April showered us with more than just rain. From expansion to electrification to autonomous technology, we were showered with a deluge of new and exciting trucking industry updates. So, unless your eyes have been glued to our page since the beginning of the month (quite impressive to say the least), there’s a chance you could have missed something. Check out our five takeaway stories you MAY not have seen. (See what I did there?)
#5: See electric truck charging in action
It’s one thing to talk about electric truck charging infrastructure (and there’s a lot to talk about) and another to see it installed and working. In this episode of the Amped EV Podcast, we connect with Nate Hill, director infrastructure and eConsulting, Daimler Truck North America, who takes us on location at DTNA’s electric charging island in Portland.
#4: The wide world of EV range
Range is a hot topic these days… You could almost say it’s universal! While EV interest in the commercial segment continues to grow, a major concern is the distance a battery charge can take them. In this On The Road, David talks about the possibility of extended range thanks to regen breaking – a technology that is out of this world!
#3: The evolution of electric truck technology
Speaking of range, let’s take a look at the Volvo VNR Electric model. At the TMC show in Orlando, Jason had the chance to catch up with Andy Brown, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America, and talk about the new features including up to 85% increased range, faster charging and more configurations for heavy-duty transport.
#2: On the level
It shouldn’t come as a shock that level 5 autonomous technology won’t develop overnight, but we are always getting closer. In this story, Jason talks with Julien Plenchette, senior vice president, Americas, CVS Division, ZF Group, about the evolution of automated driving and how it’s impacting the heavy-duty trucking industry.
#1: Navistar on Navistar
Navistar, manufacturer of International Trucks, has entered a new chapter and its one written by their new owner, the TRATON Group. In this three part story, take an in-depth look at where Navistar is going and just how they plan on getting there through the latest in truck equipment technology, EV advancements and truck service data.