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Lunaz upcycled electric refuse trucks to operate across London

Lunaz begins 2024 in a strong position to continue its journey towards producing 1,100 upcycled electric vehicles (UEVs) a year, with confirmation that its upcycled refuse trucks achieve the highest five-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating for driver visibility.

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New Renault Master E-Tech electric’s WLTP range – up to 460 km

Renault has chosen two batteries optimised for capacity, size and mass, combined with in-depth work on aerodynamics and a brand-new innovative platform. The van comes with a choice of two energy storage capacity ratings: 40 kWh and 87 kWh. These two packs are built into a single casing and designed for driving requirements in cities as much as in suburbs. And they do not hamper the vehicle’s payload capacity – which is an essential criterion in this segment.

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In conversation: Tony Persson

Scania AB’s head of battery production Tony Persson explains to Rory Jackson his company’s key role in the development of electric vehicles for demanding applications The race to electrify road vehicles is bringing with it a race to develop internal competencies in producing key e-mobility technologies, and battery packs frequently


Solar supplement for hybrid truck

Scania has shown a prototype of an electric truck that uses solar panels to provide additional power for propulsion (writes Nick Flaherty). The truck is a regular 100 kWh Scania plug-in hybrid connected to a trailer with 200 kWh of additional batteries as a power bank. These are connected to the solar panels. “When we first began thinking about this, our starting point was the lithium-ion batteries used in battery-electric trucks,” said Eric Falkgrim, a technology leader at Scania’s Research and Innovation department and the project manager for the truck. “In the time that Scania has been working with that technology, we’ve seen the batteries become lighter, cheaper and more energy-dense.”

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Scania’s rejuvenates battery electric range

Scania has updated its urban battery electric truck range and added a new electric machine (combined electric motor and gearbox) to its line-up. The battery electric urban truck range, originally launched in 2021, has been given a major update in line with Scania’s regional battery electric line-up.

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ZF unveils next-generation low-floor e-axle for city buses

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division showcased its AxTrax 2 LF electric portal axle for low-floor city buses at the recent Busworld 2023 show. The axle comes with two standalone SiC inverters and an electric control unit. Fitting a similar installation...

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Head of Bosch Mobility Solutions talks EV tech

Arun Srinivasan, head of Bosch Mobility Solutions in the UK, says that, as a Tier 1 automotive supplier, the company is well-placed to assess which technologies in which sectors are best placed to reduce the environmental impact of road transport, particularly by eliminating tailpipe emissions (writes Peter Donaldson).

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Volvo Penta and FTMH announce range of e-forklifts

Volvo Penta and FTMH have expanded their partnership to include the development of electric forklifts. The companies will develop a range of e-forklifts of up to 52 t. The 26 t capacity FTF 26-12, which currently uses a Volvo Penta D8 engine, will be the first to be electrified as the FTF 26-12 EL.

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Eaton offers sealed high-power lock box connectors

Intelligent power management company Eaton has announced that its eMobility business is now offering specialised high-power lock box...

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Scania completes first charging test with pilot megawatt charging system from ABB E-mobility

Scania has successfully installed and tested a pilot megawatt charging system (MCS) from ABB E-mobility. The technology is said to cut the charging time for heavy-duty vehicles by half...