. roads now use the most stringent emission-control systems, which radically reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides, soot, and other pollutants. Commercial trucks log much higher annual mileage than passenger cars, especially the semi tractors that haul...