Kenworth presents first class 8 electric truck
US manufacturer Kenworth has unveiled its first US Class 8 electric truck at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Designed for a gross vehicle weight rating of 82,000 pounds (about 37 tonnes), the Kenworth T680E electric tractor features a Meritor powertrain and offers 400 kW of continuous or 500 kW of peak power.
Kenworth opens orders for two electric trucks
Truck manufacturer Kenworth will start selling the Kenworth K270E battery-electric truck model and its bigger brother, the K370E, in the USA and Canada. The drivetrain for the BEV trucks is supplied by Dana. The first deliveries of the trucks should be made before the end of the year.
Kenworth & Dana develop electric drives for trucks
The US truck manufacturer Kenworth and the automotive supplier Dana have announced their cooperation to develop electric drives for Kenworth’s medium-heavy electric trucks. The first result of this cooperation has already been presented at CES.
Toyota reveals an improved fuel cell truck
Together with U.S. American truck specialist Kenworth, Toyota has developed the next generation of its fuel cell truck created in the course of “Project Portal“. The model now travels more than 300 miles (482 kilometres) on one fill.
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.
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Asko, Kenworth Trucks, Airbus, South Korea.
Logistic department tests fuel cells: Norway’s biggest convenience goods wholesaler Asko and Scania will test three fuel cell trucks for distribution services with distances of around 500 km. The hydrogen fuel is produced using local solar energy. The Norwegian government co-finances the undertaking. There is a lot of potential, as Asko has about 600 trucks on the road.
Electrifying port work: Kenworth Trucks has received three government grants worth a total of 8.6m dollars to build drayage tractors with hybrid and fuel cell drivetrains. The technology will be used to transport freight from the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.
Autonomous taxi plane: The City Airbus, a sort of multikopter, will be all-electric and act as a sort of shared cap in cities. It can be called via an app and will, in the long run, operate without a pilot.
Preparation for FCEV component production: South Korea is setting up a production hub for fuel cell components in the South Chungcheong Province and will invest 65m dollars in the project until 2021. In a first stage, it will focus on R&D of FCEV part technology, while the second stage will focus on setting up evaluation and assessment equipment.