Toyota and Japanese retail giant in fuel cell trial

Automotive giant Toyota and Seven-Eleven Japan have teamed up to carry out fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the convenience store chain’s operations and distribution network. One of the projects include exploring how fuel cell technologies could be deployed in Seven-Eleven Japan’s trucks to power both the […]

£4m for firms to switch to electric vans and trucks

The government is investing £4 million to help businesses switch their vans and trucks to electric vehicles. The money is part of the Plug-In Van Grant scheme which has been available since 2012 but sales have been limited, according to BEIS. That’s why it has decided, alongside the Department for Transport, to extend the scheme to offer grants […]

US invests $137m in energy efficient vehicle tech

The US has announced an investment worth $137 million (£102.75m) to develop technologies tha make vehicles more energy efficient. The money will be used for two different initiatives. The first will fund four projects to develop and demonstrate cost effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of trucks. Through the second initiative, a […]

US invests $80m in efficient truck technologies

The US is investing $80 million (£54.4m) to improve the efficiency of trucks. The money from the Department of Energy (DoE) will fund the research, development and demonstration of technologies which aim to improve heavy-truck freight efficiency by more than 100%. The projects will use a variety of truck and trailer technology approaches such as engine […]

US trucking firm fined $100k for not installing pollution filters

A trucking company in the US has been hit with a $100,000 (£65,340) fine for failing to install emissions controls in its fleet. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Estes Express Lines violated the California Truck and Bus Regulation as it didn’t have particulate filters on 73 of its heavy-duty diesel trucks. That’s 15% […]

£4m fund to refuel gas-powered trucks

The UK Government is providing £4 million of investment to fund gas refuelling points for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) across the UK. It is inviting gas retailers and other interested parties to bid for a share of the pot. The cash is expected to give flexibility to businesses that use gas-powered trucks to refuel en […]

MEPs back safer, greener truck designs

European politicians are proposing to ease rules on trucks to boost safety and fuel savings. Yesterday MEPs on the EU’s Transport Committee put forward draft rules which would let designers change the bodywork of lorries. At the moment it is illegal to make trucks too long or weigh too much – but the rule change […]

Engine for air-powered truck drives on apace

Engineers say a new engine powered by liquid air could be ready to test by the summer. Dearman engineering firm claims it could replace typical diesel engines, saving truck operators thousands of pounds in fuel costs. Engineers will test the Dearman Engine’s zero-emission cooling and power on a refrigerated truck during 2014, before moving to […]

US recycling trucks switch to compressed gas to cut emissions

An American recycling and waste firm has traded its diesel trucks for new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles to cut its fuel use and save emissions. Indianapolis firm Republic Services rolled out 79 CNG solid waste and recycling trucks. It has installed two natural gas fuelling stations to support the new fleet. Travis Simpson, […]

No trucking way! Frozen air to power commercial van

The power of frozen air is to be harnessed in trucks – in an engine containing liquid nitrogen. Last week its developers won a grant from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, to build and test their liquid air engine fitted in a commercial vehicle. A group made up of the Dearman Engine […]