The city of Los Angeles has ordered 2 zero-emission refuse trucks. These Class 8 trucks feature a Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Crane Carrier chassis, and an Amrep automated side-loader body.The trucks will be built by Amrep in Los Angeles, and are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018. LA’s sanitation department expects them to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year.
Whatever you may think about Ford’s efforts to sell its plug-in vehicles, when it comes to workplace charging, the company is forging ahead. It currently has 200 charging stations at 50 facilities in the US and Canada, and it plans to triple that number to 600 in the next two years.Ford recently conducted a three-year study on employee charging and driving behaviors, and found that 60% of employees who drive EVs said that Ford’s workplace charging network influenced their purchase or lease decisions. Since September 2014, Ford employees have charged their vehicles at work more than 165,000 times, providing around 2 million miles of electric driving.
Washington-based Zunum Aero, profiled in the July/August issue of Charged, has unveiled details of its first aircraft – a hybrid plane with a capacity of 12 passengers and a range of 700 miles. It will have a maximum cruise speed of 340 miles per hour, and a take-off distance of 2,200 feet. The company says it will be available for delivery in 2022.
Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, which was unveiled as a prototype last December.By 2021, the company intends to bring the Nikola One and Two to market, each of which will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 lb-ft (2,712 N·m) of torque – nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road – with zero tailpipe emissions.
BYD says the latest expansion of its Lancaster, California plant makes it North America’s largest battery-electric bus manufacturing facility. The grand opening was attended by a coterie of local politicians.The new wing brings the total size of the facility to nearly 450,000 square feet, almost four times its initial 2013 footprint. The expanded plant will be able to build up to 1,500 e-buses per year, and will employ as many as 1,200 full-time workers. It is powered by 100% renewable energy.The BYD Coach and Bus facility also supports R&D and assembly for BYD’s electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks, including delivery, drayage and refuse trucks.BYD has delivered 137 electric buses in the US and Canada, and is producing 300 more to fill current customer orders. The company’s buses are in service at more than 40 transit agencies, universities and airports across North America.
Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger that’s built into a towable 20-foot container. The system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, and can be fed through the local electrical grid or by a generator.The container includes three HV350 charger units, as well as a power management system. It provides output voltage up to 920 V (nominal) and 1,000 V (maximum). Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).This solution is designed to charge vehicles in locations where it might not be appropriate to install permanent charging infrastructure, such as test tracks, road tests, or sites with difficult conditions.
Georgia-based Green4U Technologies showed its first all-electric vehicles – the MTU-6 and Enova SUVs – at two recent US trade shows.The developmental prototypes on display feature all-electric powertrains that will deliver up to 230 miles of range. Both vehicles, which are designed primarily for fleet use, will share an in-house-designed modular aluminum chassis. Both feature six doors to provide easy access to each SUV’s second- and third-row seats.