French specialist vehicle manufacturer Gaussin is partnering with FC specialist Plug Power to launch fuel cell powered transport vehicles, and has also announced the commercial launch of a range of vehicles for use at airports.
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Following General Motors, Bosch is now also distancing itself from Nikola, a US startup specializing in fuel cell and battery trucks. The German automotive supplier has reduced its stake in Nikola, according to a media report.
Startup Volta Trucks has announced plans to develop an all-electric refrigerated truck based on the Volta Zero, in partnership with Petit Forestier Group, which specializes in refrigerated truck rentals.
Linde and Daimler Truck have signed an agreement to jointly develop the next generation of liquid hydrogen refuelling technology for fuel cell trucks.
A new consortium called H2Accelerate (H2A) aims to help hydrogen trucks achieve a breakthrough throughout Europe. The initiative is backed by Daimler Truck, Iveco, OMV, Shell and the Volvo Group. According to the partners, widespread introduction will take about a decade.
From the beginning of 2021, the German commercial vehicle manufacturer Faun will take over the distribution of electric trucks of the Futuricum brand from the Swiss company Designwerk within the EU. Faun and Designwerk have now signed a cooperation agreement to this effect.
Volvo Trucks and Designwerk are now extending their cooperation on truck electrification to the German market. The scope of the agreement includes chassis supply, sales cooperation and access to the existing aftersales infrastructure.
South Korea's first hydrogen-powered garbage truck started operation in Changwon a few days ago. The 5-ton truck with fuel cell will initially be tested for one year as part of a project of the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy with Hyundai Motor and the Korea Automotive Technology Institute.
The Finnish capital Helsinki plans to convert existing heavy-duty vehicles to electric drives as part of the Stara eRetrofit project. The conversion of the first truck, an old Scania P320, has already begun. Test drives are planned in the coming months.
Amazon plans to procure up to 2,500 all-electric Lion 6 and Lion 8 trucks from Canadian manufacturer Lion Electric by 2025, news of a framework agreement with Amazon signed back in July 2020 hidden in a lengthy stock market announcement.
Under the name Q-Consulting, Quantron, in cooperation with MRK Management Consultants, is now offering fleet operators advice on how to start a zero-emission fleet. The duo's aim is to present customers with individual overall concepts for the integration of alternative drive systems.
Designwerk has delivered three electric concrete truck mixers to Holcim Switzerland under the Futuricum commercial vehicle brand. In the Futuricum Concrete 40E, both the drive motor and the mixing drums are fully electrically operated.
DAF Trucks has now unveiled the production version of its second all-electric truck model called the LF Electric, following the revamped CF Electric a few months ago, with production set to start at Leyland Trucks in the UK in May 2021.
US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar, which is being acquired by Traton, is partnering with General Motors and OneH2 to create a complete hydrogen truck solution. GM is contributing its Hydrotec fuel cell technology, while One H2 will be responsible for hydrogen production and fuelling.
The Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) is funding three research projects with a total of 24.4 million euros, which will develop both battery-electric commercial vehicles and fuel cell drives.
After establishing its own e-mobility division three years ago, Schaeffler will begin series production of e-motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions, and purely electric axle drives in 2021, with the supplier eyeing the truck sector in addition to the passenger car sector.
MAN has presented the results of test drives of its eTGM distribution truck in Munich. According to the manufacturer, the test drives as part of the ZEUS ("Zero Emission off-peak Urban Deliveries") project were able to demonstrate that electric trucks can be used well in inner cities at sensitive times.
Quantron has entered into a sales partnership with Fraikin Deutschland GmbH, a member of the French Fraikin Group, to further advance e-mobility in the commercial vehicle sector in the area of long-term rental.
In the aftermath of the 2020 financial results, Elon Musk has somewhat fleshed out the timelines for future models, saying the Semi e-truck and Cybertruck e-pickup could start up now - but the bottleneck is battery cells.
The Daimler Group has announced plans to split up, with Daimler Truck AG to be floated on the stock market as an independent company and the passenger car division, soon to be renamed Mercedes-Benz, to focus on electric drives and vehicle software.
US vehicle supplier Meritor plans to begin production of its new 14Xe e-drive for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in mid-2021 and has already reported three customers - specifically, Volta Trucks of Sweden, Lion Electric of Canada and Autocar Trucks of the US.
Knorr-Bremse is pooling its expertise in the field of electromobility in a new, in-house development unit called eCUBATOR. Up to 60 internal and external experts are to work on innovative solutions for the future at the Munich and Budapest sites.
Nikola Motor presents its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020 and takes stock of the whole of 2020. On the bottom line, the US startup posted a loss of $383 million last year. Nikola also plans to send only 100 vehicles into customer testing this year instead of 600.
According to a media report, after Bosch, the South Korean Hanwha Group also wants to reduce its stake in the US startup Nikola, which specializes in fuel cell and battery trucks, but the development cooperation is to be continued.
Engineering specialist IAV and automotive supplier Webasto have agreed a technology cooperation for electric commercial vehicles. By pooling their expertise, the two partners aim to drive forward the electrification of buses, trucks and work machines.
Renault Trucks plans to offer an all-electric range for each market segment (distribution, construction and long-haul) from 2023 onwards. To this end, the company has now created various departments specialising in electric mobility. Renault has also revealed initial technical specifications for the Kangoo Rapid panel van.
Toyota is founding another joint venture for commercial vehicles with fuel cells in China. The new joint venture, in which Toyota and fuel cell specialist SinoHytec each hold a 50 percent stake, is to focus on the production and sale of FC systems.
Great Wall Motor, unveiling its H2 strategy, has announced plans to launch its first hydrogen-powered SUV model before the end of 2021, as well as 100 FC heavy-duty trucks on the roads. GWM also plans to contribute a hydrogen-powered passenger car fleet to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Ekoenergetyka is working on a new series of charging stations for e-commercial vehicles, offering outputs of between 750 kW and 1.5 MW. 22 of these new "Ultrachargers" from the Polish charging infrastructure specialist are to be introduced initially at test locations in Germany and Poland by the end of 2023.
Bosch has founded the joint venture Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems with commercial vehicle manufacturer Qingling Motors in Chongqing, China. The new company will develop, assemble, and market fuel cell systems for the Chinese market.
11,000 charging points for electric trucks in the EU by 2025 and 42,000 such charging points by 2030 - this is what the European manufacturers' association ACEA is now demanding in a letter to the EU Commission, which it has written together with Transport & Environment (T&E).
Robotics specialist Rocsys is partnering with Grivix and VDL Enabling Transport Solutions to develop a robotic charging solution for high-performance charging of heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles, and the consortium plans to begin validation testing later this year.
Hyzon Motors, in partnership with Saudi industrial conglomerate Modern Group, plans to build an assembly plant in Saudi Arabia in the proposed planned city of Neom in the northwest of the country, with an annual capacity to assemble up to 10,000 FC commercial vehicles.
Daimler Trucks recently began intensive testing of the enhanced prototype of its GenH2 fuel cell truck, which was unveiled in September 2020. The prototype is still on a test track, but soon it will be on public roads.
CATL will supply batteries for the production version of the announced Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul starting in 2024. Daimler's commercial vehicle division has also entered into its own collaborations for battery and fuel cell truck infrastructure ahead of the planned split of the group.
Hyzon Motors is unveiling an electric axle to be used in the US developer's future medium- and heavy-duty H2 trucks. Hyzon's eAxle uses one motor per wheel and is said to be up to 97 per cent efficient.
The US manufacturer of fuel cell commercial vehicles Hyzon Motors reports another order, this time from Austria. The grocery chain Mpreis has ordered up to 70 heavy duty trucks with fuel cell propulsion via its offshoot JuVe Automotion.
Spanish manufacturer Irizar, known for its electric buses, has received the first order for ten of its electric truck called Irizar ie truck, presented in 2019. The ten Irizar ie trucks, in two-axle and three-axle versions, will be built for FCC Medio Ambiente and will be used for the collection of residual materials.
Several years of testing of the eActros prototypes are drawing to a close. On 30 June Mercedes-Benz Trucks will unveil its battery-electric truck for heavy-duty distribution transport. Series production is scheduled to start in the second half of the year at the plant in Wörth am Rhein.
Volvo Trucks is now revealing the technical details of its three new all-electric truck models FH, FM and FMX, which are already available for purchase. Production of the new e-trucks will start in the second half of 2022, initially with tractor units, followed by chassis in early 2023.
The three commercial vehicle manufacturers Daimler Truck, Traton and Volvo Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to build and operate a public high-performance charging network for battery-electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe.
A consortium called HyTrucks, formed by Air Liquide, DATS 24 and the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Duisburg, plans to deploy 1,000 H2 trucks and 25 H2 refueling stations by 2025, contributing to zero-emission trucking between the Netherlands, Belgium and western Germany.
After Paris, Lyon and Barcelona, Florence will now also be using an electric Renault truck to dispose of household waste. The Italian company Gorent has recently been using a 26-tonne Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. for waste disposal in the Tuscan capital.
Daimler Truck has made an important location decision for its e-trucks. In the future, further battery-electric and fuel cell trucks are to be built in series at the Wörth plant. Accordingly, Daimler Truck will continue to invest "substantially" in the location in the coming years.
Nikola, the US developer of battery and fuel cell trucks, has significantly expanded its sales and service operations in the US, adding 51 new locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland through cooperation with five new independent dealers.
Elon Musk has now confirmed on Twitter that Tesla will open up its Supercharger network to electric cars from other brands later this year. Meanwhile, there's an update on Tesla's plan to start production of the Semi e-truck later this year.
Renault Trucks is launching another electric truck variant: the manufacturer is starting to market the D Wide Z.E. Low Entry Cab, developed for waste transport. The electric refuse truck is equipped with a special lowered cab and can be ordered throughout Europe with immediate effect.
Hyundai is also bringing its XCIENT fuel cell truck to the U.S., specifically California, with two government-funded projects that will initially see two units of the XCIENT deployed starting in August of this year and an additional 30 units starting in the second quarter of 2023 - with technical modifications.
Daimler is providing an update on the Mercedes-Benz eEconic: the e-truck for waste management is currently undergoing intensive testing, will enter practical trials with customers after completion of the tests, and will finally be built as a series vehicle at the Wörth plant from the second half of 2022.
By law, the market for GHG quota trading will also be opened to operators of electric fleets from 2022 onwards. This means that three- to four-digit euro revenues per year and e-vehicle await. The company GreenTrax is active in quota trading and explains everything worth knowing for fleet operators in the following guest article.
Continental Engineering Services (CES) and Siemens Mobility will cooperate in the future on the development and production of pantographs for trucks. The duo has its sights set on the electrification of road freight transport by means of so-called eHighways, as they are currently being tested in three regions in Germany.
BPW Bergische Achsen and Paul Nutzfahrzeuge are developing a battery-electric truck in the 7.49-tonne class, which is scheduled for market launch in early 2022. At the heart of the e-truck is BPW's rear axle.
US automotive supplier Dana is partnering with Switch Mobility (formerly Optare), the UK subsidiary of Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leylan. Specifically, Dana will become a preferred supplier of e-drive parts for Switch Mobility's bus and commercial vehicle range.
Nikola Motor has cut its delivery target for this year to 25 to 50 vehicles from an estimated 50 to 100, with CEO Mark Russell saying on a conference call with analysts that the company was facing "numerous" delays related to sourcing parts.
Cornwall, UK-based Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled plans to build up to 5,000 electric-powered commercial vehicles per year from 2023, using its PACES modular EV platform, which the company sees as the basis for future electric vans, trucks and buses.
Hyzon Motors has begun delivering its first fuel cell trucks to European customers. The company is also preparing to launch its first customer trials in the U.S. Hyzon Motors plans to deliver a total of 85 fuel cell trucks by the end of this year.
Volvo Trucks North America has delivered the first of five all-electric VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks to New York City-based beer and beverage distributor Manhattan Beer Distributors, which will use the e-trucks to serve customers throughout New York City, Long Island and surrounding areas.
Quantron AG now offers a five-year full warranty on selected models of its Mercedes-Benz Econic, MAN TGS and DAF CF electric waste disposal vehicles as well as on selected rear loader bodies.
Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America and NFI Industries are planning the nation's largest charging infrastructure project in the U.S. to support heavy-duty electric trucks, with plans to build 34 HPC chargers for e-trucks by the end of 2023.
The Swedish e-truck startup Volta Trucks will have its first trucks produced by Steyr Automotive, formerly MAN Truck and Bus Austria, in Austria from the end of 2022. The two companies have now signed a production contract to this effect.
US manufacturer Hyzon Motors has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with logistics and leasing group Shanghai Hydrogen HongYun Automotive for the purchase of 500 fuel cell trucks, with an initial order of 100 expected to be placed this year.
The production of e-trucks by US manufacturer Nikola at the Iveco plant in Ulm, announced at the beginning of 2020, is becoming concrete. The production facility has now been officially unveiled. Production of the Nikola Tre in Ulm is scheduled to begin this year - the pilot customer in Europe is to be the Port of Hamburg next year with up to 25 trucks.
Renault Trucks is expanding its range of all-electric truck models with a 19-tonne variant of the D Wide Z.E., series production of which has now started at the Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.
ABB has partnered with Epiroc and Boliden, a mining equipment manufacturer and mining company based in Sweden, to develop and demonstrate a trolley truck system on a test track at the Kristineberg mine in northern Sweden.
Swedish e-truck startup Volta Trucks is looking to expand its research and development team in the UK to accelerate the development of the Volta Zero, so the company is launching a hiring drive with the aim of employing more than 280 people by the end of 2021.
Volvo Trucks announces its largest electric truck order to date, with Northern European shipping and logistics company DFDS ordering 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks for delivery between late 2022 and 2023. The large order was preceded by a customer trial.
Canadian commercial vehicle builder Vicinity Motor has entered into a strategic supply agreement with battery manufacturer Electrovaya, also based in Canada, to supply the lithium-ion batteries for the "Lightning" electric buses and the VMC 1200 Class 3 truck.
Four Swiss partners have joined forces to convert and operate two Futuricum electric semitrailer tractors as special-purpose vehicles. The two examples boast an additional length of one metre, an increase in payload of two tonnes and an expansion of battery capacity to 900 kWh.