Zero Emission Gasoline Cell Vehicles To Haul Mail For US Postal Service


Nikola Motor appears to haven’t gotten the memo in regards to the demise of gas cell electrical autos. Nikola has simply nailed down an order for 50 Class 8 gas cell vehicles from the Los Angeles agency AJR Trucking. Within the massive world of trucking, 50 vehicles isn’t a very spectacular determine. Nevertheless, the information is critical as a result of offers Nikola a giant bump-up for its footprint within the US, and since AJR occurs to be a longtime service for the US Postal Service, which is underneath strain to affect.

50 Nikola Class 8 Gasoline Cell Vehicles Are Heading This Approach

CleanTechnica’s Tim Tyler lined the information earlier this week right here, when Tom’s Truck Middle of California introduced that it has put down a 50-truck order from Nikola for its two dealerships. To place that quantity in perspective, on March twenty ninth, Nikola introduced that it lastly reached the 100-unit milestone for complete gross sales of its Tre gas cell vehicles within the US, which it first teased all the way in which again through the Obama administration.

Nikola has weathered a collection of suits and begins since launching its zero emission journey in 2014 (see our full protection). The corporate has had considerably higher luck cracking the gas cell truck market in Europe, one current instance being a 100-truck dedication from the built-in vitality agency GP Joule.

What About The Gasoline For These Gasoline Cell Vehicles?

If you wish to purchase a few of Nikola’s Class 8 gas cell vehicles from Tom’s Truck Middle, get in line. It seems that the main US transport firm AJR Trucking has already staked a declare to all 50 vehicles.

In a press launch dated Might 2, Nikola re-announced the information from AJR Trucking, which issued a press launch of its personal on Might 1. AJR took observe of the copious tax incentives offered to zero emission Class 8 truck consumers in California.

With an help from Nikola and Tom’s, AJR expects to obtain $270,000 per truck from California’s point-of-sale incentives, and one other $40,000 per truck in federal tax credit from the federal Inflation Discount Act.

If you happen to’re questioning the place AJR expects to gas up its new gas cell vehicles, that’s an excellent query. Gasoline cells run on hydrogen, and hydrogen fueling stations are few and much between right here within the US.

The answer cooked up by Nikola is a fleet of cellular hydrogen fueling stations, with which AJR expects to have interaction.

For the document, the worldwide hydrogen market of in the present day is sort of solely depending on hydrogen extracted from pure fuel, and coal to a lesser extent.

On a brighter observe, the price of inexperienced hydrogen from water and different renewable sources is starting to come back down (our full protection is right here). Nikola has been leaping on a lot of alternatives within the inexperienced hydrogen subject, together with partnerships with Plug Energy, Fortescue Future Industries, and the Canadian firm Klean Industries.

Extra Different Gasoline Automobiles For The US Postal Service

AJR already has a plan for these new gas cell vehicles. The plan is to deploy the brand new vehicles for the US Postal Service, as the subsequent step in a 30-year mail hauling relationship between the company and AJR.

“We look ahead to working with Nikola and USPS to combine the FCEVs into our mail hauling operations beginning in Southern Calif. and envision increasing the usage of these vehicles all through our operations nationwide,” mentioned Jack Khudikyan, who’s the proprietor of AJR.

“AJR Trucking has been performing mail hauling operations for USPS for over 30 years and prides itself on being a pacesetter within the deployment of the most recent truck know-how and supporting the development of alternatively fueled autos into its fleets,” the corporate added.

AJR additionally notes that it was among the many first to introduce compressed pure fuel to the US Postal Service fleet. The corporate is at the moment sourcing its fuel from renewable feedstocks by means of a partnership with the choice fuels firm U.S. Achieve, a subsidiary of the diversified agency U.S. Enterprise.

Final 12 months, AJR upped the ante on sustainable transportation by ordering a complete of 25 medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles from the US agency Kenworth. Khudikyan’s different firm, MBD Transportation, additionally piggybacked on the order.

US Postal Service Awakens From Zero Emission Slumber

As for the US Postal Service, the company lastly appears to be revving up its fleet electrification plans. The present Postmaster Basic, Louis DeJoy, was put ahead for appointment through the Trump administration. He introduced preliminary plans for overhauling the Postal Service’s ageing fleet of 165,000 normal supply vehicles quickly after President Biden took workplace in 2021, underneath a contract with Oshkosh Protection. Nevertheless, the contract stipulated a flooring of simply 10% battery-electric autos.

After some vigorous prodding, final December the Postal Service introduced that its first tranche of 60,000 new supply autos is anticipated to incorporate 75% electrical autos, with the assistance of off-the-shelf items in addition to vehicles equipped by Oshkosh. That also leaves the company with 1000’s of recent gas-powered autos, although Oshkosh has said that its bespoke US Postal Service vehicles are designed to accommodate both electrical drive or inner combustion engines, and they are often transformed from fuel to electrical as wanted.

Extra Gasoline Cell Vehicles For USPS, Possibly

Additionally left dangling is the query of learn how to transition the Postal Service’s lengthy haul fleet to zero emission mobility. The reply seems to lie partly with Postal Service haulers like AJR Trucking.

AJR describes itself as among the many ten largest Postal Service haulers, so it’s doable that different trucking corporations are eyeballing AJR’s expertise with gas cell vehicles earlier than they make the leap.

Primarily based on income, the transport information group Transport Subjects at the moment lists FedEx and UPS among the many high three mail carriers, together with a lesser-known firm known as 10 Roads Categorical.

Again in 2015, FedEx emerged as an early adopter of gas cell motive energy for assist tools. The corporate additionally engaged in an Vitality Division program geared toward demonstrating gas cells as vary extenders for battery-electric vehicles. Nevertheless, the corporate appears to have hit a wall with its first gas cell truck, a supply van acquired in 2018 from the struggling agency Workhorse Group.

UPS additionally appears to have run out of gas cell steam, at the very least for the current. In 2018 the corporate partnered with Ballard to introduce 4 hybrid electrical gas cell supply vans to California, with an help from the California Air Sources Board. One other stage within the mission popped up in 2021, when the corporations Linamar Company and Roush CleanTech joined Ballard, however since then it’s been cricket chirps.

CleanTechnica is reaching out to each corporations for an replace, so keep tuned for extra on that.

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Picture: New gas cell vehicles will haul mail for the US Postal Service (courtesy of AJR Trucking).


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