Tag: vehicles

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

CAC claims majority of Mahindra vehicles under PNP still running healthy

Majority of the Mahindra units  procured by the Philippine National Police (PNP) are said to be in good condition. This was based on the report submitted by the Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC).

CAC said that around majority of the 2,045 vehicles—composed of Enforcer Patrol Jeeps and the Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles (LTV)—have undergone continuous aftersales program.

From October 22, 2018 up to February 29 this year, Mahindra conducted a regular Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) and free inspection on 1,645 units that were under the PNP and were serviced for freesaving more than P10 million worth of parts and services in the campaign.

Further, CAC gave Goodwill Warranty for the 474 units that were already out of coverage—meaning a unit has been accorded with the same service as those under the rated period. Such move gave an additional savings of above P12.6 million.

The initiative was made possible as Mahindra has a P30-million spare parts stock to replace worn out parts of the PNP units.

Moreover, Mahindra CAC has dedicated a service group of Service Engineers that would monitor the areas where Mahindra units were stationed. These engineers are deployed in the four parts depot strategically-located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. An additional four Mobile Service Vehicles were built to conduct regular site visits.

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Furthermore, Mahindra claimed that such move was done to ensure that the vehicles assigned to the police force will be running and functioning properly when needed.

“We even conducted regular training exercises with the handlers and managers of these Mahindra units covering the subjects of proper operation, maintenance and basic trouble shooting of the units so the drivers and users of the patrol jeeps and LTV’s are familiar with their Mahindra service vehicles,” Mahindra After-Sales Director Antonio Mallari Jr. said.  

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Amazon Ramps Up Delivery Business With Rivian Electric Vehicles To Reach Climate Goals

As Amazon (AMZN) continues the expansion of its delivery fleet, the online retailer has revealed its electric delivery van developed in partnership with Rivian.

The all-electric vans have begun to arrive just a year after Amazon made a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. The company has plans to take delivery of 100,000 electric vans from Rivian by 2030, with 10,000 expected to be on the roads by 2022.

The Rivian vans were developed to “enhance the driver experience and optimize safety” with a customized configuration that comes in three different models. The vans feature sensor detection, highway and traffic assist features, larger windshield, exterior cameras with digital display, Alexa integration, stronger door design, interior “dancefloor” for added space, multiple tail lights, and three levels of shelving to store packages.

“When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle,” Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products, said in a statement.

“We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home. We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here–the future of last mile delivery,” he added.

The deal with Rivian for the electric vans followed an investment by Amazon into the electric truck maker. Rivian, which also received investments from Ford, Cox Automotive, and T.Rowe Price Associates, is set to release the R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV in 2021.

“The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric,” RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO, said in a statement. “We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery. We thought through

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Drone truck startup Einride unveils new driverless vehicles for autonomous freight hauling

Einride, the Swedish autonomous trucking startup, unveiled a new vehicle type that the company hopes to have on the road delivering freight starting in 2021. The vehicles, dubbed Autonomous Electric Transport (AET), came in four different variations. And much like Einride’s previous prototypes, they come without steering wheels, pedals, windshields, and, in general, no cab at all.

Einride has been in the business of releasing interesting, eye-catching prototype vehicles since it was founded in 2016. There was the cab-less T-Pod, released in 2017, four of which are operating on public roads hauling freight for Oatly, the Swedish food producer. A year later, the company unveiled the T-Log, built to be more powerful than its predecessor for the job of (you guessed it) hauling tons of giant tree logs. Now it has a next-generation vehicle that it hopes it can put into production.

Einride’s also been engaged with the less glamorous part of the job, which is testing, validating, and seeking regulatory approval for its vehicles, all of which are electric and can be controlled remotely by a human operator, in addition to operating autonomously without human intervention. The company has yet to reveal its plans for production and manufacturing.

Design-wise, the AET vehicles look almost identical to Einride’s Pod (previously T-Pod) prototype: sleek, white, cab-less pods with smooth lines and an otherworldly feel. Einride CEO Robert Falck said the AET is more aerodynamic than previous iterations, which will help when the company starts to scale up its manufacturing. “When you nail a design the first time, why reinvent the wheel?” Falck said.

The new AET vehicles come in four levels. The first two — AET 1 and AET 2 — have top speeds of 30 km/h (18 mph), weigh 26 tons, have payloads of 16 tons, and a battery range

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

California’s mandate to sell only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035 isn’t as crazy as critics think

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newson leaned over the hood of a Ford Mustang Mach-E and signed an executive order saying that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state must be emission-free by 2035.



a toaster oven sitting on top of a car: A detail view is seen of an Hyundai Kona Electric Highlander ahead of the Electric Vehicle Show 2019 at Sydney Olympic Park on October 25, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Electric vehicles are being bought in greater numbers in Australia, with 2017 seeing a 67% increase in sales from the previous year. The largest EV test ride event will be open to public on October 26 and 27th. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


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A detail view is seen of an Hyundai Kona Electric Highlander ahead of the Electric Vehicle Show 2019 at Sydney Olympic Park on October 25, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Electric vehicles are being bought in greater numbers in Australia, with 2017 seeing a 67% increase in sales from the previous year. The largest EV test ride event will be open to public on October 26 and 27th. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The new mandate doesn’t necessarily mean that California car dealers would, literally, sell nothing but fully electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles 15 years from now, several experts say.

That is the goal, though. And it’s not entirely out of the question, said Nick Albanese, a researcher with Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

“I think California’s target is ambitious, but feasible,” he wrote in an email. “Even before this announcement, we forecast passenger EVs to account for 52% of total US passenger vehicle sales in 2035 and 61% in 2040.”

Of course, there are many hurdles to overcome on the road to an emission-free auto market, including a widely available charging infrastructure, affordability, and lots of legal fine points.

With 15 years until the mandate goes into effect, there’s plenty of time for negotiation, and we will likely see Newsom’s goal softened or the deadline extended, said Chelsea Sexton, an analyst who covers the electric vehicle market.

“It will take a few years, literally, for this headline to be clarified,” she said.

Can California legally do this?

The federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency has already publicly challenged Newsom on