Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks used primarily for freight transportation, which have particular charging needs

May 18th, 2019 by Rocky Mountain Institute  Originally published on the Rocky Mountain Institute’s website. By Jessie Lund When most people envision climate action, images of solar panels and wind farms often come to mind. However, electricity generation is only part of the decarbonization puzzle. The climate crisis calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach to decarbonizing the world’s goods and services, including how they are designed, …

Maritime freight transport decarbonization – May 2019

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector. Based in London, the IMO is the UN agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the environmental impact of …

Moving Freight Sustainably from Here to There: Scenarios for Zero-Emission Trucking Technologies

Almost all trucks today are powered by diesel engines and fossil fuel. Changing how trucks are powered is essential to solving the problems of air pollution and climate change. After all, trucks account for a substantial share of both pollutant emissions and CO2 emissions on US roadways.  What are the strategies for reaching zero- or very-low-emissions trucks? Calif. –  the California Air Resources …

New online store guarantees plastic-free, low-emission shipping

© Zwoice – Europe’s first pollution- and plastic-free online shopping portal Zwoice is an encouraging example of how shopping can be made green. Online shopping has given people access to more eco-friendly products than they’ve ever had before, but often the ways in which those products ship are less than sustainable. A new online marketplace called Zwoice hopes to change that. It …

Electric Delivery Vans Coming From Chanje, Tesla, Workhorse, DHL, & Mercedes

November 20th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on CleanTechnica.com Delivery vans are nearly invisible to ordinary people, yet millions of them crisscross the nations of the world every day. They are the blood in the veins of commerce, distributing the goods, products, and services that are at the heart of each nation’s economy. And each one adds up to 20 tons of carbon emissions …

Tesla semi on cross-country tour and on a test track with professional driver

133 Comments A Tesla Semi prototype has been touring around the country apparently to visit reservation holders and now we learn that it has stopped at an unknown test track with a pro-driver. We have been tracking the Tesla Semi prototype over the past two weeks. It drove to J.B. Hunt in Arkansas almost 2,000 miles away from its home base and then …

‘It’s the beginning of the end’ for internal combustion engines, says UPS as it updates its fleet to electric

By Fred Lambert Mar. 30th 2018  UPS, which operates one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the world, has several electrification efforts and today, it got quite excited about the prospect of going all-electric as it deployed a new smart-grid technology to support its growing EV fleet in London. So much so that it called it “breakthrough” that “signals the beginning of …

Reasons Why the Tesla Semi Is So Popular With Food & Beverage Companies

March 24th, 2018, Originally posted on EVANNEX, by Charles Morris A number of companies around the world have placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi, and a preponderance of those orders seem to be coming from purveyors of food and beverages. PepsiCo has ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40, restaurant supplier Sysco is taking 50, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw’s wants 25. Why is this …

A Tesla Semi electric truck could offer payback within a year and a half and save us ‘tens of thousands of dollars a year’, says DHL

By Fred Lambert, Elektrek, 23 Feb 2018  The Tesla Semi specs are mesmerizing competitors and customers alike, but some are still skeptical about the company’s ability to deliver on them. With this said, DHL, one of the largest logistics firms in the world, is on board and now expects that a Tesla Semi electric truck could save them ‘tens of thousands of …

Ford tries AV deliveries in Miami, says the mixed-use model — transporting people and goods — offers a better chance of keeping its vehicles operating throughout the day and maximizing potential revenue

February 28th, 2018 by James Ayre in Clean Technica: Ford Launching Self-Driving Vehicle Delivery Programs In Miami (Domino’s + Postmates)  Ford has now launched a self-driving vehicle pilot delivery program in Miami (Florida) in partnership with Domino’s — to be followed by the launch there of a program with Postmates as well — the company’s Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Sherif …