Volvo Trucks provides electrification consulting for fleet customers


One of the keys to Tesla’s early success was that the company understood that winning drivers over to electric drive involves more than just selling cars. The importance of a more comprehensive customer relationship applies with even more force in the commercial vehicle market, and savvy commercial EV makers are offering “turnkey” electrification solutions, helping… Read more »

New study to compare lifetime costs of electric and gas vehicles


Comprehending the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an EV is an important factor in consumer decision-making. The TCO of a vehicle includes not just the initial purchase price, but also operating costs including fuel, maintenance, repairs and insurance. The inability to make clear comparisons between EVs and legacy vehicles is one factor slowing down… Read more »

Moog and Komatsu demonstrate electric wheel loader


Precision control specialist Moog and yellow machine manufacturer Komatsu demonstrated a connected, automation-ready battery-electric wheel loader at the recent bauma trade show in Munich. Moog’s intelligent machine electrification system includes: an electric traction motor; lift, tilt and steering electric cylinders; power electronics; system control computer; battery and battery management system. Komatsu provided the vehicle-level design… Read more »

Thor Industries partners with Harbinger Motors to electrify RVs


Thor Industries, which claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of RVs, has formed a strategic partnership with Harbinger Motors, a commercial EV specialist that delivers technology targeted to the medium-duty chassis platforms used in the RV industry. Thor aims to create “a superior electrified experience that drives a best-in-class experience for Thor owners.” Harbinger… Read more »

Tradelink Transport buys 15 Volvo VNR Electric trucks to serve ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach


Tradelink Transport, a minority-owned trucking company based in Compton, California, operates a fleet of 40 Class 8 trucks, transporting a variety of products for major shipping companies between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and nearby rail yards. The company recently purchased 15 Volvo VNR Electric trucks, which are expected to provide air… Read more »

Electrify America launches a new brand-neutral marketing campaign to promote EVs


It’s great to see that automakers are now including EVs in their all-pervasive advertising campaigns, after years of ignoring them. But car ads tend to be arty rather than practical, and many prospective customers still don’t understand how charging works. Enter Electrify America, with a new brand-neutral marketing campaign titled “As Seen on EV.” Modeled… Read more »

Custom Truck One Source and Battle Motors partner


Custom Truck One Source is a provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions—it offers sales, rentals, service, customization and remanufacturing. Now the company has added Battle Motors to its truck inventory. Custom Truck will offer Battle Motors’ full cabover line, including electric trucks, in Kansas City, Missouri and other cities. The partnership will enable… Read more »

Dongfeng Fukang ES600 uses CATL’s battery swap solution


Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile (DPCA) are collaborating on a battery swap project that uses CATL’s EVOGO system. The EVOGO modular battery swap solution will be incorporated into the Dongfeng Fukang ES600 electric sedan (which appears to be an electric version of the Peugeot 408). The EVOGO battery swap system is… Read more »

Automakers and infrastructure providers ask UK government for ZEV mandate


It’s anybody’s guess where the UK government stands on e-mobility and clean energy these days. Whatever one may think of Boris Johnson, he at least talked a green game, and his administration implemented some constructive pro-EV policies. His ill-fated successor put climate change deniers in charge of environmental policy, pushed a vast expansion of oil… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz unveils electric trucks for construction site applications


Mercedes-Benz Trucks presented several battery-electric trucks for construction site applications at this year’s bauma construction industry trade show in Munich. The manufacturer showed a “concept prototype” of the eActros LongHaul, which features an electric power take-off for semi-trailers such as tippers, making it suitable for deliveries to construction sites. Mercedes has already been equipping the… Read more »