Topic: Research

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SEI team finds heavy-duty battery-electric trucks more economically feasible than thought

April 8, 2021If fast charging is available, the competitiveness of battery electric trucks compared with diesel trucks can actually improve with larger trucks, according to a new study by Björn Nykvist and Olle Olsson from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

via Green Car Congress

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Why Remote Control Isn’t Required for Self-Driving Vehicles

April 8, 2021As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

via Transport Topics

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Preparing for Run on Less – Electric

April 7, 2021Gathering data from electric trucks in real-world operations will help the entire industry gain a better understanding of the benefits and challenges of these vehicles.

via Fleet Owner

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Minnesota Gov’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles releases 2020 annual report

April 7, 2021The Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles said in its annual report Monday that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state was able to move forward toward readiness for Connected and Automated Vehicles.

via Transportation Today News

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ZeroAvia secures additional $24.3M to launch development of 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for regional aircraft

April 2, 2021ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor: British Airways.

via Green Car Congress

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NACFE chooses 13 fleets and BEVs for Run on Less Electric

April 1, 2021The third Run on Less event will feature battery-electric trucks and vans Classes 3-8 in a wide variety of applications that will provide greater insights into the nascent industry.

via Fleet Owner

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Autonomous vehicles poised to solve long-term industry ills

April 1, 2021Autonomous vehicles have been a hot topic in the transportation industry for years. As technology continues to evolve and regulation talks take off among lawmakers, special purpose acquisition companies seem to be shifting their financial focus away from electric vehicles and toward self-driving truck startups.

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Linamar, Partners Developing FCEV Delivery Vans for CARB Deployment Project

March 31, 2021Linamar Corp., an advanced manufacturing company, has entered the evaluation phase for the first fuel cell electric vehicle delivery vans in their technology contract with the Center for Transportation and the Environment, a non-profit, Atlanta-based organization that develops, promotes and implements advanced transportation technologies.

via NGT News

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Volvo partners with Aurora for hub-to-hub autonomous trucking

March 30, 2021Volvo Group (OTC: VLVLY) will partner with Aurora Innovation OpCo Inc. for hub-to-hub autonomous trucks in North America, aligning with the same startup working with rival PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR).

via Freightwaves

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Polaris and Optimus Ride to Develop Fully Autonomous GEM Electric Vehicles

March 30, 2021Polaris will bring fully autonomous GEM vehicles to market in a partnership with Optimus Ride, an autonomous mobility service provider. Under a joint development agreement, an exclusive line of Polaris GEM electric low-speed vehicles (LSVs) will be manufactured to fully integrate Optimus Ride’s autonomous software and hardware suite direct from the factory.

via Fleet Forward

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Geotab Extend: Focus on EVs

March 26, 2021Fleet electrification has been a focus at Geotab Extend, a virtual learning and networking event for fleet professionals and industry partners, with executives discussing resale value, battery health, total cost of ownership, and cost of tracking.

via TruckingInfo

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California Energy Commission awards Sierra Northern Railway team nearly $4M to demonstrate hydrogen switching locomotive; H2RAM

March 25, 2021The California Energy Commission has awarded GTI and Sierra Northern Railway nearly $4,000,000 to fund the design, integration, and demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell switching locomotive to support the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports (H2RAM) initiative.

via Green Car Congress

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Embark Tackles Autonomous-Truck Work Zone Safety

March 25, 2021Embark said it is the first automated truck technology company to introduce a work-zone navigation system. Embark said it prioritizes a sensors-first approach, allowing trucks to drive in a manner similar to a human driver.

via TruckingInfo

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Yanmar conducts field demonstration test for maritime hydrogen fuel cell system

March 25, 2021Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. have conducted a field demonstration test for a maritime fuel cell system in Oita, Japan.

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Electric truck road tests uncover OEM challenges

March 23, 2021Fleets and OEMs testing commercial electric truck viability in the U.S. are learning some hard lessons along the way and have found it will be an ongoing challenge to roll out a nationwide charging network.

via Fleet Owner

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Help wanted: Transport startups hire for the ‘sweet spot’ between tech and policy

March 23, 2021TuSimple, Locomation and Waymo are preparing for driverless operations to hit the road. And they’re recruiting Washington insiders to make it happen.

via Transport Dive