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UPS Orders 50 Battery-Electric Delivery Vans from Workhorse

Competition in the segment heating up.

by on Feb.22, 2018

UPS ordered 50 battery-electric vans from Workhorse Group. The company has 35,000 trucks that could be replaced soon.

Companies around the globe have been hustling to develop and produce a viable electric delivery truck, and it appears there is a winner: Workhorse Group Inc. The Ohio-based company just entered into a contract with UPS to replace 50 of the company’s delivery trucks.

“We see this vehicle as being a game changer in the electric truck arena,” Carlton Rose, UPS’ president for global fleet maintenance and engineering told Reuters. The deal calls initially for 50 trucks with a range of 100 miles each.

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However, the company has more than 35,000 vans that could be replaced as time and technology improve. UPS didn’t make the move due to some altruistic motive — at least not solely. (more…)

Nikola Picks Phoenix for $1B Hydrogen Semi Truck Plant

Company will begin construction on 1 million square-foot plant later this year.

by on Jan.31, 2018

Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton talks about the company's plans to build a $1 billion facility near Phoenix for its hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

The competition to produce electric semi trucks is getting a little more intense with Nikola’s announcement that it plans to build a $1 billion, 1 million-square-foot facility just outside Phoenix to build its hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

The company claims to have 8,000 pre-orders for its two trucks, the Nikola One and Nikola Two. The One is a sleeper cab while the Two is a day cab only. The plant is expected to be complete by 2024, although it’s not clear when company will begin producing trucks before then.

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“We will begin transferring our R&D and headquarters to Arizona immediately and hope to have the transition completed by October 2018,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder, Nikola Motor Co. (more…)

UPS Jumps on Tesla Semi Bandwagon with 125-Truck Order

Company already had partnership with EV maker.

by on Dec.20, 2017

UPS is the latest company to place an order – 125 trucks – for Tesla electric semi truck.

The popularity of Tesla’s not-yet-on-the-road semi continues as UPS became the latest company to plunk down big money to place an order. UPS wants 125 trucks, Tesla’s largest order to date.

The truck, which was unveiled in November, provides unparalleled performance, such as a zero to 60 time of five seconds unloaded and 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load. It features an simplified interior where the driver sits in the center of the cab and streamlines all of the information and data a driver needs into two simple screens.

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Tesla’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company will begin producing the trucks in 2019. (more…)

Tesla’s EV Semi Likely to Fall Short of Long-Haul Norms

Truck is limited to 300 miles per charge compared with 1,000-mile range.

by on Aug.25, 2017

Set to be revealed next month, Tesla's new semi-truck is expected to get between 200 and 300 miles on a single charge.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed recently the company planned to unveil a semi-truck in September, adding it would be capable of handling long-haul loads.

Apparently, he forgot to add “just barely.”

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The new truck, which Musk has implied in the past would be on par with current trucks or better. However, a new Reuters report reveals that the new truck will be capable of 200 to 300 miles on a charge. Most long-haul trucks can go 1,000 miles before refueling. (more…)

Lutz Pushes for Commercial Vehicle Electrification

Former GM exec professes love for EVs, but says industry’s got it wrong.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Bob Lutz, Via board member, talks about Via's new $80 million contract at the company's press conference. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Via Motors, a start-up company planning to offer plug-in electric vehicles to commercial customers, said it has received an $80 million contract as part of a transcontinental electrification project.

Robert Lutz, former GM vice chairman and a leading advocate for extended range electric vehicles, told reporters at Via press conference at the North American International Auto Show that electrification of vehicles, such as vans and pickup trucks, makes more sense than making small electric vehicle.

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“We’ve got it backwards,” said Lutz, who brought the Chevrolet Volt to life while he was at GM and describes himself has a fan of electric vehicles. “I’ve always like electric vehicles. I just don’t like their range.” (more…)