‘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 …

Star Wars looking driverless electric pod trucks to be on Swedish roads later this year

February 5th, 2018 by Rogier van Rooij on Clean Technica  Swedish tech startup Einride does not have the fame Tesla has, nor the experience in car manufacturing of established automobile brands like Volvo. Yet, if the company succeeds in carrying out its ambitions, it is going to have a driverless truck in operation way before any of the established carmakers do. No less importantly, it …

Tesla EV truck/semi-charging will be a collaborative venture

Tesla is collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and United Parcel Service Inc to build on-site charging terminals at their facilities as part of the automaker’s efforts to roll out the vehicle next year. Details of the partnerships, which have not been disclosed previously, are still being hammered out, but include design and engineering from Tesla, the companies said. They declined to …

Last-mile shipping, because of its complexity, can cost 50 percent or more of the total shipping cost; let’s make it more efficient

Online shopping is terrible for the environment. It doesn’t have to be. By Miguel Jaller, UC Davis, Dec 21, 2017 on Vox.com Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Given the date, it’s a near-certainty that a package marking one holiday or another has already landed on your doorstep, and that …

EV freight update on the sector where trucks move 70 percent of freight and have 10 percent of highway miles

By Jason MathersFollow, EDF’s Supply Chain Director at our Corporate Partnerships program. Published January 4, 2018 in Economics Tesla’s much-anticipated electric semi-truck is garnering attention for its futuristic look and zero-emission promise – and it’s part of an innovation trend that is changing the future of trucking, with implications for entire supply chains. United Parcel Service, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, PepsiCo and J.B Hunt are among the …

Global airfreight climbing almost 9% per year with rise of 2-day shipping. And shipping by air has 10x the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66x the footprint of container ships

By Lloyd Alter, 12 Jan 2018 TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping,where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of …

Dutch Company Introduces Autonomous Electric Barge In Europe

January 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Cars and light trucks are sexy, but when it comes to reducing carbon and nitrogen emissions from the transportation sector, vehicles that haul freight are where the action is. Tractor trailers, urban delivery vans, and ships have long been reliant on diesel engines. They are efficient and reliable, but have a nasty habit of …