ACT News 2017


Siemens eHighway Runs for SoCal Ports

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Mile Demo Line with Three Heavy Trucks in Carson,
TransPower and Volvo-Mack for the Electric-Drive Vehicles

A diesel-hybrid truck by developed Volvo-Mack, and a battery-electric truck and CNG-fueled hybrid-electric truck developed by TransPower are taking part in the Siemens-led, SCAQMD-backed eHighway project.

A long-discussed idea to use overhead catenary lines to power trucks exiting Southern California’s big ports is moving closer to fruition: Siemens reports that America’s first “eHighway” demonstration is running, with three different heavy duty, electric-drive trucks “hauling freight.”

Capstone Kenworth: CNG Drives a Turbine

September 7, 2017 in CNG, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Integration of a Corvus Battery Pack
Driving JJE Motors in Reefer Vehicle for Deliveries,
Agility CNG Tanks Fuel Electricity-Generating Turbine 

Capstone has released details about a CNG microturbine-powered Class 7 Kenworth T370 configured for battery-electric or series hybrid electric operation, intended as a delivery vehicle. Recently completed track testing has confirmed both high-speed performance as well as operation on 20% grades, the company says. updated September 12

TransPower to Power Kalmar T2 Yard Goats

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Factory Installations on Kansas Assembly Line

Heavy duty electric vehicle specialist TransPower and Kalmar USA disclosed a five-year supply agreement as they jointly showcase the first joint-effort, zero emission, 100% battery-electric version of Kalmar’s Ottawa T2 terminal tractor at ACT Expo.

Two views of the 100% battery-electric version of the Kalmar T2 with TransPower drive.

The firms note that they have been collaborating since 2011 “to develop and perfect advanced, zero-emission electric terminal tractors.” The unit on show here was finished as part of a glider program in which TransPower completed the build by installing its electric driveline at its facility in Escondido, Calif.

“Under Kalmar’s new supply agreement with TransPower, Kalmar will manufacture electric terminal tractors on its own assembly line in Ottawa, Kans., using parts shipped to Kansas by TransPower,” the companies said. The first prototype units are to be produced in the Ottawa plant in the fourth quarter.

40,000 Miles of Experience

TransPower ElecTruck drives have accumulated approximately 40,000 miles of commercial use on past models of Kalmar terminal tractors “in a variety of demanding applications” since 2013. For example, at the California distribution center of retail giant IKEA, the companies say, a Kalmar Ottawa-TransPower electric tractor has become the preferred tractor since 2014, due to its high reliability and low operating cost.

The cost of energy for an electric tractor can be as little as 3¢ per mile – if the tractor is powered by solar energy such as the one being operated by IKEA. “For a comparable diesel tractor,” they say, “the energy cost is closer to 75¢ per mile.”

Funding Partners Helped Make It Possible

Development of TransPower’s electric tractor drive system has been supported since 2011 by agencies including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego have also contributed to the development and demonstrations of the technology.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

Blue Bird Corp Taps TransPower for e-Bus

January 31, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Project Is Supported by a $4.4 Million DoE Award
As Manufacturer Says It Will Explore V2G Connections

Blue Bird has tapped Southern California’s TransPower and says it will look at V2G/vehicle-to-grid technology as it develops a battery electric school bus. The project is backed by a $4.4 million award from EERE, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. updated February 6

TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.

Ten Battery Trucks for San Diego Port

July 20, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Energy Commission Supports $8.2 Million Plan:
Vehicles from BYD, EDI and TransPower for Seven Tenants

BYD, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. and TransPower are to supply seven battery electric freight vehicles for seven port operators under a new California Energy Commission-backed program, the San Diego Port Tenants Association said late yesterday. updated July 21

Pasha Targets Port with Zero-Emissions

July 15, 2016 in money awarded, ports, solar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Trucks Contribute to ‘a Wright Brothers Moment’

Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, which operates a 40-acre facility at the Port of Los Angeles, is aiming to eliminate emissions with the help of a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.

CARB $23.6 Million for Port e-Trucks

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Electric Drive, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Statewide Project for Cleaner Trucks at Ports & Railyards

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for electric-powered port trucks, doing so at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this past Wednesday.

The ElecTruck Moves Closer to Market

May 19, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, money awarded, Studies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Says Dyno Tests Validate Per-Mile Savings & Durability
With ROI on 100% Battery Class 8s Seen at 150,000 to 200,000 Miles,
CEC Meanwhile Awards Nearly $9 Million for Three New Test Projects

Independent dynamometer testing indicates that the return on investment for 100% battery electric, full-size, Class 8 “ElecTruck” tractors can be achieved in as little as 150,000 to 200,000 miles, reports developer TransPower. That’s because even though the trucks cost far more to buy than diesel trucks, diesel fuel costs are completely eliminated.

TransPower Flexes Its All-Battery Muscles

March 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says Hard Data Backs Its Claims of Full Heavy Tractor Capability
As Company Awarded Funding for Demonstrations and Expansion

San Diego-based Transportation Power, Inc. is throwing down the gauntlet on heavy duty all-electric terminal tractors, claiming it’s got more data than anyone on range and heavy-load capabilities.

Siemens to Test Catenary Trucks

August 13, 2014 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

South Coast AQMD Awards Siemens a Contract to Test
Three Truck Types on a Two-Mile Stretch of Road in Carson,
Siemens Cites Volvo Group/Mack, TransPower Involved Too

Siemens is to conduct demonstrations of electric trucks drawing power from overhead lines in the vicinity of the largest U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Two CNG E-Hybrids by TransPower

August 12, 2014 in CNG, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One of Two Trucks to Be Used for Siemens Catenary Project,
The Other Is to See Genset Optimization for Range-Extension

San Diego-based TransPower is leveraging funding from two California agencies to develop two variants of a battery-dominant Class 8 plug-in truck with a 3.7-liter compressed natural gas engine as a range extender.

CGI for V2G-Capable All-Battery Buses

July 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Studies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Is to Build Six Demo Vehicles as Part of CEC-Backed
Clinton Global Initiative-America and National Strategies Program

The California Energy Commission is supporting a project led by Washington, D.C.-based National Strategies to build six battery electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability, and deploy them with three California school districts. The V2G-capable buses will be built by San Diego-based heavy duty electric drive specialist TransPower.


TransPower Unveils Latest ‘ElecTruck’

May 27, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Navistar International ProStar-Based Vehicle is 100% Electric

Southern California’s TransPower has unveiled its latest fully battery electric Class 8 truck – and continues to argue the case that such zero-emission vehicles can satisfy the drayage needs of the major Los Angeles ports.

PortTechExpo Next Week in San Pedro

September 5, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technologies Range from Pure Heavy Electric Trucks to DME

PortTech Los Angeles is gearing up for the fourth annual PortTechExpo, a one-day event being held September 11 at the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles meeting center in San Pedro, Calif.

Catenary Pantograph for Zero Emissions

June 18, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Siemens-TransPower Project Backed by a Bevy of Agencies

A key part of the funding equation fell into place last week as the California Energy Commission said it’s awarding $1.6 million to retrofit five heavy duty trucks to run on power from an overhead catenary wire using the Siemens pantograph system – part of a $13.5 million program.

TransPower Tractor for Ikea in Tejon

April 15, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$500,000 Demonstration Project Funded by Valley Air District

Poway, Calif.-based Transportation Power, Inc. says it will demonstrate onboard inverter-charger units “that simplify and accelerate battery charging” in all-electric yard tractors. TransPower’s 100% electric vehicle will replace diesel rigs currently used by Ikea at its distribution center in Tejon, Calif.

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