EPA to award up to $5M to reduce diesel emissions at ports

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is soliciting proposals (EPA-OAR-OTAQ-14-07) that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, from fleets operating at marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. The total estimated funding is approximately $5 million; EPA anticipates awarding two to five cooperative/assistance agreements.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacements. Read more »

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Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus

Volvo Buses will officially launch the new plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. The plug-in hybrid drive reduces diesel fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%.

The Volvo Electric Hybrid Driveline is an extension of the well-proven driveline used in the Volvo 7900 Hybrid. The difference lies in a more powerful electric motor, increased energy storage and equipment for overhead conductive opportunity charging. The bus is equipped with a 150 kW electric motor that delivers maximum torque of 1200 N·m (85 lb-ft) and is powered by a 19 kWh Li-ion battery pack as well as a 240 hp/918 N·m Volvo D5K 240, 4-cylinder, in-line Euro 6 diesel engine with common rail injection. Read more »

Daimler offers first complete look at its autonomously-driven Future Truck

It has no headlights, no rearview mirrors and virtually no grille. Yet this, according to Daimler, is the future of truck transportation.

Daimler tonight, for the first time, removed the mask from its Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which was first demonstrated for industry journalists on a stretch of German Autobahn in July. At that time, the truck’s identity was mostly concealed by a camo-style paint scheme designed to tease the eye and keep secret the more intricate details of the design. That mask came off tonight in front of more than 500 industry journalists from 30-plus countries from around the world, on the eve of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.

Read more at Truck News.

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Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 2 lab vehicle integrates technologies for more efficient big rigs

Renault Trucks’ heavy-duty Optifuel Lab 2 laboratory vehicle brings together various technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption in heavy-duty trucks and to prepare the way for future production models. Renault Trucks will display a scale model of Optifuel Lab 2 at the upcoming IAA. The vehicle is currently on the road to calculate the fuel savings it can achieve. These figures will be announced during the first quarter of 2015.

Optifuel Lab 2 has 20 technologies on board, each one of which addresses the four main issues associated with consumption: energy management, aerodynamics, wheel resistance and driving aids. Based on a Renault Trucks T, Optifuel Lab 2 is an ongoing version of the Optifuel Lab 1 introduced in 2009. The project has been developed with support from eight partners: Plastic Omnium, Michelin, Sunpower, Renault, IFP Energies Nouvelles, CEP-Armines, CETHIL-INSA from Lyon and LMFA-Ecole Centrale from Lyon. It is also supported by ADEMA, the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Control. Read more »