alternative fuel

Nikola mulling per-mile pricing system for hydrogen-powered tractor, says testing to begin next fall

Nikola unveiled the 1,000-hp fully electric rig last year. The company says it produces no emissions and can operate up to 1,200 miles before its hydrogen fuel cell needs to be replaced.

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Tesla rendering teases electric big rig

“It’s meant to alleviate the heavy-duty trucking loads,” says Tesla's Elon Musk. “This is something which people do not today think is possible. The think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range. With the Tesla semi, we want to show than an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi.”

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Toyota to test hydrogen-powered big rig at LA ports this summer

It’s powered by two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, giving the drayage truck more than 200 miles per fill under normal operation, the company says. The rig, based on a Kenworth T660, can haul loads up to 80,000 pounds, Toyota says.

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Bill floated in Congress to reduce excise tax on alternative fuel trucks

The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent excise tax on the sale of heavy-duty trucks. The bill's backers said in a press release that alternative fuel trucks, such as natural gas-powered trucks, are more expensive than diesel-powered costs, effectively resulting in a penalty for purchasing an alt-fuel-powered truck. The bill would change that.

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Alt fuel engines expected to gain market share over next 5 years

While diesel engines currently make up 98.5 percent of the Class 8 market share in North America, a new report says that dominance will lessen within the next 5 years.

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Mack announces plans for DME-powered trucks

Mack Trucks announced this week it will begin producing dimethyl-ether-powered trucks in 2015, starting with its over-the-road Mack Pinnacle axle-back models.

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FMCSA nixes EOBR mandate, states looking for trucking options, U.S. trucker jailed in Mexico

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