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April 12, 2018
 


Many automakers are making a switch to producing battery-electric and hybrid electric vehicles across all vehicle classes. Image:Josh Bauer/NREL Electric Powertrains Are the Future. Will Fleets Be Ready?

There is a shift away from internal combustion engines and toward electric powertrain engines. How can fleets and automotive students prepare for this change?


The Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery van is pictured in front of San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Thi Dao Workhorse’s New Electric Van — Not Just for Deliveries

Workhorse its piloting four N-GEN electric delivery vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the vehicle's uses extend beyond deliveries. For government fleets, the vehicle can be used as an ambulance or by a utility fleet.


W.B. Mason has taken delivery of four Workhorse E-Gen hybrid-electric vehicles through Ryder. (Photo courtesy of Ryder.) Delivery Fleet Leases Hybrid Step Vans from Ryder

W.B. Mason, the nation’s second-largest privately owned office products dealer, has taken delivery of several Workhorse E-Gen electrified, range-extended step vans on leases from Ryder System, Inc., the company announced.


Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.


Photo of the Ford Transit LightningElectric courtesy of Lightning Systems. Lightning Systems Electric Ford Transit: 61 MPGe in the City

Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit LightningElectric will provide a fuel economy rating of 61 MPGe in the city and 66 MPGe on the highway, according to the vehicle modifier, which will display it for fleets around the U.S. in April and May.


CEO Elon Musk says Tesla's Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.


Photo of a heavy-duty truck via Pixabay SoCalGas Helps Calif. Fleets Acquire Natural Gas Trucks

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced efforts to help California fleets get more drivers behind the wheel of near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks.


Volkswagen's Matthew Renna VW Taps Tesla Manager to Head Electrification in North America

Volkswagen has hired Matthew Renna as its vice president over the development of its electrified vehicle architecture. Renna formerly served as program manager for Tesla's Model S and Model X vehicles.


Engine image coutesy of ROUSH CleanTech Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Certification

Roush CleanTech is the first propane autogas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines, the company announced.


Photo of the 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda. Honda's 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives in California

Honda’s 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell leases for $369 per month and is now available at select Honda dealerships.


 
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