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22 The Journal of Commerce | August 2018 2018 JOC Guide to Trucking Group will "define the strategy for electric components or complete electric vehicles, and develop a standardized, worldwide electric architecture" for those vehicles, the company said in a statement. In the United States, DTNA launched an Electric Vehicle Council to prepare customers to evaluate and integrate electric vehicles into their operations. Technical findings from the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet and the Penske and NFI fleets will be shared with customers, and the council will gather feedback as the OEM moves toward commercial- ization of electric trucks. "The DTNA approach to bring commercial electric vehicles to mar- ket is holistic," said Richard Howard, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Freightliner Trucks. Even so, electric trucks still have a long road ahead of them, despite a groundswell of interest from potential owners, said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procure- ment and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing. "The infrastructure, that's going to take several years to develop, no doubt," he said. "Truck stops and other places will have to think about altering locations." l email: twitter: @willbcassidy the medium-duty trucks through their paces for six months, test- ing durability, battery capacity, and engineering. The purchase of additional electric vehicles will depend on the success of the tests. "We're excited about working with a forward-thinking company like UPS, particularly as our first collabora- tion," said Semler, Thor Trucks CEO. Starting later this year, logistics company NFI will use 10 eCascadias, electric versions of Freightliner's heavy-duty Cascadia Class 8 tractor, to handle container drayage between the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and Southern California's Inland Empire. Penske will put 10 eCascadias and 10 medium-duty eM2 106 electric tractors to use with its customers. While startups Tesla and Nikola Motor have garnered widespread media attention with electric and hybrid electric-hydrogen vehicles, Daimler and other original equip- ment manufacturers have been plugging away at design and develop- ment of commercial electric trucks, as demand grows for alternatives to diesel. DTNA unveiled the eCascadia and eM2 106 trucks June 6. At the same time, the German manufacturer established an E-Mo- bility Group across its operations and brands in North America, Europe, and Japan. The E-Mobility is part of the equation, but right now it's a combination for sure." UPS already operates more than 300 electric trucks in Europe and the United States, and an additional 700 hybrid EVs. Altogether, UPS has more than 9,000 alternative fuel vehicles in its "rolling laboratory," out of a fleet of more than 100,000 vehicles. In addition to 125 Tesla Semi electric tractors, UPS ordered 50 electric delivery trucks from Workhorse Group this year. In June, UPS invested $130 mil- lion to buy more than 700 new com- pressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and related technology, building on $190 million in CNG investments over the previous two years. Partner- ship by partnership, UPS is getting closer to its goal of having one in four vehicles purchased be either an alternative fuel or advanced technol- ogy vehicle by 2020. Los Angeles-based Thor Trucks has been testing a heavy-duty Class 8 electric tractor, the ET-ONE, with a 300-mile battery range. The company focuses on battery design and plans to build its Class 8 tractors through partnerships with existing truck component suppliers. Thor Trucks has built two Class 6 delivery trucks for UPS and will test them this year in Los Angeles. UPS and Thor Trucks will put UPS will test two Thor electric Class 6 delivery trucks in Los Angeles this year. UPS

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