Toyota Unveils Second Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

Toyota Unveils Second Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

December 10, 2020 –Trucks.com

Toyota has developed a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell system to power heavy-duty trucks. The automaker said the new system would be used in the latest prototype Class 8 tractors using a Kenworth T680 chassis and a cab and chassis from Toyota’s Hino truck subsidiary.It is based on the fuel cell system Toyota is launching in the next generation Mirai passenger sedan, which goes on sale as a 2021 model later this month.

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Total Volume Rises Again in October at the Port of NY and NJ

Total Volume Rises Again in October at the Port of NY and NJ

December 9, 2020 — Portbreakingwaves.com

Total volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey rose by 13.4 percent in October, posting 755,437 TEUs (419,744 containers) versus 666,381 TEUs (374,805 containers) in October 2019. This increase brings our year through October total to 6,137,859 TEUs (3,452,130 containers). October imports totaled 405,415 TEUs (224,835 containers) compared to 340,952 TEUs (191,655 containers) in October 2019, an 18.9 percent increase. From January through October 2020, imports at the Port of New York and New Jersey reached 3,198,861 TEUs (1,788,425 containers) versus 3,195,511 TEUs (1,804,364 containers) in the same period of 2019, a 0.1 percent increase.

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Konecranes Achieved a Leadership Rating in CDP Climate Change Performance Ranking

Konecranes Achieved a Leadership Rating in CDP Climate Change Performance Ranking

December 8,2020–Konecranes.com

Konecranes has received recognition for its ambitious climate work, receiving an A- rating in the CDP’s climate program and a Leadership ranking (A or A-). The measurement is based on the company’s 2019 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

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New reports point to U.S. port congestion in “Critical” shape

New Reports Point to U.S. Port Congestion in “Critical” Shape

December 7, 2020 — Logisticsmgmt.com

In addition to higher volumes, labor and chassis shortages have contributed to the ongoing congestion which is expected to last into at least December 2020. Imports from Asia to the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex reportedly increased by 22 percent in August and September compared to 2019 levels. However, the increase in import volumes has not been matched by higher operating capacity in terms of equipment and space; the ports have also faced some labor shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, delayed vessel arrivals, as well as a chassis shortage in Southern California, which is expected to continue into 2021, have added to the logistical bottleneck.

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Volvo’s VNR Electric Launches Wave of Advanced Technology Trucks

Volvo’s VNR Electric Launches Wave of Advanced Technology Trucks

December 7, 2020 –Trucks.com

Volvo Trucks’ launch production of electric Class 8 trucks next month at its main factory in Virginia demonstrates how regulatory and business trends will transform the trucking industry. The Swedish manufacturer, which sells under the Volvo and Mack truck brands in North America, wants to shift its entire product range to vehicles that are zero-emissions or powered by renewable resources such as hydrotreated vegetable oil fossil-free by 2040, Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, told Trucks.com.

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EV Fleet Savings Calculator to Help with EV Cost Analysis

EV Fleet Savings Calculator to Help with EV Cost Analysis

December 3, 2020 –Act.news.com

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) introduced its new EV Fleet Savings Calculator, to help companies and organizations with cost analysis in transitioning their fleets to electric vehicles (EVs). The new online tool allows business customers and public agencies with medium- to heavy-duty fleet vehicles to explore EV investment estimates based on their own fleet size, infrastructure, budget, and other factors.

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Study Will Analyze Maintenance Data From NGV Truck Fleets

Study Will Analyze Maintenance Data From NGV Truck Fleets

December 1,2020 –Trucks.com

While heavy-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) have been making strides in the trucking industry for the past decade, technicians continue to face challenges when maintaining these alt-fuel engines. But with some experience and the right training, NGVs can also create success stories that echo their benefits.NGV maintenance issues can sometimes result from improperly sized engines, insufficient or improper routine maintenance, or design problems with early generation natural gas engines. However, information remains anecdotal, and the lack of solid data and analyses can create confusion and uncertainty. These concerns can also lead to barriers to the adoption of more NGVs in the on-road sector.

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High-Potential Regions for Deployment of Electric Trucks

High-Potential Regions for Deployment of Electric Trucks

December 1, 2020–Actnews.com

Regional haul trucking and electric trucks go hand in hand. The relatively short-haul and return-to-base nature of regional haul meshes well with the range of batteries currently available for use on battery-electric trucks. Much of the electric truck deployment has taken place in California, but as battery technology continues to improve and as more states are looking to zero-emissions futures, it becomes more likely that the future of trucking will be battery-based. Interested stakeholders across North America are looking for guidance in prioritizing other regions where the deployment of battery electric vehicles makes sense.

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