Fitting KERS on Trailers

In case you missed it, the topic of fitting KERS on trailers was one of the most interesting presentations at the ComVec Conference in Melbourne, organised by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia. Here is a similar presentation from earlier this year by the Adgero CEO, Mack Murray, in Amsterdam.   The KERS system concept was introduced in Formula One racing back in 2009:   The pioneer in Australia, first to introduce a hybrid...

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Tesla of Trucks?

Is this truck going to become the Tesla of Trucks? The Nikola One is to be launched in the US, on December 2, according to the designers. There will be a truck on the road sometime in 2019, reckons Nikola founder, TrevorMilton. Named for the famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, whose name is used by the electric car maker, Tesla, the truck is set to develop 2000 hp. The robotic narrator in this video does little to elaborate on...

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Hybrid trailer?

Two European technology startups, Skeleton Technologies and Adgero, claim to have developed the world’s first Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight vehicles. Using ultracapacitors and an intelligent management system, the hybrid system is reckoned to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 25 per cent.     The system consists of a bank of high-power ultracapacitors working alongside an...

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Scania get serious about electric trucks

A couple of projects being pursued by Scania are intending to drastically reduce fuel use by using electrical power to provide power to a truck on roads with overhead or underground power lines. The trucks are fitted with pantographs, similar to those used on trams or use wireless charging.   Scania and, German electrical giant, Siemens are running trials with electrically powered trucks using overhead power lines. The first...

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