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NewsTrucking Regulation

Daimler Trucks eliminates carbon dioxide from Portland, Oregon manufacturing

Seven European truck makers pledge phaseout of internal combustion vehicles by 2040

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) says its Portland, Oregon, plant builds vehicles without releasing planet-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is the first in Daimler’s global manufacturing network to achieve carbon neutrality. 

DTNA is making an unspecified “significant investment” in the Portland facility as it prepares for series production in 2022 of the battery-powered Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors and Freightliner eM2 Class 6 medium-duty trucks.

“The commitment we have to CO₂-neutral vehicles starts with how they are produced. And we are on the path to achieving carbon-neutral production,” DTNA President and CEO Roger Nielsen said in a press release.  

“With our quickly growing portfolio of battery-electric vehicles and our transformative work in hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles that will be on the road within the decade, our future and our industry’s future is electric.”

DTNA plans to make its remaining truck manufacturing plants CO₂-neutral by 2025.

Portland partnership

The Portland plant, in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, has reduced its energy consumption by replacing equipment and upgrading facilities. Through membership in Portland General Electric’s Green Future Impact program, DTNA is committed to purchasing “green” energy from wind and solar power generation.  

DTNA and PGE recently announced an Electric Island project for charging of heavy-duty trucks on Swan Island near Daimler’s headquarters.

“Sustainability is not a new topic for Daimler Trucks North America or for those of us here in Oregon,” said Geoffrey Jansen, Portland truck manufacturing plant manager.

Daimler committed in October 2019 to be carbon neutral in all of its major markets by 2039.

European pledge

Separately, seven European truck makers including Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, Iveco and Ford pledge to phase out traditional combustion engines by 2040, according to the Financial Times. The companies plan to focus on battery and hydrogen technology and clean fuels.

The industry will spend roughly $60 billion to $120 billion on new technologies to reach the goal, Scania Chief Executive Henrik Henriksson told the FT.

The pledge, which advances the goal by 10 years, was signed by the chief executives of the companies. It also calls for investment in energy grids and a higher tax on carbon across Europe.

The European Union plans to reduce CO₂ emissions by 50% by the end of the decade.

Daimler and PGE creating Electric Island for truck charging

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Alan Adler

Alan Adler is a Detroit-based award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press and most recently as Detroit Bureau Chief for Trucks.com. He also spent two decades in domestic and international media relations and executive communications with General Motors.

One Comment

  1. Hydrogen vehicle with primary power coming from kinetic rear end drive system “power shaft” producing 480volts WITH A Secondary onboard charging system based around air cooled off the shelf 25 watt pem fuel cells scaling the power up to produce 480volts

    THE
    main power from the 2nd axel from wheels to axels to differential to drive shaft
    Powering in series dc magnet generators “POWER SHAFT”can be designed to charge the main batteries or power electric motors at the wheels directly only a matter of sequence of operation producing 480V

    The ” power shaft” is much like a windmill generator

    Instead the 2nd axel wheels turn the “power shaft” creating 480volts continous power

    TO
    ReduceDowntime self charging at work home or maintaining main battery when in traffic

    (4) 25 watt PEM FUEL CELLS will power the (4) 18V batteries which power the “dewalt drills” which turn the (4) 2NDARY DC magnet generator to produce 480V on board charging system

    There will need to be a transmission between the differential and “power shaft” to maintain max and minimum rpm of dc magnet generator

    This is not a problem with the Secondary onboard charging system the motors powered by the “dewalt drills” run at a constant rpm

    Driving At less than 12mph you will be on electric battery for 100miles until main battery hits 10 %. Then all (4) 2ndary DC MAGNET Generators will turn on w 480v onboard charging

    H2 in secondary system only uses enough H2 to charge ( 4) individual 18v batteries..

    Sequence of operation….

    1. The 18v batteries power “dewalt drills” and turn the 4 DC 120V DC MAGNET GENERATORS when main batteries hit 10%

    2. When the 18volt battery hits 10 % then the 25 WATT fuel cell is activated charging the 18volt battery while in operation or at rest

    3. When traveling faster the 12 miles per hour the 2ND wheel kinetic drive system “power shaft” provides all power for the system…
    Power can be sent to the electric motors at the front wheels or main batteries

    4. When you park the process plant keeps an eye on all levels and tops off using stored hydrogen and Secondary power system

    Point of use refueling is now possible for H2…

    We re gonna build this Heavy Duty Rig
    1. Front wheel electric motors at the wheels with drive and steer
    2. 2nd axel front forward power shaft from wheels to axels to differential to drive shaft known as “power shaft” turning DC magnet generators which will cross under the sleeper stops at back of cab firewall producing 480Volts
    3.The 3rd axel electric motors at the wheels
    4. True 4×4
    5. Secondary onboard charging system under the hood

    Regards
    Carl R Rushton
    Elaine System’s
    Founder
    28 Caroline St 1R
    Worcester Massachusetts
    01604
    857.800.1567
    RUSHTON.CARL1975@GMAIL.COM

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