Posts Tagged ‘electric’

Daimler delivers its first all-electric trucks in Europe

December 15, 2017

“With the Fuso eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs,” said Marc Llistosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

“This is the future of urban distribution transport.”

With a load-bearing capacity of 4.5 tons, the eCanter is equipped with six batteries and has a range of 100 kilometres (62 miles), the Mercedes Benz parent company said.

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Package-shipping giant UPS has put eCanter trucks on the road in the United States, while in Japan convenience-store chain Seven-Eleven and Yamato Transport will each operate 25 of the trucks, according to Daimler.

Large-scale production of the fully electric, zero-emissions truck is set to begin in 2019.

Daimler’s announcement comes as carmakers and tech firms around the world jostle for dominance in the rush to meet a growing demand for clean, quiet delivery trucks as cities grapple with smog and noise pollution.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-daimler-all-electric-trucks-europe.html#jCp

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Norway to build first self-sailing electric cargo ship

May 11, 2017
May 10, 2017

A computer simulation released by Yara International ASA shows the Yara Birkeland vessel
A computer simulation released by Yara International ASA shows the Yara Birkeland vessel

Norway plans to launch the first autonomous and fully electric cargo ship next year that the project’s backers said Wednesday will save 40,000 truck journeys per year.

Fertiliser company Yara International has teamed up with industrial group Kongsberg to build the Yara Birkeland, which will haul fertilisers between three ports in southern Norway.

With a range of more than 65 nautical miles, the ship will be able to haul roughly 100 containers at a speed of 12 to 15 knots, according to the project’s director, Bjorn Tore Orvik.

Initially the ship will be manned, but remote operation is expected to begin in 2019 and fully autonomous operation in 2020, the companies said.

“Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where we ship products to customers around the world,” Yara’s chief executive Svein Tore Holsether said in a statement.

“With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and , improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” he added.

The switch is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 678 tonnes per year, according to Yara, with the electricity used to charge the ship’s batteries coming almost exclusively from hydro plants.

While Norway is a major oil producer it has been a leader in the adoption of electric cars thanks to generous tax incentives and has experimented with electric-powered ferries to cross its famous fjords.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-norway-self-sailing-electric-cargo-ship.html#jCp