Green Fleet Roundup: Renault, BMW, Nissan Leaf
Logistics specialist STEF is testing an experimental 16 metric ton all-electric vehicle (pictured) under actual operating conditions for Carrefour France. The all-electric truck was developed by Renault Trucks and is based on a Midlum vehicle chassis in partnership with PVI and IFP Energies nouvelles. The truck has covered 16,000 kilometers (9,941 miles) and has delivered 600 tons of goods, Renault says. The vehicle produces 86 percent fewer emissions compared to an equivalent truck equipped with an internal combustion engine, the company says.
Sales of the Nissan Leaf increased 12 percent in March compared to the same month last year, surpassing all other electric cars, reported Green Car Reports. Nissan sold 2,507 Leafs in March, bringing its three-month total to 5,184. In all, about 9,000 electric cars were sold in the US in March, a 30 percent increase from the previous month.
Bosch Engineering has designed a new fuel cell control unit, FCCU, for off-highway applications such as baggage towing tractors and other vehicles used at airports. The new fuel cell, which produces zero emissions, was introduced this week at the MobiliTec specialist trade show in Hanover, Germany. Software has been developed for controlling fuel cell systems and features integrated hydrogen, air and coolant control.
BMW will unveil the 2015 BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle, which includes the X3 xDrive28d, the first advanced diesel X3 model for the US at the 2014 New York International Auto Show scheduled for later this month. Other models at the show include the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, which is able to drive on electric power alone at speeds of up to 75 mph for 20 miles, while recording fuel efficiency figures of about 62 miles per gallon in the latest EU test cycle, the company says.
Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the US, purchased 98 alternative fuel school buses to lower its operating costs and reduce emissions. Each bus will run on autogas and will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fweer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime, the district says. The county expects a six-month return on investment for the additional costs of the alternative fuel business.
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