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Leading Transportation Strategist to Keynote Fleet Forward Conference

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

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Ford to Focus on Trucks, EVs, Connectivity

Ford Motor Co.'s new leader wants to shift investment into trucks and electrified vehicles and reduce costs and investment in sedans and internal combustion engines, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said Tuesday.

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Tesla's Model 3 Loses Its Luster

Tesla produced less than one-fifth of the Model 3 sedans in the initial quarter of production of the vehicle than it promised, and an independent survey shows potential customers losing interest in the vehicle.

The new Volvo FH. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Launches Natural Gas Trucks in Europe

Volvo Trucks has introduced two natural gas heavy-duty trucks to the European market that the OEM claims can cut CO2 emissions by 20% to 100%.

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Gasoline Sales Eclipse Diesels in Europe

Gasoline-powered cars have become the most sold car type in the European Union, overtaking diesel in the first half for the first time since 2009.

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Possible Photo of Tesla’s Electric Truck Leaks on Reddit

A post on the Tesla "subreddit" of Reddit.com shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.

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Lightning Systems Names Kelley Chief Technology Officer

Lightning Systems has named William R. Kelley as its new chief technology officer, the alternative fuel modifier announced.

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Ameren Illinois Opens CNG Station

On average, Ameren Illinois vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas can drive 200-400 miles before refueling, reducing fuel costs by about $2 per gallon compared to diesel.

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Gasoline Remains Steady at $2.55 Per Gallon

The nation's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell 2 cents to $2.55 for the week ending Oct. 2 as prices remain somewhat elevated from earlier years due to the impacts of two hurricanes, according to AAA.

Ford Sets Up Electrification Team

Ford has begun coordinating the development of its electrified vehicle initiative by setting up an internal team known as "Team Edison" as it begins rolling out 13 electrified vehicles in the next five years, according to a company spokesperson.

A Tesla fleet vehicle for Ben and Jerry's, which is a Unilever brand. Photo courtesy of Unilever.

Unilever to Electrify Entire Fleet by 2030

Unilever has committed to converting its entire fleet to be battery-electric or hybrid-electric by 2030, which is part of the organizations commitment to encouraging commitments on electric transport.

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India to Procure 10K EVs from Tata

Tata Motors will supply 10,000 battery-electric vehicles to a government-run energy-services join venture in India as the country continues efforts to reduce emissions and curb fuel imports.

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GM to Launch 20 EVs by 2023

General Motors will add two battery-electric vehicles to its lineup in the next 18 months as part of its plan to roll out 20 such vehicles by 2023, the company has announced.

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Renault Introducing Two EVs for Australian Fleets

Renault Australia will import two pure electric models to the country which will be sold directly to business and governmental organizations.

Cummins showed off its new electric concept truck at the NACV show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Meritor CEO Predicts Electrified Future

“There is a sea change in our industry with regard to electrification of the drivetrain,” said Jay Craig, CEO of Meritor, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

California's Gov. Brown May Ban Internal Combustion Engines

California's Gov. Jerry Brown is reportedly considering banning the sale of vehicles with internal-combustion engines, a clean air regulator in that state told Bloomberg.

Photo of assembly line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in West Virginia courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Investing $373M in Five Plants

Toyota will invest $373.8 million in five assembly plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain that will make its debut in the Highlander Hybrid, the automaker announced.

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Chery to Bring Compact SUV to Europe in 2018

Chery will introduce its Exeed compact SUV in Europe in 2018, and will offer three powertrain variants, including a plug-in hybrid.

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XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

“Navistar is now writing the next chapter of our story,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Navistar-VW Alliance to Bring Electric Truck, Integrated Powertrain to Market

The Navistar-Volkswagen Truck & Bus Alliance has borne fruit faster than either company expected. Officials announced Monday they will develop a proprietary, integrated powertrain; a common connected vehicle and cloud platform; and an electric-powered Class 6/7 truck.

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Gasoline Prices Tumble to $2.57 Per Gallon

The nation's average gasoline price fell 5 cents to $2.57 per gallon, especially in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall a month ago, according to AAA.

BorgWarner offers the growing hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market a broad product portfolio to help meet emissions regulations and fuel economy goals. Image: BorgWarner

BorgWarner Talks Hybrids, Electric Trucks at NACV Show

BorgWarner expects the hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market to see a 32.9% compound annual growth rate, increasing from 49,000 units in 2017 to 115,000 units in 2020.

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

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$21M Approved for Clean Transportation Projects in Southern California

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee designed the program so that it can partner directly with eligible cities and counties in California to jump-start clean transportation projects.

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City of Dublin and Clean Fuels Ohio to Host Ride & Drive

The Ride & Drive will showcase electric vehicles and the importance and locations of charging stations in the Dublin, Ohio, community.

 

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