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World’s Largest Truck Powered by Electric Motors

The world’s biggest truck—the more than 800-ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck—is powered by an electric drive system comprising four electric traction motors from Siemens, each with an output of 1,200 kilowatts (approximately 1,800 hp). The electricity is provided by two generators, each of which is driven by a 16-cylinder diesel engine with an output of approximately 1,700 kW.

The first BelAZ 75710 model recently began operating at a Siberian mine in the Kuzbass region of Russia. The truck is more than 20 meters long, almost ten meters wide, and eight meters high. It weighs 360 tons when empty and can transport around 450 tonnes of cargo, a volume that corresponds to a fully loaded Airbus A380 airplane. Read more »

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VIA Motors receives EPA Certificate of Conformity for eREV Van

VIA Motors has received its official Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Extended Range Electric Vehicle (eREV) Van, according to VIA Motors CEO Pablo Acedo. EPA certification means that VIA is now cleared to deliver its VIA eREV Vans to fleet customers across the United States.

The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires every engine and motor vehicle within the chain of commerce in the United States to meet a set of emission standards and conformity requirements. Anyone wishing to sell an engine or vehicle within the United States must demonstrate compliance with the CAA and all applicable EPA regulations. Read more »

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AmeriPride Takes Delivery of First Hydraulic Hybrid Truck

AmeriPride Services Inc., a leading uniform and linen supply company in North America, took delivery of its first fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid system this month.  The vehicle, a 2014 Ford F59 chassis with a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, will be put into delivery service in one of its Canadian Linen branches in Toronto, Ontario.  AmeriPride has selected Lightning Hybrids to provide the hybrid systems that are expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption, reduce brake maintenance costs and cut emissions for cleaner air. Read more »

First truly ‘Green-Fuel’ forklift

A unique collaboration has seen the production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck that relies entirely on renewable energy sources.

Similar projects have used hydrogen fuel generated using fossil fuels but a research effort involving Briggs Equipment and Honda has seen the development of a fully integrated system that generates hydrogen from solar power via an on-site electrolyser. Read more »