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Navistar recognizes numerous customer and partner milestones achieved with its International eMV Series battery-electric medium duty truck. In full production since August 2021, the eMV Series provides a flexible design that has offered customers a wide variety of specification options to serve various markets.
“Although the medium-duty electric truck segment has focused on box trucks and pick-up and delivery applications, we have been able to go beyond expectations and meet customer needs in other segments,” said Debbie Shust, vice president, Medium Duty Truck. “Body upfitters are taking on the challenge of seeing what can work on an electric vehicle, and our International eMV Series has become a successful demonstration of chassis integration serving various markets.”
Recent vehicle deliveries over the past several months demonstrate the scope and variety of applications where the eMV Series electric vehicles have been deployed. These include:
- In June, Terex Utilities, a manufacturer of materials processing machinery and aerial work platforms, announced the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck mounted on an eMV Series chassis. The vehicle boasts a 135-mile driving range and enough battery power to run the bucket for a full day’s work. Joe Caywood, Terex Utilities Director of Marketing and Product Support said, “This partnership with Navistar to utilize the International eMV Series allows us to deliver an all-electric bucket truck that supports distribution line service two years ahead of industry projections. This solution will help many of our customers’ electrification and sustainability goals.”
- Navistar has partnered with Morgan Truck Body, LLC to release a prototype dry freight cargo van body integrated on an eMV Series chassis. The prototype vehicle offers reduced weight and improved aerodynamics to further the performance of the eMV Series chassis and powertrain. “The integration between a Morgan van body and a Navistar chassis demonstrates a commitment to providing customers innovative EV solutions, both from an OEM and a truck body builder perspective,” said Tom Diez, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Morgan Truck Body.
- Penske Truck Leasing became Navistar’s first U.S. eMV Series customer, purchasing multiple vehicles to continue its commitment to zero-emissions technology. Penske integrated the EVs into its fleet to provide real-world feedback regarding performance. Navistar delivered the vehicles in April 2022.
- Canadian utility provider ENMAX purchased two eMV Series trucks to join its fleet of mobile command centers as part of a pilot program. The program is the first of its kind in the Canadian market, focused on cutting fuel costs and determining the cost efficiency of EVs.
- Altec, a truck equipment manufacturer serving the utility and contractor markets, took delivery of an eMV Series chassis upfitted with an Altec TA-60 body. This vehicle will serve the public utility market.
Navistar partners continue to showcase the versatility of the eMV Series in additional applications including a stake body from Knapheide and a stake dump body from TBEI Rugby.
The International and IC Bus dealer network is committed to preparing customers for the transition to electric vehicles through a comprehensive certification process. Certified EV dealers have a committed team that works together with Navistar’s NEXT eMobility Solutions team to help customers through every step of EV adoption.
Navistar provides end-to-end guidance for charging infrastructure, route mapping, grant applications, connected solutions and any other electric vehicle needs a customer requires.
“The relationships Navistar’s engineering and NEXT eMobility Solutions teams have made with customers and partners highlights the success of collaboration in deploying unique and real-world applications of EVs,” said Jason Gies, vice president, eMobility Business Development.
DPD UK to switch its entire diesel HGV fleet to Gd+ HVO
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Leading parcel delivery company DPD UK has announced that it is to switch its entire diesel HGV fleet to Gd+ HVO, an advanced hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel, in conjunction with integrated energy provider, Essar and Green Biofuels Ltd.
Gd+ HVO is a direct drop-in replacement for diesel, developed by Green Biofuels Ltd and is defined as renewable and sustainable under the EU’s REDII legislation. It is the lowest-emission diesel replacement fuel available made from renewable feedstocks, and contains a specifically designed performance additive to ensure cleanliness and optimum combustion throughout the fuel system.
Gd+ HVO can be used in any diesel engine without the need for modifications or capital expenditure. It is approved by vehicle manufacturers, and there is no degradation in performance.
By using Gd+ HVO fuel, operators of diesel engines typically save lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 90%1, and consequently help improve local air quality2. In-field and controlled environment-independent tests have shown that compared to standard diesel emissions, Gd+ HVO achieves up to 80% reductions of particulates and up to 20% reductions of nitrogen oxides emissions.3
DPD UK will begin switching its 1,600 strong HGV fleet to Gd+ HVO immediately, and following a four-month trial, the company aims to convert 60% of its vehicles within 2022 – reducing emissions by 70,282 tonnes compared to 2021. The remaining vehicles will switch by the end of 2023. Gd+ HVO will be delivered directly to DPD’s onsite tanks nationwide by existing bulk fuel supplier Essar.
Justin Pegg, Chief Operating Officer at DPD UK commented,
“This is a very significant step in the journey to decarbonising our entire fleet and achieving our aim of being the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK. While we are well on the way to electrifying our delivery van fleet, the HGV linehaul fleet has always been a very different challenge. We have assessed a range of options and it is clear now that this is the most effective and practical way to make a real difference. While there may be different solutions in years to come, we must start this process now by making our existing vehicles significantly cleaner.”
Carlos Rojas, Head of Marketing & Logistics at Essar, said:
“Essar is committed to playing a leading role in the decarbonisation of the UK economy and manufacturing the fuels of the future in a lower carbon way. As a key partner of choice, we have worked seamlessly to provide integrated energy, infrastructure, and logistical solutions to DPD nationally for over ten years and are proud to be its strategic supply partner as it decarbonises its fleet.”
William Tebbit, CEO and Co-Founder of Green Biofuels, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Essar and DPD. Our mission is to support the net-zero energy transition by providing a solution that that makes an immediate impact on local air quality, lowers CO2 emissions, and supports decarbonisation. The challenges faced by DPD are typical of most large fleets in the UK; however, Gd+ HVO provides results with no additional costs of transforming the engines. Green Biofuels offers the most effective solution available today – it is an essential ingredient for the transition to an environmentally friendly world fuelled by 100% renewable energy.”
Details on all of DPD’s sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated DPD green website and include plans to have over 3,000 electric vehicles on the road in the UK this year and a total of 4,000 by 2023, delivering to 30 towns and cities on all-electric vehicles only.
CEVA Logistics to expand fleet of electric vehicles to Thailand
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CEVA Logistics is connecting sports enthusiasts in Thailand with Decathlon products thanks to an expanded fleet of electric vehicles. The fleet of three electric vans and two six-wheel electric trucks are supporting Decathlon’s growth in Thailand while reducing annual CO2 emissions by more than 100,000 kilograms.
Expanding logistics to support growing operations
Decathlon is one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers, based in France and currently present in 56 countries through more than 2,000 stores. CEVA first began supporting Decathlon in Thailand in 2021 under a deal that covered nationwide ground distribution for the sporting goods retailer’s six retail stores at the time. Decathlon’s retail presence in Thailand now counts 14 experience stores and eight “click & collect” locations.
The ground fleet at the outset in 2021 was composed of one electric van and three conventional diesel trucks. The new fleet is expected to operate 5,500 trips per year totaling approximately 900,000 miles, including the pick-up of products from local suppliers, delivery to the Decathlon distribution center in Samutprakarn and moving merchandise into the nationwide retail network.
Commitment to energy transition in logistics
When the two companies first started working together in Thailand in 2021, CEVA Logistics became the first 3PL provider to use an electric vehicle in the country, providing Decathlon with a more environmentally friendly transport solution. As Decathlon’s operations continue to expand, so will the supporting CEVA ground fleet. Two additional electric vans are currently expected to be added to the fleet in 2023, along with two more of the six-wheel EVO G9 electric trucks, which are 32 feet long and have a gross vehicle weight of 33,000 pounds.
CEVA expects to grow its electric ground fleet in Thailand beyond the contract with Decathlon, as several other local customers share its values. As part of the CMA CGM Group, CEVA is committed to acting responsibly for the planet. The Group has set a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Bruno Plantaz, regional managing director for Asia Pacific, CEVA Logistics, said: “Our values align very closely with those of Decathlon, and we have collaborated well to engineer a more sustainable logistics operation in Thailand. Combining Decathlon’s leading sporting goods and our logistics know-how is bringing value and enjoyment to sports enthusiasts across Thailand. With our expanding electric ground fleet, we can now accomplish all of that in a more sustainable way.”
DB Schenker to use eTrailers for decarbonizing long hauls
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DB Schenker is continuing to drive the green transformation in land transport and is consistently focusing on sustainable innovations. This week, the logistics service provider signed a cooperation agreement with Trailer Dynamics and the Krone Commercial Vehicle Group on the use of eTrailers in European land transport.
“This agreement marks a further step in the electrification of land transport,” says Cyrille Bonjean Executive Vice President Land Transport for DB Schenker in Europe. “It is essential for us to look for new sustainable solutions that can be integrated into our daily business. With the eTrailer from Trailer Dynamics, we have obtained another promising model for the future.”
Wolfgang Janda, Executive Vice President, Head of Network & Linehaul Management, DB Schenker, adds: “The use of eTrailers enables early entry into the phased transition to a completely CO2-free fleet. In our view, electric trailers do not represent a transitional technology but will instead be a firm component of our commercial vehicle fleet over the long term. This marks yet another step in our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and become net-zero by 2040.”
Michael Nimtsch, Managing Director at Trailer Dynamics says: “The vision of Trailer Dynamics is to use eTrailers to make an important contribution to the decarbonization of the economy and sustainable
The electrified trailers of Trailer Dynamics have an electric drive train that makes it possible to support the drive of the tractor unit. A specially developed component uses a patented sensor system to determine the driving dynamics of the tractor-trailer combination and then readjusts the eTrailer so that the eTrailer supports the tractor unit. The tractor unit cannot be overridden at any time, however. The electric drive train also allows energy to be recovered during braking.
The eTrailer’s drive control system operates independently, so no interface with the tractor is necessary. In addition, the trailers can be combined and used with tractor units from all manufacturers. The eTrailers support diesel, gas, electric, and hydrogen-powered tractors.
The trailers can be equipped with 300kWh, 450kWh, or 600kWh batteries as required. This can extend the range of electric tractors by up to 500 km, depending on the use case, and also significantly reduce the fuel consumption of conventional diesel tractors. CO2 emissions can thus be reduced by 20%-40%.
The logistics provider will successively roll out these 2,000 eTrailers across its European network starting in 2024.
and environmentally friendly logistics for long-haul trucks. With our cooperation partner DB Schenker, we are taking the next important step toward transforming this vision into reality.”
“Electrification, digitalization, automation, and decarbonization are the strategic goals that Krone will achieve with its innovative products – and especially the eTrailer. We are therefore very pleased that we not only share these goals with our long-standing customer DB Schenker; we are also jointly making them a reality with this eTrailer project.”, adds Dr. Stefan Binnewies, CEO of Krone Holding.
The use of eTrailers makes trucks more sustainable and lowers their CO2 emissions.
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