Finding a way to reduce the carbon footprint of the logistics industry has been a focal point for years and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has made large strides in aiding the reduction. DTNA will be using Detroit’s ePowertrain in the upcoming Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2. These two new products are part of DTNA’s strategy to set a uniform architecture for a broad line-up of electric vehicles. Along with the two new trucks, DTNA has revealed a $20 million plan to invest in the Detroit manufacturing facility located in Detroit, MI. This plant will serve as the main source of Detroit ePowertrain parts for North America.
Earlier this week California announced they are now allowing private entities to sell electricity as motor fuel at charging stations. The announcement was made by Volvo Trucks North America as they worked in conjunction with other companies to facilitate the change. Prior to this news, Transport Topics states “California utilities were guided by a 2010 CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) decision exempting light-duty vehicle charging station providers from being regulated as a utility, but did not explicitly exempt medium and heavy duty charging station providers.” Three of the companies that joined Volvo’s effort include Trillium, a brand of the Love’s family of companies, Greenlots, a member of Shell Group, and Calstart, a non-profit organization focused on clean transportation technology.
New big rig player, Nikola Motors, is looking to add their mark in the transportation industry. Nikola is a startup operation based in Arizona that is “all in” on Hydrogen powered semi-trucks. While the theory of Hydrogen powered transportation has proven to be enticing, the actuality has eluded engineers over the past 50 years. The largest hold back in the eyes of Nikola Motor, is that the tank sizes necessary for passenger vehicle operation has proven to be bulky and inefficient. Nikola Motors is thinking around the scenario. If you can’t condense the storage, increase the vehicle size.
Governor Wolf is attempting to “clean up” Pennsylvania’s emissions. His new Executive Order will require 25% of government vehicles to be replaced by electric vehicle by 2025. The big push for this change is mostly financially motivated, as it is projected to gain the state just under 3 billion dollars in subsidies due to a reduction in vehicular and greenhouse gas emissions. Major cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are doing their best to stay ahead of the curve. Other benefits include lower greenhouse gas emissions and a speculation that respiratory disease might be reduced.