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Anheuser-Busch to deploy electric trucks in California as part of  sustainability effort

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As part of the initial validation, Anheuser-Busch put the BYD 8TT through extensive testing on range, acceleration, gradeability, charging speed and more. (Courtesy: ANHEUSER-BUSCH)

LOS ANGELES — Anheuser-Busch, BYD (Build Your Dreams), the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and ENGIE Services U.S. (ENGIE) said Tuesday that Anheuser-Busch will be deploying 21 BYD battery electric trucks in their California fleet as part of a state project to showcase economically and environmentally sustainable warehousing and distribution technology. This is a landmark achievement as the largest Class 8 electric truck deployment in North America.

‘The Zero Emission Beverage Handling and Distribution at Scale’ project will showcase BYD’s second generation 8TT Class 8 electric trucks at four Anheuser-Busch distribution facilities across southern California: Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona and Carson.

As part of the project, a southern California-based team from ENGIE will lead the design and installation of charging infrastructure at all four facilities. ENGIE will also be installing and commissioning a 958.5 kW solar array at the Carson site, which will generate zero-emissions power to offset the use of conventional energy in the charging process, further reducing emissions and resource consumption.

“At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to leading our industry toward a more sustainable future by reducing our carbon emissions across our value chain by 25% by 2025,” said Angie Slaughter, vice president of sustainability procurement at Anheuser-Busch. “The transport industry is one that is prime for innovative solutions and we are excited to continue driving progress towards a zero-emission fleet through this partnership.”

To facilitate the project, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded funds to the CTE, a nonprofit in the zero-emission vehicle industry, who will be responsible for project oversight, development, management and reporting during this deployment. CTE will also provide technical support, risk analysis and mitigation strategies, permitting, equipment and station deployment, training and assistance with commissioning.

The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The project is expected to result in emissions reductions of 910 metric tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking almost 200 passenger vehicles off of the road. CARB anticipates the project will be replicated statewide.

“With this exciting project, Anheuser-Busch is providing a real-world demonstration of the future for moving goods and products throughout California,” said Richard Corey, executive officer at CARB. “I congratulate all the companies partnering on this impressive effort for embracing zero-emission trucks, and showing other businesses a zero-emissions solution to moving goods and cargo that cleans the air, protects our children’s health, and fights climate change.”

“This project represents a huge step forward in integrating clean energy and clean transportation to realize the full environmental benefits of battery electric vehicles,” said Joel Donham, an Engineering Consultant at CTE. “CTE commends ARB, the CCI program, and all the project partners for their leadership in an effort to demonstrate the viability, benefits, and scalability of holistic energy and transportation systems.”

As part of the initial validation, Anheuser-Busch put the BYD 8TT through extensive testing on range, acceleration, gradeability, charging speed and more. The truck exceeded the requirements of Anheuser-Busch and received enthusiastic feedback from drivers, clearing the path to this large-scale deployment.

“We’re honored to be part of this major milestone demonstrating the operational, economic, and environmental sustainability benefits of our zero-emission trucks,” said John Gerra, BYD director of business development, electric trucks. “BYD trucks are out there right now working hard every day throughout California.”

The project includes equipment testing, a one-year demonstration period, data collection, and associated reporting. CTE anticipates the trucks to begin operation near the end of 2019 with full project completion in early 2021.

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Yokohama says latest regional-haul trailer tire ready for duty

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The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear. (Courtesy: YOKOHAMA TIRE CORP.)

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire’s latest regional-haul trailer tire, the 114R Ultra Wide-Base (UWB), is ready for duty.

The SmartWay-verified 114R – the successor to RY407 – is available now in size 445/50R22.5. An additional size – 455/50/22.5 – will be offered in the first quarter of 2020.

“The 114R UWB is specifically designed to meet the demands of high-scrub operations,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “It features superior cut and chip resistance, extended tread life and is optimized for fuel efficiency.”

Other benefits of the 114R as listed by Clauer include:

  • Long-lasting performance: The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear.
  • Durable construction: Yokohama’s advanced compound offers cut and chip resistance without sacrificing rolling resistance or wear performance. Plus, funnel-shaped step grooves prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the grooves, where casing damage can often occur.
  • Outstanding fuel-efficiency: Ground contact pressure is uniformly distributed, which results in greater stability, flawless tracking and improved fuel efficiency.

For more details on the 114R and all of Yokohama’s commercial tires, visit www.yokohamatruck.com.

 

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‘Tis The Season!

Do you deck out your ride for the holidays?  If so, please send us a picture or video to rigoftheweek@thetrucker.com

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Advantage PressurePro releases Fleet TPMS consumer app

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Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage. (Courtesy: PRESSUREPRO

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Advantage PressurePro Thursday released its Fleet TPMS app.

Leveraging PressurePro’s FX technology, and building upon its previously released and feature-rich consumer app, the launch of Fleet TPMS empowers fleet users to deliver real time tire performance monitoring for drivers and haulers of many types direct to existing smart devices, according to Edward Lutski, PressurePro’s director of technology.

Additionally, the launch of Fleet TPMS also enables a critical link for fleets to PressurePro’s Connect tire management platform, unleashing unmatched visibility and control of your tire management practices, he said.

Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage, enabling complete customization and easy toggling between multiple trailers/units. Further, a rolling performance history log enables users to gain immediate access to recent tire performance data.

“While a powerful monitoring tool on its own, Fleet TPMS becomes even stronger when used as a link to provide data flow through our comprehensive software platform Connect,” Lutsko said. “When combined, customers unlock advanced monitoring tools to gain detailed and actionable tire performance insights across their entire fleet, giving them unmatched control of their tire management practices.”

When paired with PressurePro Connect, users also unlock email alerting capabilities, exportable tire performance history, automated tire performance trend analysis, and an easy to use dashboard that features prioritized data and actionable items, Lutsko said.

“As we have for the last 28 years, PressurePro continues to push the innovation of our market to provide maximized safety and savings for to every road our customers travel,” said Jason Zaroor, PressurePro’s president and CEO. “With the release of Fleet TPMS, and especially when paired with our Connect platform, we’re now able to provide a cost effective solution that provides complete visibility of ever tire in your fleet; in-cab to drivers, in the field to managers or to your office for controllers.”

Learn more about their full line of stand-alone and integrated TPMS options at www.pressurepro.us.  8

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