2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo
Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.
Update 11/27/2018: The Volkswagen I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept is making it’s auto show debut here in Los Angeles, so we’ve finally got a real good look at it. Check out our review below to see all the new pictures.
After DHL, FedEx Adopts Electrification For Its Fleet Of Trucks
Electrified cargo vehicle can help much more than electric cars when it comes to conserving nature. A couple of months back, DHL and Ford joined hands to develop electric trucks that the former would be using its delivery fleet. This time, it is FedEx and Chanje doing the same thing by introducing electric vans.
Waymo All Set To Launch Self-Driving Taxi Service Next Month
Waymo is on the verge of becoming the world’s first commercial self-driving taxi service. According to Bloomberg, Google’s autonomous driving division Waymo will launch the world’s first autonomous taxi service early this December. Waymo will launch this service under a new brand name that is yet to be disclosed.
Semi Driver Smacks Two Overpasses, Loses Cargo on the Highway
One of the most important things to pay attention to when you drive a semi truck is where you can and, more importantly, where you cannot fit your truck. This video shows a best-case scenario of what can happen when the driver is oblivious to all of that and splatters his load on the road.
Picture yourself driving at night, during a rather sizeable storm, when the trucker ahead of you drives below an overpass that’s clearly not tall enough to clear his load. Would the sparks flying off the truck placed on the truck’s bed keep you on your toes? What if the trucker kept at it, ignoring the shower of sparks in his mirror and hit the edge of the next overpass as well? Seems like the script of B movie? Well, real life is the source for this wacky footage..
The Nikola Tre Is a Europe-Bound Semi Powered by Hydrogen
Nikola was founded in early 2016 and announced plans to make a production version of the big rig concept they showed at the time, one which they planned to make and sell for North America. Two years later and the company has come out with this futuristic looking concept for a truck destined to exclusively operate in Europe, although it uses the same hydrogen-electric setup as the original concept.
Chevy Unveils Pair of Special Edition Colorados for the Dirt and the Street
The second-generation Chevrolet Colorado is one of America’s most popular pickups. To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the current-generation model, Chevy’s rolling out a pair of special edition Colorado models, specifically the Colorado RST and the Colorado Z71 Trail Runner. The two special edition pickups cater to off-road specialists and street cruisers, respectively. They also join a growing slate of Colorado models that have been released in the past few years, including the Z71, ZR2, and the muscular ZR2 Bison. Both the Colorado RST and the Colorado Z71 Trail Runner will go on sale in 2019.
New Electric Pickup Truck from Atlis Motor Vehicles Will Take a Full Charge in 13 Minutes!
Atlis Motor Vehicles, an Arizona-based electric vehicle startup, has built a prototype battery pack that can be charged from 0 to 100-percent in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. Atlis believes that this prototype is scalable for its upcoming electric pickup truck. However, it must be noted that the prototype was only a 3 kWh pack.
Ford Begins Production of Electric StreetScooters for DHL
While companies like Tesla are still building prototypes, Ford has already begun full-fledged production of electric trucks. Ford has partnered with DHL for zero-emission vehicles and has come out with its first electric truck - the StreetScooter WORK XL. These trucks could change the whole short-range delivery industry!
2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept
Like pretty much every other major automaker out there, Infiniti is signaling a strong move towards electrification in the very near future, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the tech slated for 2021 and onward. While some enthusiasts will undoubtedly cringe at the thought of yet more battery-powered vehicles plying the roads, Infiniti is proving that such a fate is anything but boring, especially when it comes infused with technology plucked from the high-speed world of Formula 1 racing. Which brings us to the latest Project Black S concept, which recently made its big debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Offered as an evolution of the previous Infiniti Project Black S that dropped at the Geneva Auto Show a few years back, this latest creation is based on the utterly fantastic Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe, and provides both aesthetic and technical details on how Infiniti plans to implement hybrid technology to spark the interest of speed lovers everywhere.
Continue reading to lean more about the 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept.
5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads
We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight
Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.
Ford Launches The First Ever Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV
We all have drooled over Lamborghinis, Bugattis, and other exotic cars in uniform. The loud grunts from powerful combustion engines when throttled, and the silencers roaring their lungs out in a high-speed drama; but have you thought of a Hybrid police car doing those extreme pursuits? Well, Ford recently revealed the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, which is the first pursuit-rated Hybrid SUV ever. It aims to offer improved performance and lower fuel costs thanks to its hybrid setup.
Volvo Cars and Trucks Will Gossip About Road Hazards
Volvo is rolling out a new cloud-based service called “Connected Safety” that will let Volvo cars and trucks talk with one another to alert each other of hazardous traffic situations. Connected Safety will roll out this year in Sweden and Norway and builds upon the cloud service already available to Volvo cars that are connected to the cloud. That system allows 2016 and new Volvos to alert other connected Volvos when cars around them have their hazard lights switched on. When Volvo turns on this feature for its big trucks, it will allow the system cover a wider area, identify more hazards, and (assumingly, of course) improve overall safety traffic.
Volvo could eventually expand the system to include other safety-enhancing functions like warning of slippery roads, various road hazards, accidents, slower traffic, etc. It’s even possible that other automakers could opt into the service, allowing even a larger area and more vehicles to make use of the service. Of course, Volvo isn’t the only automaker that has made strides in this department and, as connected infrastructure continues to develop, we’ll see more and more of this to the point that’s we may very well know what’s around every curve or corner before we ever get there.
Uber Beat Tesla to the Punch; Has Self-Driving Trucks Operating on the Highway
Adding worth to the adage “you can’t be the first in everything,” Tesla will have to take a backseat on who can claim to be the first company to roll out a fleet of self-driving trucks. That distinction rests on the shoulders of Uber, which announced that its self-driving haulers have been carrying cargo on the highways of Arizona for commercial freight customers over the past few months. While the trucks drive themselves on these highways, there are licensed operators that are still on board, ready to take over in the case of emergency. Eventually, though, Uber plans to use these self-driving trucks exclusively on long highway hauls and leaving human drivers to tackle shorter service trips.