Author Archives: Tim de Jong

Volkswagen, Ford study van-alliance

Volkswagen, Ford study van-alliance

Volkswagen and Ford have started negotiations to form a van alliance. Volkswagen used to have such an alliance with Daimler, which ended in 2013. The objective of such an alliance is to cut costs in the development of a new generation of clean vans. Volkswagen was urged by it’s commissioners to start talks with Ford.…Continue Reading

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BYD delivers electric truck to California port

BYD delivers electric truck to California port

Chinese electrial vehicle specialist en battery producer BYD has delivered a Class 8 electric truck to a Californian governmental board. The authority intends to find out in how far electrical trucks may replace diesel trucks in port area’s. The truck will start shuttling containers on a short with a company specialised in this kind of…Continue Reading

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Tesla semi trucks on the road

Tesla semi trucks on the road

Footage has appeared on Youtube of two Tesla Semi Trucks leaving Gigafactory1 in Nevada and destined for the Fremont factory where Tesla builds it’s Model 3 passenger car. The trucks take part in a large testing programme to find out if the technology is sufficiently reliable. Tesla stresses that this test is not about finding…Continue Reading

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Pick-up party in Detroit

Pick-up party in Detroit

At the Detroit Auto Show, the American industry showed their new pick-up trucks. First, there’s the new Chevy Silverado, which has received a high, massive front with small, highly positioned lights. Should you prefer, the new Chevy can shut down seven of it’s eight cylinders and it can also be had with a three litre…Continue Reading

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Kamaz starts new engine assembly

Kamaz starts new engine assembly

Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz will start assembling engines on a new line from March this year in a newly built plant. In the past, Kamaz relied for decades on an ancient and relatively inefficient V8 design. Now, together with German company Liebherr, the Russians developed an inline six twelve litre engine, said to become available…Continue Reading

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Paccar prepares autonomous technology, fuel cell

Paccar prepares autonomous technology, fuel cell

Paccar will be showing two novelties at the CES in Las Vegas. It will show autonomous truck technology on a Peterbilt 579 and  a fuel cell driven Kenworth T680. The projects were initiated following the US governments Super Truck project. From this project, Paccar received a 2,1 million dollar support to develop these new technologies.…Continue Reading

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NextGen Scania’s nearly ready for Down Under

NextGen Scania’s nearly ready for Down Under

Scania is preparing the introduction of it’s NextGen trucks for the Australian market. As we all know, due to weather circumstances, Australia is the most demanding continent on the planet when it comes to operating trucks. The Swedes are testing a B-Double rig featuring a non EGR V8 engine. This should not be a problem,…Continue Reading

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Frankenstein on wheels: It’s the Thor ET-One!

Frankenstein on wheels: It’s the Thor ET-One!

A Californian startup has developed a prototype Class 8 electric truck, called the Thor ET-One. The objection is to make this truck even cooler than others, like the Nikola One and the Tesla Semi, or even the electric truck from Cummins.. The Thor ET-One is built on a Navistar chassis which was put on Dana…Continue Reading

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