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The biggest medium-duty truck headlines of 2022

Medium-duty truck trends can be hard to pin down. After all, these trucks tackle a vast array of applications–from local pick-up and delivery vans running around every neighborhood across the country to municipal fleet trucks servicing utility lines. Think about it: Manufacturers build naked chassis just so that bodybuilders can dress it up with the

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Optimal EV, Fontaine Modification repower conventional trucks and buses

Optimal EV and Fontaine Modification Work Truck & EV Solutions introduce a repower solution that seamlessly converts conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks and buses to zero-emissions electric power. The new Optimal EV E1-R is built on the common Optimal Platform Technology and based on the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis. Fontaine will integrate the E1-R into

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Lightning eMotors announces collaboration with HEVO to wirelessly charge electric vehicle fleets

Lightning eMotors, a provider of zero-emission medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) technology for fleets, and HEVO, a provider of wireless EV charging technology are pleased to announce a program to demonstrate wireless charging of Lightning eMotors’ fleet vehicles. After an initial integration phase, the two companies will test HEVO’s award-winning Rezonant E8wireless charging

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BYD unveils Type A school bus with V2G technology

BYD (Build Your Dreams) recently unveiled the Type A battery-electric school bus, “the Achiever,” at theTransporting Students with Disabilities and Special Needs (TSD) Conference. The Type A is equipped with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology that allows the school bus to serve as a power source that provides clean energy during the hours it’s not being operated.

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Link CMP introduces double-deck system for mid-sized cargo vans

Link CMP announced the introduction of its new DD-EX2 Double-Deck System engineered exclusively for the Mercedes-Benz Metris. The DD-EX2 is Link’s first and double-deck system engineered to fit a mid-sized cargo van. The system design requires just one operator and doubles the carrying capacity of the popular Mercedes-Benz Metris. In a time of increasing fuel and

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Thomas Built Buses celebrates 200th Proterra-powered electric school bus delivery

Thomas Built Buses (TBB) announced the delivery of TBB’s 200th Proterra Powered Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus to Monroe County Public Schools in Indiana. Monroe became the first county in the state to receive an electric school bus in fall 2020. Since then, the district has continued to grow its zero-emission fleet, ordering an additional two buses

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Sonepar taps Penske Truck Leasing to provide electric light-duty fleet of Ford E-Transits

Sonepar has selected Penske Truck Leasing to provide its new light-duty electric fleet. Penske Truck Leasing is in the process of delivering nine Ford E-Transit all-electric cargo vans to support the initiative. These vehicles will be used for regional product deliveries in California, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state. Penske provides Sonepar with the vehicles, lease financing, comprehensive preventive

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The Shyft Group secures pre-order for all-electric delivery walk-in vans

Blue Arc EV Solutions made its debut in March with its commercial EV chassis, an all-electric Class 3 delivery walk-in van, and a portable, remote-controlled charging station, the Power Cube. Shyft recently announced the first pre-order for its all-electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans from Randy Marion Automotive Group, one of the

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EV chassis developments continue as suppliers address technology, charging, maintenance issues

Not a day goes by, it seems, that there’s not news about new developments in electric vehicle chassis. Traditional truck OEMs and newcomers to the market alike are steadily announcing their latest plans and technologies, and fleets are taking notice.  Along with those developments, however, comes the need for fleet managers to address a number

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Autocar delivers first all-electric terminal tractor to Old Dominion Freight Line

Autocar has delivered its first battery-electric terminal tractor, the E-ACTT, to its customer, Old Dominion Freight Line. Autocar delivered the electric terminal tractor to Old Dominion Freight Line’s facility in Rialto, California for driver orientation before the international freight line deploys the truck into the field. Autocar, an original equipment manufacturer, announced the purpose-built E-ACTT in 2021. The

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GoBolt, Lightning eMotors partnership to deploy all-electric vans, trucks

Lightning eMotors, a provider of zero emissions, medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with GoBolt, a sustainable logistics provider, to manufacture 170 all-electric cargo vans and box trucks over the next 12 months. These vehicles will be deployed across the U.S. and Canada. As

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Fontaine Modification to build larger corporate headquarters

Fontaine Modification is building a new corporate headquarters that will more than double its production and product development capabilities. The new facility, currently under construction in the Charlotte, N.C., I-485 Logistics Center, will be nearly three times the size of the current operation. Fontaine Modification is an engineering-driven provider of post-production truck services for original equipment

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