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Charting the Course for Early Truck Electrification

By Jessie Lund and Others   08/15/22  
Trucks in the United States produce 25 percent of transportation greenhouse gas emissions even though they only make up 10 percent of vehicles on the road. And the problem is growing — emissions from trucks…

Nearly 20 states push ahead with truck electrification plan

By Kate Magill  Photo: Scharfsinn86, Getty Images   07/28/22  
Nearly 20 states and jurisdictions have signed on to an action plan striving for 100% electric medium and heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2050. The plan, released Wednesday, includes policy recommendations for local lawmakers to consider…

Amazon Wants 100,000 Electric Vans. Can Rivian Deliver?

By Jack Ewing  Photo: David Kasnic, The New York Times   07/21/22  
Nearly three years ago, Amazon announced that it would buy 100,000 custom-made delivery vehicles from Rivian, a fledgling maker of electric vehicles. On Thursday, after some delays, the companies said hundreds of the vans were…

USPS will make 40% of its new trucks electric, up from 10%

By Jacob Bogage  Photo: Patrick T. Fallon, Bloomberg   07/20/22  
The US Postal Service pledged Wednesday to electrify at least 40 percent of its new delivery fleet, an increase that climate activists hailed as a major step toward reducing the government’s environmental footprint.The Postal Service…

Walmart to buy electric vehicle fleet for last-mile deliveries

By Worth Sparkman   07/12/22  
Walmart has a definitive agreement to buy 4,500 electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, the two companies announced Tuesday morning.The EV maker revealed last year it was relocating its headquarters to Bentonville. Why it matters: Farmers,…

Ford Sales Jump in June on Big Gains for F-Series Pickup Trucks

By Keith Naughton  Photo: Michael Nagle , Bloomberg   07/05/22  
Ford Motor Co. sales jumped 31.5% in June thanks to big gains from its top-selling pickup-truck line, including the electric F-150 Lightning. Deliveries of F-Series trucks rose 26.3% from a year ago, Ford said in…

Self-driving EV heavy trucks are coming to a work site near you

By Joann Muller  Photo: SafeAI   06/02/22  
Autonomy startup SafeAI is partnering with German industrial titan Siemens to create electric, autonomous heavy trucks for Japanese construction giant Obayashi, Axios is first to report. Why it matters: Construction and mining companies are under…
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Reality Check: Electric Trucks Are Viable Today

By Laurie Stone   05/25/22  
Many people think that electric trucks can’t do the job — they won’t have a long enough driving range, they will be too heavy, truckers won’t like them. However, that couldn’t be farther from the…

Mary Barra’s ‘Long Game’: Winning the E.V. Race

By Neal E. Boudette  Photo: Peter Hoffman , The New York Tomes   05/12/22  
General Motors made a splash last year when it announced a bold plan to ramp up sales of electric vehicles and said it would stop making gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.

House panel will investigate USPS plan to purchase 8.6 mpg trucks

By Jacob Bogage  Photo: Nati Harnik/AP   05/12/22  
State attorneys general and top environmental groups have already sued the Postal Service to block the $11.3 billion truck contract.

16 states, D.C., climate activists sue USPS to block truck purchase

By Jacob Bogage  Photo: Mike Blake , Reuters   04/28/22  
Sixteen states, the District of Columbia and environmental activist groups are suing the U.S. Postal Service to block its purchase of 148,000 gas-guzzling delivery trucks over the next decade, alleging the agency has vastly underestimated…

States, environmental groups sue USPS over gas-powered trucks

By Zack Budryk   04/28/22  
Sixteen states and a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for its decision to upgrade the majority of its fleet with fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

Ford lost $3.1 billion in the first quarter.

By Neal E. Boudette  Photo: Sylvia Jarrus , The New York Times   04/27/22  
Ford Motor said on Wednesday that it lost $3.1 billion in the first three months of the year because of a sharp drop in the stock price of Rivian, an electric vehicle start-up that Ford…

Tesla Will Sell Its Long-Awaited Cybertruck Next Year, Elon Musk Says

By Jack Ewing  Photo: Jeenah Moon , Reuters   04/09/22  
The truck, with an angular design and a stainless-steel skin that set it apart from traditional pickups, has been delayed after an inauspicious unveiling in 2019, when a designer lobbed a metal ball at a…

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.

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…

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…

Democrats Want Investigation Into Postal Service’s Gas Guzzlers Contract

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Desiree Rios , The New York Times   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…

Biden administration moves to cut smog-forming pollution from trucks

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images   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

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…

Where to encounter some of the first self-driving vehicles

By Joann Muller  Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios   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…

EPA: New mail-delivery fleet needs more electric vehicles

By Matthew Daly  Photo: Charles Krupa, File   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…

EPA presses USPS to halt purchase of up to 165K gas-powered vehicles

By Zack Budryk  Photo: Greg Nash   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.

These EVs are cheaper to own than their gas-powered counterparts

By Adele Peters  Photos: Ford, pagadesign/Getty Images   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…

America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric

By John Seabrook  Photo: Daniel Shepard   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…

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…

How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

By Laura Bliss  Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg   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.

1 big thing: Why electric pickups are so hot

By Ben German and Andrew Freedman  Photo: Sarah Grillo , Axios   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.

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…

Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

By Lawrence Ulrich  Photo: Bryan Derballa for The New York Times   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…

ALL ELECTRIC. ALL F-150.

11/24/21  
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

11/01/21  
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…

Climate change fuels drive toward cleaner tractors

By Marc Heller  Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images   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…

Using the World’s First Green Steel to Make a Dump Truck

By Lars Paulsson  Photo: Jan Lindblad , AB   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…

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…

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…

How a Startup Beat Ford, GM, and Tesla to Market

By Brayden Gerrard  Photo: Richard Truesdell   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…

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…

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.

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…

They fought for clean air. They didn’t know they were part of a gas industry campaign

By Miranda Green and Sammy Roth  Photo: Carolyn Cole , Los Angeles Times   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…

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…

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.

California truck rules facing a test — in New Jersey

By Ry Rivard  Photo: Carolyn Kaster , AP   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…

The Many Benefits of an All-Electric Fire Truck

By Tina Casey  Photo: Connor Betts   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…

‘Electric is not easy’: LA, NYC look to build capacity for more battery EVs in refuse fleets

By Maria Rachal  Photo: Maria Rachal, Utility Dive   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…

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…

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…

Why electrifying the light truck market could be tough

By Ben Geman  Photo: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios   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.

Albertsons takes delivery of Volvo zero-emission refrigerated trucks

06/01/21  
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.