Startups with electric vans race to fill demand for zero-emissions delivery

By Nick Carey and Lisa Baertlein 09/18/23
A clutch of European and U.S. delivery company startups is racing to serve the growing market for offering zero-emission, electric last-mile deliveries in cities to retailers and consumers before giant shippers do the same.1
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US Trucking Lobbyist Ignores Climate Change, Fights Electrification In Congress

By Michael Barnard 09/03/23
Two pieces of news crossed my screen recently, one a great piece of news about the current reality of batteries for transportation, and the other a bravura performance by Andrew Boyle, first vice chair of…
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How Dallas became the proving ground for autonomous trucks

By Joann Muller and Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi 08/07/23
On any given day, Dallas motorists traveling along I-20 or I-45 are likely to be sharing the road with a self-driving truck that has the equivalent of a learner's permit.
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Ford slashes the price of the F-150 Lightning EV pickup

By Matt Burns 07/17/23
The Ford F-150 Lightning is now a bit less expensive. The automaker announced today significant price cuts to its electric pickup, citing improved manufacturing efficiencies as the cause of the lower price.
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U.S. truckmakers reach deal to phase out polluting diesel big rigs

By Timothy Puko 07/06/23
Some of the largest manufacturers of heavy trucks and engines in the country have agreed to accept a California plan to ban sales of new diesel big rigs by 2036 under a deal aimed in…
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The Case for the Hydrogen Truck

By Andrew Moseman 06/23/23
The hydrogen car lost. Not long ago, it seemed like hydrogen fuel cells would power the next generation of climate change-fighting vehicles. Instead, batteries won the future. Americans now buy hundreds of thousands of electric…
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Maryland Urged to Cut Emissions By Swiftly Adopting Rules Electrifying Cars and Trucks

By Aman Azhar 06/22/23
5.1 million Marylanders live in areas that are failing to meet EPA’s ground-level ozone standards and suffering adverse health impacts, including higher levels of asthma. A week after climate change-driven wildfires worsened air pollution and…
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Big Chance to Cut Climate Pollution From Big Trucks

By Ben Jealous 06/22/23
The interstates built in the 1950s and 1960s killed the vitality of the communities where people of color and the poor lived, from Overtown in Miami to the Hill District in Pittsburgh to the South…
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Biden vetoes resolution against EPA truck regulations

By Mike Lee 06/14/23
President Joe Biden on Wednesday followed through on his promise to veto a congressional resolution that would’ve overturned one of his administration’s regulations on truck pollution. The resolution, S.J. Res. 11, from Sen. Deb Fischer…
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This unlikely fuel could power cleaner trucks and ships

By Casey Crownhart 06/08/23
Last Friday, I hoisted myself up a ladder and plopped down into the seat of a bright green John Deere tractor. There wasn’t a cornstalk or a soybean sprout in sight—my view through the windshield…
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Daimler Truck to partner with Toyota on climate and self-driving tech

By The Associated Press 05/30/23
German truck maker Daimler and Japan’s top automaker Toyota said Tuesday they will work together on new technologies, including using hydrogen fuel, to help fight climate change. The companies said Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus…
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Roseville addressing climate change by using wastewater to fuel garbage trucks

By Mike TeSelle 05/17/23
In a move it is calling a "revolutionary waste to fuel" project, the city of Roseville is working to turn organic wastewater into renewable natural gas. The move is aimed at powering its fleet of…
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Maersk doubles down on fleet electrification with Volvo EV order

By Alejandra Salgado   03/31/22  
A.P. Moller - Maersk said it would order an additional 110 electric trucks from Volvo to support increased demand from customers looking to decarbonize their supply chains, according to an announcement on Tuesday.
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When will EV trucks be ready for large-scale adoption? It’s complicated

By Jeff St. John   03/17/22  
Last week was full of important developments in the ongoing effort to electrify the nation’s full range of trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency published its clean trucks proposal — the first major shift in EPA…
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Why EPA’s new heavy truck rule could yet be a gamechanger

By The Climate Reality Project   03/14/22  
EPA’s new proposed rule limiting toxic tailpipe emissions from heavy trucks could not only mean clean air for millions but also jumpstart electrification of the trucking and bus sectors on a massive scale. But only…
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Democrats Want Investigation Into Postal Service’s Gas Guzzlers Contract

By Lisa Friedman   03/14/22  
A group of House Democrats called Monday for an investigation into a decision by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to purchase up to 165,000 gasoline-powered mail trucks over the Biden administration’s objections that the multibillion-dollar contract…
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Biden administration moves to cut smog-forming pollution from trucks

By Dino Grandoni   03/07/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency proposes curbing nitrogen oxide and carbon pollution amid an online shopping boom, but some environmentalists call for stricter limits
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This California startup wants to be the Pony Express of electric trucking

By Jeff St. John   02/10/22  
Here’s the pitch: First, build enormous electric truck-charging hubs in three major freight transport centers in Southern California. Procure electric trucks from major manufacturers such as Volvo and Tesla, and establish partnerships with companies that…
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Where to encounter some of the first self-driving vehicles

By Joann Muller   02/03/22  
More driverless trucks and taxis are going to be on the roads in the near future — if you know where to look. (Primarily San Francisco and Phoenix.) Why it matters: Years of simulations and…
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EPA: New mail-delivery fleet needs more electric vehicles

By Matthew Daly   02/03/22  
A U.S. Postal Service plan to replace its huge fleet of mail-delivery trucks has too few electric vehicles and falls short of President Joe Biden’s goals to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency said…
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EPA presses USPS to halt purchase of up to 165K gas-powered vehicles

By Zack Budryk   02/02/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Wednesday asked the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider plans to purchase a predominantly gas-powered fleet of up to 165,000 trucks.
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These EVs are cheaper to own than their gas-powered counterparts

By Adele Peters   02/01/22  
Ford’s new F-150 Lightning—the electric pickup that can double as backup power for your house in a blackout—is 17% more affordable to own than the gas-powered version of the vehicle. That’s according to a new…
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America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric

By John Seabrook   01/24/22  
When I was twelve, in 1971, the walls of my bedroom in southern New Jersey were covered with full-page photographs of rail dragsters and “funny cars” with swollen engines which I carefully razor-bladed from hot-rod…
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Coal and trucks pushed US ‘further off track’ for climate targets in 2021

By Josh Gabbatiss   01/10/22  
US emissions surged by 6.2% last year, boosted by a renewed reliance on coal power amid soaring natural gas prices, according to the Rhodium Group. After falling sharply in 2020 due to the economic impact…
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How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

By Laura Bliss   01/06/22  
California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are requiring a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025.
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1 big thing: Why electric pickups are so hot

By Ben German and Andrew Freedman   01/05/22  
Ford's stock jumped 12% Tuesday after it revealed plans to boost production of the electric F-150 pickup, and today rival General Motors will unveil the electric version of the Chevy Silverado pickup, Ben writes.
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Europe’s Largest Logistics Company Taps Volvo For 25 More Electric Trucks

By Austin Tannenbaum   12/23/21  
It was announced Wednesday that DFDS, Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, placed an order for an additional 25 heavy electric trucks from Volvo Trucks: AB Volvo’s Sweden-based truck manufacturing arm. This order extends DFDS’s…
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Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

By Lawrence Ulrich   11/25/21  
The redoubtable Rivian R1T, the first crusher in a coming wave of electric pickup trucks, can soar unscathed over gnarly boulders, hitch an 11,000-pound load and scorch 60 m.p.h. in about 3.5 seconds. The truck…
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Be prepared for what nature throws at you with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, enabled by the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, allows you to use your truck as a…
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DOE Announces Nearly $200 Million to Reduce Emissions From Cars and Trucks

Vice President Kamala Harris will join U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York today to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $199 million to fund 25 projects aimed at putting…
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Climate change fuels drive toward cleaner tractors

By Marc Heller   10/20/21  
Making tractors burn with less pollution has long posed a trade-off: cleaner air, but less power to drag heavy equipment. Now manufacturers say they’re making strides to help close the gap. The latest entrant is…
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Using the World’s First Green Steel to Make a Dump Truck

By Lars Paulsson   10/18/21  
The world’s steelmakers need a makeover. Their industry is one of the dirtiest, and it’s blamed for about 7% of global carbon emissions. The biggest producers essentially rely on the same manufacturing processes they used…
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New Jersey’s EV charging proposal for trucks could be a national model, with a few changes

By Pete Silva   10/04/21  
Since I retired from corporate fleet leadership a few years ago, I have been working with NGOs like Environmental Defense Fund, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and CALSTART to advance the electrification of…
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Ford Leads the Race to Put America in Electric Pickups

By Jim Motavalli   10/04/21  
Want an electric pickup? Well, you can’t have one—right now. Despite the American love affair with trucks, automakers have been in the slow lane getting batteries into a pickup—but that’s changing rapidly. There are at…
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How a Startup Beat Ford, GM, and Tesla to Market

By Brayden Gerrard   09/30/21  
For the past 80 years, the automotive industry has been difficult to break into. Incumbents reigned supreme, and startups — much less successful ones — were few and far between. When electric vehicles were still…
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Newsletter: Electric trucking is coming sooner than you think

By Julian Spector   09/27/21  
I’ve lost track of the number of times clean energy has been accused of being incapable of performing a certain task, but then does it anyway. Conventional wisdom holds that battery-powered vehicles could work for…
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Money and range: Experts note roadblocks to EV adoption

By Jim Stinson   09/15/21  
Electric batteries for Class 8 trucks are expensive. Plus, they only allow shorter ranges, at least for now. For major fleets that make short runs, that is just fine.
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Schneider taps California electric transportation incentives to add 50 trucks

By S.L. Fuller   09/06/21  
Schneider plans to add 50 Freightliner eCascadias to its intermodal operations in Southern California, the fleet announced last week. The trucks are part of the carrier's sustainability plan, which puts a focus on utilzing multiple modes of…
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They fought for clean air. They didn’t know they were part of a gas industry campaign

By Miranda Green and Sammy Roth   08/31/21  
Diesel truck pollution from the busiest port complex in the United States has fouled the air in nearby neighborhoods in Southern California for decades. So when port officials asked for feedback on cleaning up that…
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Solar-Powered Refrigerated Trailers Could Eliminate Millions of Tons of CO2 Emissions

By Lloyd Alter   08/02/21  
Reefers, or refrigerated trailers, are cooled by diesel fuel, with electricity from either the tractor's generator or an Auxilary Power Unit (APU) mounted on the trailer. An idling diesel tractor burns a gallon of fuel…
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Tesla further delays Semi production amid component shortages

By S.L. Fuller   07/28/21  
Tesla is pushing back the timeline for production of its battery-electric Semi, according to Tesla's earnings presentation. The vehicle's program is now planned to launch in 2022.
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California truck rules facing a test — in New Jersey

By Ry Rivard   07/18/21  
The first big test of California’s plan to reshape the U.S. truck market is underway on the other side of the country, with New Jersey officials pushing tough new mandates to cut emissions by getting…
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The Many Benefits of an All-Electric Fire Truck

By Tina Casey   07/07/21  
If there are any lingering doubts left regarding the reliability of electric vehicles (EVs), a new electric fire truck from the firm Rosenbauer should lay them to rest once and for all. After all, breakdowns…
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‘Electric is not easy’: LA, NYC look to build capacity for more battery EVs in refuse fleets

By Maria Rachal   07/06/21  
WasteExpo events the past few years, both in person and virtual, have featured introductory sessions on battery electric trucks. This year, there were numerous models on display and one available for test drive outside. Leaders…
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Electrifying Big Rigs?

By Maximilian Auffhammer   06/28/21  
While much of the debate around cleaning up the transportation sector has focused on the types of cars you and I drive, one of the big sources of local and global air pollution is the…
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Trucking Goes Electric: Accelerating Toward A Greener Future

By Emily Folk   06/25/21  
The idea of an electric car isn’t a new one. Some of the first vehicles ever invented were powered by electricity rather than internal combustion engines. While they didn’t take off as quickly, the idea…
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Why electrifying the light truck market could be tough

By Ben Geman   06/22/21  
New research suggests a problem for policymakers hoping to rapidly move U.S. road transport from gasoline to electricity: drivers of huge-selling pickups and SUVs may be a tough sell.
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Albertsons takes delivery of Volvo zero-emission refrigerated trucks

Albertsons Companies, BB #:193326 the second-largest grocery chain in the U.S., recently took delivery of two Volvo VNR Electric trucks at its distribution center in Irvine, California.
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Clean Fleets Make Dollars and Sense, So Why Doesn’t USPS Clean Up?

By Tina Casey   06/01/21  
A new report makes a strong bottom-line case for fleet managers to adopt new clean transportation technologies that are mature, available, and appropriate. Policy makers will have the final say on clean fleets, but the…
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Ford’s Electric F-150 Pickup Aims to Be the Model T of E.V.s

By Neil E. Boudette   05/28/21  
In a splashy presentation Wednesday night in Dearborn, Mich., the automaker unveiled an electric version of its popular F-150 pickup truck called the Lightning. Ford’s F-Series trucks, including the F-150, make up the top-selling vehicle…
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Spotted: Amazon Testing Electric Delivery Van

By Peter Sinclair   05/27/21  
Rivian Amazon Delivery Truck Spotted
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World’s Largest Long-Haul Truckmaker Sees Hydrogen-Fueled Future

By Jack Ewing   05/23/21  
Carmakers have been promising to scrap the internal combustion engine, and now it’s the truckmakers’ turn. But the makers of giant 18-wheelers are taking a different route.
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USPS mail trucks to get more EV funding from Congress

By Sean Szymkowski   05/14/21  
Following snags in the new USPS mail truck contract, which awards Wisconsin-based Oshkosh the production of up to 165,000 new vehicles, the postal service is in for more funding to make good on an EV…
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As EV economics improve, medium- and heavy-duty trucking may be ‘next big frontier’ for clean transportation

By Robert Walton   03/25/21  
Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and in most states has been steadily growing, according to Helfrich. Heavy-duty trucking represents a disproportionate amount of those emissions, she said.
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Canoo Introduces a Cute Little Electric Pickup Truck

By Lloyd Alter   03/17/21  
When the first Canoo electric vehicle was launched, CEO Ulrich Kranz noted that "with electric power trains, there’s actually no need that a car looks like a traditional combustion engine car." Since then, GM and…
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Tesla Says Battery-Cell Squeeze Strains Semi Truck Production

By Jennifer Smith and Paul Page   01/28/21  
Tesla Inc. says its production plan for its new electric Semi heavy-duty truck remains in a low gear because the special battery cells the big rig needs are in short supply. The Silicon Valley car…
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15 states, DC will collaborate on 100% electric truck sales by 2050

By S.L. Fuller   07/18/20  
Governors from 15 states and the mayor of Washington, D.C., signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure 100% of medium- and heavy-duty sales are zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) by 2050, according to a Northeast States…
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Spending $500B On Electric Trucks Could Make Economic Sense, But Only With A Carbon Tax

By Ed Hirs   07/17/20  
Transitioning to a low carbon economy is in progress. It is not political. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, a majority of Americans of both parties are in favor.
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California Regulators Adopt Landmark Zero-emissions Trucks Rule

By Nexus Media News   06/26/20  
California regulators approved a landmark rule requiring automakers to sell electric trucks in the state. The rule will require at least 40% of all tractor trailers, and 75% of delivery trucks and vans, sold in…
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Electric trucks are the ‘inevitable future,’ fleets say

By Jim Stinson   05/19/20  
But will the coronavirus crisis — and the resulting plunge in diesel prices — cause fleets to suspend their plans? Right now, some fleets are starved for freight business. Investment in electric trucks, with the…
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UPS Invests in Arrival, Accelerates Fleet Electrification With Order of 10,000 Electric Delivery Vehicles

UPS today said its venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has completed a minority investment in Arrival, which makes electric vehicle (EV) platforms and purpose-built vehicles that offer a highly competitive value proposition when compared with…
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Los Angeles commits to 100% electric sanitation fleet by 2035. Other cities aren’t ready to follow

By E.A. Crunden   01/29/20  
LASAN Director Enrique Zaldivar pledged to procure only electric vehicles in two years and gradually convert the fleet. While the market continues to evolve, adoption is far from widespread.
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