Traton takes over Navistar/ Expands in North America
Traton’s expansion into the North American market now finds itself on the home stretch: The Volkswagen commercial vehicle subsidiary has just signed a binding takeover agreement with the US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2021. Weiterlesen
Traton & Hino launch e-mobility joint venture
Traton and Hino are intensifying their cooperation in the field of electromobility. As part of their strategic partnership, the commercial vehicle subsidiaries of Volkswagen and Toyota have signed a joint venture agreement to speed up development for products with battery and FC technology. Weiterlesen
BYD & Hino to cooperate on electric utility vehicles
BYD and Toyota’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors have signed a strategic cooperation agreement in the field of electric vehicles. The agreement initially provides for the joint development of BEV commercial vehicles and will later extend to other areas such as sales. Weiterlesen
Toyota & Hino developing Profia fuel cell truck
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota and its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors are developing a fuel cell truck based on the Hino Profia. The vehicle will use technology that Toyota developed for the next generation Mirai. Weiterlesen
JV for electrified trucks by Traton and Hino
Traton, formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus, and Hino have announced new details of their strategic partnership. They intend to pool their strengths when it comes to electric transport and are also planning to set up a joint venture for procurement. Weiterlesen
California, Hino Trucks, GreenWay, One Tonne Life.
Update on investments: The California Energy Commission has published its “2014‐2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.” 20 million dollars are reserved for H2 stations, another 15m for EV charging infrastructure and 5m for buying incentives.
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov (the plan)
Low carbon commercial fleet: Two of Hino Trucks’s diesel electric cab-over trucks have been selected for the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP). The programme offers 19 million dollars in incentives to lower the emissions of medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in New York.
Slovakian quick charging network: GreenWay, known for its battery swapping in Bratislava (we reported), set up 15 CHAdeMO sites throughout Slovakia. The DC stations allow for west-to-east cross-country journeys and access will be given to GreenWay customers as part of their Easy Electric lease agreement.
Carbon reduction for real-real: In 2011, Volvo, A-hus and Vattenfall concluded the ‘One Tonne Life’ project in which a family was able to reduce its carbon emissions by 80%. Now, another family, the Jogensjös, has moved into the efficient house to live the low-carb lifestyle. The electric Volvo C30 has been replaced by a Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.
onetonnelife.com (with video)
Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.
Hybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)
Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.