Heavy Duty Trucking

JUL 2014

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FuelSmarts c 30 HDT • JULY 2014 www.truckinginfo.com of the steepest grades in Southern California, achieved a top speed of 65 mph and consumed 1.3 kilowatt- hours of electricity per mile — about a quarter of the cost of using diesel fuel, according to the company. While the tractor was not pulling a trailer on this particular trip, the first TransPower tractor of this series has pulled trailers with total vehicle weights of up to 75,000 pounds, and the two trucks have accumulated more than 1,000 miles of test opera- tions since the beginning of this year. This drive has been installed in an International ProStar Class 8 tractor manufactured by Navistar. Funding for TransPower's electric drayage truck development has been provided by the California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. n California-based TransPower has installed its ElecTruck battery-electric drive system into the second of eight tractors of this design that it plans to convert this year and place into drayage service near the L.A./Long Beach ports. The tractor uses a next-generation electric drive system designed to meet the demands of drayage trucks. New features of this drive system include a dual-motor propulsion unit designed to provide up to 300 kilowatts (400 horsepower) of peak power, a 5-speed automated manual transmission, a unique power conversion and acces- sory assembly that replaces the diesel engine, and a modular 270 kilowatt- hour lithium-ion battery subsystem using proprietary TransPower battery management software. In what TransPower believes is an important "first" for an electric vehicle of this weight class, the tractor was driven nonstop from TransPow- er's headquarters in Poway, Calif., to be put on display at the University of California, Riverside, as part of a "New Grid Testbed Opening Cel- ebration." During the 88.2-mile inter-city trip, the electric truck climbed some California-based TransPower aims to move electric drive beyond light- and medium-duty Electric drive for drayage trucks More LNG for C.r. eNGLaNd C .R. England added 10 new Mack Pin- nacle 12-liter liquefied natural gas trucks to its Southern California fleets. In 2011, C.R. Eng- land introduced 15-liter LNG tractors into its fleet. Two years later, it added a compressed natural gas fleet in Utah. KaNe is abLe adds CNG VoLVos T hird-party logistics provider Kane Is Able is adding seven compressed-natural-gas-powered Volvo VNL daycab trucks with the 12-liter Cummins-Westport ISX12 G engine to its fleet. They will operate out of Kane's Scranton, Pa., location. New YorK's VouCher proGraM F reightliner's M2 106 diesel- electric hybrid truck, Hino's 195h and 195h-DC diesel-electric cabovers, and Crosspoint Kinet- ics hybrid-electric system are among the vehicles that have been approved for the New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program, along with a number of natural gas powered vehicles. The $19 million program aims to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel ve- hicles and diesel emission control devices for medium- to heavy-duty commercial fleets in the state. www.nyserda.ny.gov FUEL in the News The tractor was driven nonstop from Poway, Calif., to Riverside, an 88-mile trip with steep grades. The dual-motor propulsion unit is designed to provide up to 300 kilowatts (400 horsepower) of peak power.

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