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

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:57 pm
by GRA
Via GCC:
Ballard fuel cell modules to power yard trucks at Port of LA in CARB-funded project ... llard.html
allard Power Systems will provide fuel cell modules to power two port terminal yard trucks as part of a project being managed by GTI and partially funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). (Earlier post.)

CARB has preliminarily awarded $5.7 million dollars to GTI for the Zero Emissions for California Ports (ZECAP) Project. The ZECAP Project will validate the commercial viability of zero-emission fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks operating in a demanding, real-world cargo-handling application. . . .

The project will develop, validate, and deploy two Capacity TJ9000 fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The conventional diesel-powered TJ 9000 is a single-axle yard jockey truck with a GCWR of up to 242,000 lbs. It can be used for intermodal, warehouse and distribution, or for port trucking.

The hydrogen fuel cell yard trucks will be operated by TraPac, the container terminal and stevedore operator at the port.

Ballard will provide 85 kilowatt (kW) FCveloCity-HD fuel cell modules for primary propulsion of each yard truck and BAE Systems will provide the electric drive system and will have responsibility for systems integration using its HDS200 HybriDrive series propulsion system.

The yard trucks will move cargo containers within the terminal yard. Ballard plans to deliver power modules in 2019 and a 12-month operating period is planned for the project, beginning in March 2020. . . .

The San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, encompassing the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, mandates that all cargo handling equipment be zero-emission by 2030.

Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a path to support achievement of these targets, while also enabling zero-emission equipment to be fueled in the same manner and same amount of time as natural gas and diesel fueled vehicles, minimizing real estate requirements, and maintaining operational practices.

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

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:22 pm
by GRA
Via GCC:
Mercedes-Benz delivers electric eActros heavy-duty truck to Meyer-Logistik ... ctros.html
. . . For one year, the company based in Friedrichsdorf in Hessen will now be test-driving a 25-tonne truck with a refrigeration unit for transporting temperature-sensitive foodstuffs from the warehouse to different supermarkets in the center of Hamburg.

The weight of the transported goods can be up to 10 tonnes. The whole day’s tour is approximately 100 kilometres long and is dealt with by one driver in one shift at first. There is no need to recharge during the trip because the range of the eActros is up to 200 km.

Meyer-Logistik is one of twenty customers from different industries that have integrated the heavy-duty electric truck into their fleet. Each of these selected customers will put a near-series version of either the 18 or 25-tonne variant through its paces in real operations and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability for their daily field of work.

The aim is to make locally emission-free and quiet driving a reality in cities by 2021, also with series heavy-duty trucks—and all of this as economically viable as with a diesel truck. The test series consists of two phases, each with ten customers and spanning a total of around two years. . . .

The refrigerated replacement box on the eActros used by Meyer-Logistik is the W.KO COOL model supplied by Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy-efficient transport of refrigerated goods. This robust body is suited for intensive day-to-day use. The purely electrically operated cooling unit functions completely emission-free and is specially designed for use in distribution traffic. . . .

The drive system comprises two electric motors located close to the rear-axle wheel hubs. They have an output of 126 kW each, together with a maximum torque of 485 N·m each. The gearing ratios turn this into 11,000 N·m each, resulting in a performance that is comparable with that of a diesel truck.

The maximum permissible axle load stands at the usual 11.5 tonnes. The energy comes from lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh. Depending on the available charging capacity, they can be fully charged within two to eleven hours (at 150 and 20 kW). . . .

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

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:36 pm
by GRA
All via GCC:
DOE: 34 H2 fuel cell buses running in US, 37 more coming soon ... efceb.html
According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), 34 hydrogen fuel cell buses are already running in various states including California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio. An additional 37 fuel cell buses are planned to be on the roads soon.

Graphic shows US states with current and planned fuel cell buses. Illinois: 2 buses planned; Michigan: 2 buses current; Massachusetts: 1 bus current; Ohio: 6 buses current, 6 buses planned; California: 25 buses current, 29 buses planned.
Ballard fuel cell modules to power 4 California UPS trucks in CARB-funded project ... llard.html
. . . CARB has announced a preliminary funding award of $5.8 million through its ZANZEFF (Zero and Near Zero Emissions Freight Facilities) grant program, which is focused on accelerating the adoption of clean freight technologies and reducing air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state of California.

The Next Generation Fuel Cell Delivery Van Deployment Project will develop, validate, and deploy four Class-6 fuel cell electric hybrid delivery trucks with a view toward commercialization of the technology. . . .

The completed trucks will be operated in parcel delivery service by UPS out of its Customer Center in Ontario, California.

Current battery-powered Class-6 UPS delivery trucks have a range limit that makes them suitable for only a percentage of routes, and often not for the majority of routes in any delivery area. This percentage can be further reduced if the delivery locations face unexpected heavier loads, hilly terrain or colder temperatures. As a result, for several months Ballard has been involved in the development of a UPS truck using a 30kW FCveloCity-MD fuel cell module as a range extender, thereby addressing these limitations by boosting drive range and providing certainty of completing daily delivery missions while maintaining zero-emission performance.

The project with CTE [Center for Transportation and the Environment] will test performance of UPS delivery trucks using larger fuel cell modules to provide primary vehicle propulsion. Ballard expects to ship these modules in 2019, with operation of the UPS vans planned to begin in 2020.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:22 pm
by GRA
Via ABG:
Nikola Tre is a hydrogen semi for Europe
Nikola has announced a third fuel-cell semi ... ck-europe/
. . . Nikola has announced a third fuel-cell semi designed with Europe in mind. Called the Nikola Tre (meaning "Three" in Norwegian), it's Nikola's answer to Europe's call for sustainable trucking.

The Tre is similar in power — if not in exterior design — to its American siblings. It'll offer from 500 up to 1,000 horsepower, with up to 2,000 pound-feet of torque. It'll be available in 6x4 or 6x2 configurations. Driving range between fill-ups will be between about 310 to 745 miles, depending on how it's configured.

Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton said of the Nikola Tre:

  • "This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe. It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800V DC batteries and a redundant 120-kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true Level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023."
Nikola plans to offer a "Complete Leasing and Purchasing" program, which will cover the costs of ownership under a set monthly price, including hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance. Customers can trade in for a new vehicle every seven years. Whie the price hasn't been set, Nikola is currently taking reservations at its website. It says it will also offer the Tre tuck in Asia and Australia.

Nikola says it will begin testing the Tre in Norway around 2020. The company plans to have European hydrogen stations go into service in 2022, with a network covering most of that market by 2030.

The Tre will be officially unveiled to the public at Nikola World in Pheonix, Ariz. on April 16, 2019.

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

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:09 pm
by GRA
Via GCC:
First fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada with SCHOTTEL propulsion ... ottel.html
. . . The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW.

The main propulsion is provided by batteries with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650 kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St. Laurence River of the Canadian province of Ontario, the thrusters will fulfil the requirements of Ice Class 1A.

The two new double-ended ferries will be operated by MTO, the ferry service of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Damen’s full electrification concept for the ferries serving Kingston and Wolfe Island, as well as Millhaven and Amherst Island, will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.

The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020. With a length of 68 m and width of 25 m, it will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will have a length of 98 m and a width of 25 m for transporting up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds up to 12 knots that equals the speed of conventional propulsion.

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

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:00 pm
by GRA
Nikola Motors Achieves $200 Million Fundraising Goal ... sing-goal/
Nikola Motor Company has oversubscribed its C round of financing, raising $210 million in total – more than $100 million this summer and an additional $105 million in November.

The company said that so far it received $12 billion in pre-orders, with $380 million in just-announced Nikola Tre European orders. We are not sure how much are binding-orders but we assume not too many, as the production version of the hydrogen truck hasn’t yet been unveiled or demonstrated in action. . . .

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

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:38 pm
by GRA
Via GCC:
FedEx acquiring 1,000 Chanje electric delivery vehicles ... fedex.html
. . . FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc.

The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United States.

The Chanje electric medium duty panel van van is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 675 cubic feet of cargo, all with zero vehicle exhaust emissions and up to 150-mile range on a single charge. The V8100’s 13.2 kW onboard charger supports Level 2 and DC fast charging.

The Chanje EVs are configured to match the current shelving, specifications, and workflow that FedEx Express delivery drivers use today, without the emissions, noise, or maintenance associated with gas or diesel vehicles.

The vehicles are manufactured by FDG in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy Inc., the company’s subsidiary for global business. Ryder System, Inc. will provide support services for all of the vehicles. . . .
Are we to believe that there were no U.S.-built vehicles that were suitable?

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

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:21 pm
by GRA
AVEVAI introduces IONA e-LCVs with more than 300 km range; supercapacitor-battery hybrid technology ... -iona.html
AVEVAI, a new B2B e-mobility and logistics solutions and technology provider based in Singapore, launched its range of IONA electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) at the 5th Guangzhou International Electric Vehicles Show in China (16-25 November 2018).

The electric vehicles—in van and truck configurations—are designed specifically for use by delivery and service businesses and use supercapacitor battery hybrid technology to achieve an all-electric range of 330 km (205 miles) for the IONA Van and 300 km (186 miles) for the IONA Truck—up to 40% more than comparable e-LCVs. . . .

This system also extends the optimal productive life of the batteries, compared with existing products on the market. In addition to lowering the total cost of ownership, a factory warranty of five years or 200,000 km (whichever comes first) ensures that no further battery-related expenses are incurred by the vehicle owner or operator. . . .

The system can also harness and utilize up to 85% of energy captured through regenerative braking, which contributes to a substantial extension in range of up to 40% in real-life road tests.

Vehicle down-time is also reduced with fewer charging intervals and optimal charging versatility. A 22kW AC charging station will fully charge the IONA Truck in two hours, while the IONA Van takes less than four hours to be fully charged via a fast-charging terminal. Standard 220v charging is also available. The enhanced durability and performance of the batteries is assured in extreme weather conditions, enabling battery operation in temperatures as low as -40 deg. C and as high as +70 deg. C.

Designed by AVEVAI in Singapore, the IONA is built on a chassis developed in an R&D facility in Stuttgart, Germany, in cooperation with Daimler and Foton. The development process incorporates all performance and safety related elements, from brakes, bearings, drive and control systems, as well as insulation and NVH, to achieve the highest international standards for quality and meet stringent European safety regulations. . . .

The first two IONA models can be configured to exact customer requirements, with short and long wheel-base versions capable of carrying a payload of up to 2,500 kg and as much as 18 m3 of cargo.

IONA models will be distributed directly by AVEVAI, with first deliveries from February 2019 and deliveries to other markets, including Europe and the US, from May 2019.

A manufacturing partnership has been agreed with China Foton Motor Co., Ltd. to build the vehicles at the FOTON facilities in Shangdong, China, ensuring the highest levels of build quality. With the factory and test drive facilities already established, orders are being taken immediately with minimal build time.

The AVEVAI company name is formed from the words ‘Autonomous Vehicle; Electric Vehicle; Artificial Intelligence’, hinting at future developments planned in other key mobility-focussed technologies. . . .

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

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:19 pm
by GRA
DOE: more than 20,000 hydrogen fuel cell forklifts are in use across the US ... -fotm.html

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

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:51 pm
by GRA
Scania, partners developing fuel cell electric refuse truck ... cania.html
Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, is developing a fuel cell refuse truck together with Renova, a waste handling company in western Sweden, fuel cell manufacturer Powercell Sweden AB, and JOAB, a manufacturer of truck bodies. The truck will feature a fully electrified powertrain as well as an electrified compactor.

Refuse trucks often operate in residential areas in the early hours of the morning. With reduced emissions and noise, electric vehicles are especially attractive in these areas. Renova and other waste handling companies have previously carried out trials with electric refuse trucks but this will be the first with fuel cells.
  • Electrification using fuel cells fuelled by hydrogen is a highly appealing alternative for heavy commercial vehicles such as refuse trucks. The trucks benefit from all the advantages of electrification while maintaining some of the best aspects of fossil-fuel operations, namely range, hours in service and payload.

    —Hans Zackrisson, Head of Development at Renova. . . .
To help fund the project to build an electrified truck the four companies jointly applied for and been granted a governmental subsidy from the Swedish Energy Agency within the framework, Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation, FFI. FFI is a partnership between the Swedish Government and the automotive industry for the joint funding of research, innovation and development. FFI focuses on the areas of Climate, Environment and Safety.

The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, will also participate in the project which comprises development, construction and operation of the truck. The fuel cell refuse truck is expected to be delivered in the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. . . .