Volvo deploys first electric VNR

Volvo deploys first electric VNR

FONTANA,
Calif. – Volvo Trucks North America has deployed its first VNR electric truck
as part of the Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solution (LIGHTS) project.

TEC
Equipment’s Fontana, Calif., dealership is operating the truck, delivering
parts between its dealerships.

“Volvo Trucks is proud to lead the way in
the sustainable electrification of freight movement. Working
with our dealership, TEC Equipment, to pilot
the first Volvo VNR Electric on the road and in
real-world applications is an exciting step toward
our plans to commercialize these zero-emission trucks in North
America this fall,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of
Volvo Trucks North America. “The all-electric Volvo VNR will
become the ideal truck model for short- and regional-haul
applications, such as urban distribution and drayage.” 

(Photo: Volvo Trucks North America)

TEC
has two 50-kW chargers in its shop, as well as a 150-kW charger outside its
facility to enable charging.

“This experience in designing, planning, and
installing high-power chargers for electric trucks has taught us how
critical it is to engage a variety of stakeholders early on,” said Aravind
Kailas, advanced technology policy director for Volvo Group North America. “The
Volvo LIGHTS project has provided valuable insight into how to build realistic
project timelines. Despite the unavoidable delays due to the COVID-19
situation, we’re proud the team has been able to continue moving the
project forward.”   

“We are proud that our
Fontana dealership will be first in in North
America to pilot the Volvo VNR Electric model,” added Dave Thompson, president and CEO
of TEC Equipment. “Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, we
are gaining valuable hands-on experience for our drivers and
maintenance staff to ensure that we are well prepared to support the widescale deployment
of these advanced, zero-emission trucks throughout the Southern
California freight corridor.” 

Published at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:24:45 +0000

Canada’s first natural gas-electric hybrid to be demonstrated

Canada’s first natural gas-electric hybrid to be demonstrated

AYR, Ont. –
Hiller Truck Tech has taken delivery of the first natural gas-electric hybrid
Class 8 tractor, which it plans to demonstrate June 18-19.

The 2015
Freightliner Cascadia has a 12L Cummins natural gas engine, coupled with a
retrofit Hyliion electric axle. The combination, according to Hiller Truck Tech
owner Dave Hiller, overcomes the weight restrictions that have thus far limited
adoption of the Cummins ISX 12G natural gas engine in Canada.

Immediately
upon taking delivery of the tractor, Hiller said it was put to the test
grossing 124,000 lbs pulling a load of corn. He’s confident the combination
will be a good fit for fleets wanting a low-GHG engine capable of pulling
heavier payloads.

Some big-name
fleets, including Groupe Robert, C.A.T., Loblaw, Challenger, The Beer Store, municipalities
and others are expected to attend the two-day demonstration, Hiller said. Afterwards,
Hiller Truck Tech will rent out the truck so that fleets can test it in their
own operating environments.

(Photo: Hiller Truck Tech)

Hiller is
located at the Flying J Truck Stop in Ayr, Ont., at Exit 268 off the 401.
Keeping all Covid-related precautions in mind, visitors will have the
opportunity to take the truck for a test drive and to learn more about the
technology. The demos will run from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. both days.

The Hyliion
axle can be factory-installed or retrofit, with some additional wiring and
electronics work required at a plant in Austin, Texas. Dana is part-owner of the
e-axle company. The first batch of natural gas-electric hybrids were delivered
to a grocery delivery company in New York, Hiller said, adding the company has
placed a second order for more units.

The ISX 12G
produces just 400 hp, but propulsion assistance provided by the Hyliion e-axle
makes it compatible for heavier payloads required in Canada. But Cummins has
thus far refused to budge on increasing warranty coverage for gross weights in
excess of 80,000 lbs. Hiller said talks are in progress to discuss this issue.

“We are
talking to them now, saying this is an electric assist system. There’s also some
aftermarket warranty we can purchase,” Hiller said. “This is all new to Cummins,
and they are still stating ‘No, this is supposed to be an 80,000-lb truck
(engine).’”

Hiller is optimistic
the combination could be a good alternative for fleets, such as Robert, which were
reliant on the now-discontinued 15L Westport LNG engines. Hiller acknowledged
there will be a 10-20% fuel economy penalty compared to diesel, but added
natural gas is less expensive, helping to offset higher operating costs. There
is also a growing network of renewable natural gas supply stations available to
help fleets significantly lower their GHG emissions.

Published at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:29:39 +0000

Hyliion finds partner, will list on NYSE

Hyliion finds partner, will list on NYSE

AUSTIN, Texas – Electric powertrain specialist Hyliion has merged
with Tortoise Acquisition Corp., and will list on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol HYLN.

Hyliion says the move will assist its corporate expansion and advance
development of its powertrain solutions.

Hyliion Hybrid Truck
(Photo: James Menzies)

“We are building solutions that are available today
and address the immediate needs of today’s trucking fleets,” said Thomas Healy,
CEO and founder of Hyliion. “Hyliion’s solutions were specifically developed to
utilize existing infrastructure in an effort to support rapid technology
deployment. Our mission is to enable our fleet customers to quickly realize
lower carbon emissions and significantly lower cost of ownership benefits
provided by our technology.”

The company was founded in 2015 and offers hybrid
and fully-electric powertrain solutions. Healy will continue as CEO. Dana is
part-owner of Hyliion and will maintain its share of equity ownership.

Published at Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:40:14 +0000