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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:43 pm

Via GCC:
Shell and bio-bean partner to produce B20 biodiesel using waste coffee; fuel for London buses

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/11/20171120-biobean.html

. . . .The average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, resulting in more than 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, much of which would otherwise end in landfill with the potential to emit 126 million kg of CO2, according to bio-bean. bio-bean works to collect some of these waste coffee grounds from high street chains and factories.

The grounds are dried and processed before coffee oil is extracted. bio-bean works with its fuel partner Argent Energy to process this oil into a blended B20 biofuel. 6,000 liters of coffee oil has been produced, which if used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, could help power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:21 pm

Via GCC:
CMB launching dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel ship
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/11/20171130-cmb.html

. . . The shuttle will be mainly used as a platform to test hydrogen technology for commercial sea-going vessels. In a first phase, the Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during the rush hour.

The 14-meter Hydroville can carry 16 passengers plus 2 crew, and is powered by two hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines with a total shaft power of 441 kW. The ship has 12 hydrogen tanks (205 liters @ 200 bar) and two diesel fuel tanks (2x265 liters) for pilot/backup fuel.

Maximum speed is 27 knots; cruise speed is 22 knots.
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:01 pm

Via GCC:
Chautauqua County deploys Orange EV battery-electric terminal truck
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171207-orange.html

Orange EV and Chautauqua County announced the deployment of an Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck at the North County Transfer Station in Fredonia, NY. Replacing a 15+-year-old diesel truck with 100% electric completely eliminates yard truck emissions and diesel fuel consumption while advancing efforts to meet the energy, environmental, and economic goals established in the Chautauqua County 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. . . .

Chautauqua’s new electric yard truck, which is shuttling trailers at the North County Transfer Station, is expected to work through a full shift on a single charge. Chautauqua is planning to order a second Orange EV yard truck in January 2018 to be deployed at the South County Transfer Station. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:23 pm

Via GCC:
Prototype Mack heavy-duty plug-in hybrid truck part of e-Highway demo near Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
9 December 2017
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171209-mack.html

A prototype Mack Pinnacle axle back model equipped with a proprietary plug-in hybrid electric driveline recently participated in a zero-emission eHighway demonstration in Carson, California. (Earlier post.)

The demo was conducted near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as part of a project with Siemens and sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The goal of the project is to reduce air pollution at freight-intensive locations, such as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest ports in the US.

Siemens installed the eHighway infrastructure, which covers one mile of select lanes of a highway with a catenary system similar to those used to power trolleys or streetcars. . . .

I don't see this as a likely way to go for trucks, but there is a photo.
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:21 pm

Via GCC:
SunLine orders five New Flyer fuel cell buses
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171212-nfi.html

SunLine Transit Agency in California has awarded New Flyer of America—the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries—with a contract for five Xcelsior fuel cell-electric forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The new order, which was supported by the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Transportation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No-Emission (Low-No) fund (earlier post), supports fleet expansion aligned to SunLine’s mandate to provide safe and environmentally conscious public transportation and alternative fuel solutions in the Coachella Valley.

Sunline already has five fuel cell buses in its operations. SunLine will also be upgrading its on-site hydrogen generation fuel infrastructure as part of this new project.

In its partnership with CARB, SunLine will be testing one full year of revenue service, measuring environmental impact and sustainability of the fuel cell powered heavy-duty transit buses.

SunLine Transit Agency provides public bus service in the Coachella Valley and Riverside-Downtown areas of California, and moves more than 3.5 million passengers per year. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:21 pm

Both via GCC:
Workhorse Group applies for $250M loan from DOE Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171214-workhorse.html

Workhorse Group Inc., the developer of a plug-in electric pickup truck (earlier post), has applied for a $250-million loan from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program. The company also announced that DOE has deemed its application to be substantially complete for purposes of DOE beginning its preliminary evaluation of the technical, financial, legal and other aspects of the application.

There are a significant number of additional milestones Workhorse will need to achieve in order to progress its application towards a conditional commitment and any final loan agreement.

Workhorse is pursuing the ATVM loan, as well as other sources of financing, in order to equip its manufacturing plant in Union City, Indiana, for the production of the W-15 four-wheel drive plug-in electric pickup truck. Workhorse CEO and President Stephen Burns said that the company has received letters of intent to purchase more than 5,000 W-15s. . . .


Daimler trucks delivers first FUSO eCanter all-electric trucks to customers in Europe
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171214-fuso.html

Daimler Trucks is delivering the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter (earlier post) to European customers: DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser. The customers are all in the logistics business, but the trucks’ areas of operation are diverse. The customers obtain their vehicles via a 24-month rental from CharterWay, Daimler’s own rental and leasing expert in the commercial vehicle business.

    Deutsche Post DHL will use its six vehicles in two business divisions: two vehicles will perform inner city delivery runs of business and private customers of DHL Freight’s Berlin branch, for heavy individual cargo, such as electrical or large household appliances. DHL Paket will use four vehicles for the delivery of goods to businesses and corporate clients. For this, the electric trucks will be fully integrated in existing business processes and will replace the vehicles with conventional drivetrains which were used so far.

    DB Schenker will test its series production electric vehicle sfor inner city logistics under real-life production conditions. Among other tasks, one of the three trucks will deliver and collect general cargo in the inner city of Berlin.

    Rhenus Group will use its three FUSO eCanter within its home delivery unit. From the central warehouse in Hoppegarten, the all-electric trucks will deliver furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and heavy sport equipment to the inner city of Berlin.

    Two more FUSO eCanter will be driving for the transport company Dachser. Their job will be the general goods transportation core business on the last mile, meaning pallets with industrial goods either at micro-hubs or goods that are delivered directly to the customer, as well as collecting goods and delivering them to the Dachser-branches. At these branches, the eCanters will recharge overnight using a high-voltage loading station. . . .

FUSO eCanter. Depending on body and field of application the eCanter has a load-bearing capacity of up to 4.5 tons. The vehicle’s electric power train contains six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with each 420 V and 13.8 kWh. An electric drivetrain with a strong permanent-magnet-motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle; continuous torque is 285 N·m. The maximum speed of the eCanter is limited to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph). The batteries with a total weight of approximately 600 kilograms allow a range of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles).
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:45 pm

Via GCC:
Startup Thor Trucks announces its ET-One electric Class 8 tractor prototype
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171218-thor.html

Los Angeles-based startup Thor Trucks announced its electric Class 8 tractor “semi-prototype” ET-One, with 80,000 pound carrying capacity. ET-One is targeted at short-haul markets where daily miles traveled rarely exceed 250.

Thor plans to offer modular battery packs, with up to 1 MWh in battery storage to support ranges of up to 300 miles of range . . . Thor Trucks says it will price the ET-One from $150,000 to $250,000, depending upon the vehicle configuration.

Thor currently uses a cylindrical lithium-ion cell format . . . The company says it is looking forward to new battery technologies that have potential to allow for rapid charging or longer ranges and is ready to adapt to new technologies as they are commercially viable.

The cab looks more conventional than Tesla's, i.e. full-width. IEVS article here: https://insideevs.com/startup-thor-claims-will-drop-hammer-tesla-semi-electric-truck/
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:11 pm

Via IEVS:
Renault Teams With Delanchy For Refrigerated Electric Truck
https://insideevs.com/renault-delanchy-refrigerated-electric-truck/

Renault Trucks has delivered a very special truck for the Delanchy Transport Group in Lyon, France. It’s not only all-electric, but is equipped with a refrigerated box powered by traction battery.
The experimental 13-ton, 100% electric Renault Trucks D will deliver fresh produce to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse (France’s largest covered food market) silently and without tailpipe emissions. This is the first electric venture for Delanchy and will join its current fleet of 700 trucks.
. . .

“Today, in relation to electromobility, they have jointly developed this 100% electric experimental vehicle. It is equipped with a Chereau temperature-controlled box and a Carrier refrigeration unit, fully powered by the vehicle’s traction batteries: a first on this type of truck. . . .

On a daily basis, the 100% electric Renault Trucks D will leave Groupe Delanchy’s distribution hub in Corbas, in the suburbs of Lyon, to deliver seafood and fresh produce from Lorient to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

This zero-emission truck is the ideal solution for maintaining air quality and reducing congestion in the city centre, because it allows noise-free deliveries to be made during anti-social hours, maintaining peace and quiet for residents. Because it produces no polluting emissions, this vehicle also helps maintain the area in which the operatives are working, the unloading dock at the Halles de Lyon, which is a confined space in the basement.”. . .
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:09 pm

Via GCC:
VARD to build electric ferry for Boreal
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/20180106-bard.html

The new car- and passenger ferry is specially designed for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords. The ferry, designed by Multi Maritime, will measure 74 meters in length with a beam of 14.20 meters, and will have a total capacity of up to 60 cars and 199 passengers and crew.

The hull of the vessel will be built by Vard Braila in Romania. Delivery of the ferry is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in 3Q 2019. The ferry will commence operations in Norway from January 2020, crossing Kvanndal-Utne at the west-coast of Norway, where Boreal has been awarded a nine-year contract with the Norwegian government. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck/Commercial Vehicle and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:30 pm

Via GCC:
Kenworth T680 fuel cell tractor on display at CES
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/ken.html

A zero-emission Kenworth Class 8 T680 day cab tractor equipped with a Ballard hydrogen fuel cell (earlier post) is on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). . . .

The vehicle is part of the Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT) (earlier post) demonstration project managed through Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The Kenworth T680 day cab’s fuel cell produces electricity to power the dual-rotor electric motor to move the truck, or it can recharge the lithium-ion batteries for use later. . . .

    Kenworth’s hydrogen fuel-cell T680 is a reality. The T680 has been running trials in the Seattle area and performing very well. The next step is real-world testing with Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California.

    —Stephan Olsen, Kenworth director of product planning

According to Olsen, the hydrogen fuel-cell based Kenworth T680 will have an initial range of 150 miles (241 km), which makes it suited for short haul and port operations. With a dual-rotor traction motor output of 565 horsepower, the truck is capable of carrying the legal gross combination weight of a Class 8 vehicle.

    Our testing shows that this truck performs equally as well, if not better than, current diesel trucks on the market. There is a lot of promise, and we see the day where Kenworth’s zero and near-zero emission trucks could be a common sight in regional operations.Kenworth is heavily focused on the evaluation and development of both zero and near-zero emission solutions for the trucking industry.

    —Stephan Olsen

The market is being driven by states such as California where clean air is the mandate. To develop the hydrogen-based T680, Kenworth is supported by $2.8 million in funding under a larger grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) being the prime applicant. . . .
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