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Just two months after unveiling a prototype, today Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off a pre-production version of its battery electric Urban eTruck. The truck, on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is Mercedes’ vision of the future for short-range commercial deliveries. Based on a heavy-duty distribution truck chassis, the eTruck is […]

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China’s BYD Company Ltd. is already the largest manufacturer of battery-electric automobiles and buses, and now it can add sanitation trucks to the list. This should give Warren Buffet some measure of satisfaction as his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm plunked down $230 million for a 10 percent stake in BYD in 2008. The fleet of […]

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BYD, the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer and the leading electric carmaker in China, will build 27 battery-electric trucks under a $9 million California grant. The electric trucks will replace diesel service trucks and yard tractors in the communities of Commerce, Fontana and San Bernadino. The funds are for 23 class-8 yard trucks and four class-5 […]

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Electrified big-rig semi-trucks are getting news space, and start-up Nicola Motor wants to be included. The Utah-based company announced it will unveil a working prototype of its Nikola One in Salt Lake City on December 2nd. Nikola One is a Class 8 semi-tractor truck that is powered by a natural gas turbine and electric motor […]

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Last week Tesla Motors announced a plan that included battery-powered commercial trucks with no production timetable. This week Mercedes-Benz unveiled its electric Urban eTruck with sales planned in about five years, Automotive News is reporting. As the name suggests, the Urban eTruck is aimed at intercity deliveries such as grocery stores and other urban businesses. […]

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A new Navigant Research report says the global market of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric trucks and buses could grow from 16,000 units annually in 2014 to nearly 160,000 by 2023. Admittedly, sales today are relatively low for medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDV) but the market is expanding from infancy to something more […]

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Of the perhaps 10 companies working on wireless magnetic inductive electric vehicle charging, Momentum Dynamics says its technology has a few advantages and chief among these is simply that “it works.” The implication that it’s heads above all others is a bold one, but its CEO Andy Daga said it wasn’t the first to suggest […]

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Last week in Indianapolis we had opportunity to drive a Ford E-350 van converted to a plug-in series hybrid by ALTe while learning also of the company’s plans for the alternative energy fleet market. Before retrofitting a 2.0-liter Ford Focus four-cylinder engine/generator, two Remy motors, and 21.6-kwh A123 Systems battery pack, the Ford got around […]

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In the U.S. we more often hear of Nissan’s all-electric Leaf but this week Renault-Nissan announced the registration of the 10,000th Renault Kangoo Z.E. The small electric van’s milestone sale was commemorated by having its keys handed over to Deutsche Bahn’s Gerhard Dech at the Frankfurt auto show Sept. 10. Targeted at European fleet customers […]

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Kansas City’s Smith Electric Vehicles announced that it has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture (JV) with Taikang Technology Corporation in Taiwan. Smith Electric Vehicles describes itself as the leading global producer of all-electric medium-duty commercial vehicles. Taikang Technology Corporation is a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in Taiwan that has twenty-five […]

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