Toyota working on fuel cell truck with Kenworth
Truck maker Kenworth and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop ten trucks using Toyota fuel cell technology. The hydrogen trucks are to run at the Port of Los Angeles and are part of a million dollar initiative funded by CARB.
Moto GP, KTM, Visedo, Kenworth.
Moto GP comes together: The electric motorcycle racing series planned by promoter Dorna is taking shape. Four manufacturers agreed to deliver 18 electric race bikes with a speed of around 200 kph. They shall last for at least ten laps in each of the five Moto GP races starting from 2019.
Street-legal KTM e-bike: Electric racing series such as the Moto GP may well aid sales of bikes like this KTM. The E-Duke would be the Austrian brand’s first dip into road legal territory and is at prototype stage. Production is not yet underway, because battery prices are still too high.
Föri the electric ferry: Finland’s oldest ferry has been rejuvenated with an all-electric propulsion from Visedo. The 113 year old vessel now silently glides back and forth on Aura River and charges overnight. The Visedo system is eight tons lighter than the diesel set up it replaced.
SoCal’s ports’ electrification progresses fast as with US Hybrid another maker jumps on board the hybrid truck market after Kenworth. Its Class 8 port drayage truck features a fuel cell and will be operated at the harbours of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
IAV, UPS, Kenworth, NÜWIEL.
Modular electric drive: Engineering firm IAV brought its latest electric drive to a symposium in Vienna, Austria. The motor’s integrated planetary gear set offers up to three speeds, which can be adjusted for efficiency or hill-climbing ability. Constant power is at 50 kW with a max output of 80 kW and the electric drive is said to increase battery range by 5 – 10 percent. Target group are all sizes of cars and all sorts of low-emission vehicles including those with fuel cells.
UPS presents fuel cell truck: UPS is another logistic giant entering the zero emission business as maker rather than buyer and has just presented a custom-made electric delivery van. It uses a fuel cell from Hydrogenics as range extender and has been developed within a 10m dollar programme funded through the DOE. The van has a range of up to 200 km, says UPS, who wants to deploy a total of 17 units in a trial that runs through the end of 2018 in the USA.
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More fuel cell utility vehicles come from Kenworth that operates in SoCal. Its prototype Class 8 hydrogen tractor uses a Ballard Power Systems fuel cell to recharge the battery. Another model under developent is a hybrid running on CNG. Both will be deployed in in Southern Californian ports.
And back to UPS who will give a start-up from Hamburg a chance to push its deliveries by bike. NÜWIEL’s electric pusher trailer has its own electric drive and could thus assist to thrust the postman forward. Its is said to sense the force needed and adds to up to 25 kph while carrying cargo of up to 90 kilos. NÜWIEL will be available to courier companies from autumn 2017 and to consumers by 2019.
treehugger.com, electrive.net (UPS, in German)