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  • Nikola unveils details about its CNG-electric hybrid semi

    May 13, 2016. Utah firm Nikola has unveiled about the 'Nikola One', a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi, which is capable of pulling a total gross weight of 80,000 pounds and offering more than 1,200 miles between stops.

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    Tom Quimby for Hard Working Trucks July 10, 2020 - Hyliion's Thomas Healy says Hypertruck ERX to have 7L CNG engine

    Hyliion Founder and CEO Thomas Healy told Hard Working Trucks’ sister publication, Commercial Carrier Journal, that by using renewable natural gas, fleets can enjoy government incentives set aside for the carbon-negative fuel.

    When fueled with RNG, Hypertruck’s carbon intensity score actually runs below zero. The California Air Resources Board reported in 2018 that RNG’s carbon intensity score was as low as -303.30 while electric scored between +25 and +38.95. RNG production captures methane that otherwise would have entered the atmosphere where the EPA says the gas is 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

    Healy explained. “I was just on a call with a fleet that told us that they can actually source RNG for less money than they can actually source CNG. That has to go back to those emissions credits and savings and government incentives, which is kind of remarkable when you think about it. It’s like, ‘I can get a cleaner fuel. I can get it for less money.’ This is the perfect solution for fleets.”

    Hyliion states that its powertrain “produces electricity at roughly 30% less than the average grid cost, which yields a seven-year cost-of-ownership unmatched by any diesel, battery-electric (BEV) or hydrogen fuel-cell (FCEV) Class 8 truck under development.”

    When fueled with RNG, Hyliion believes the truck’s lower operational costs, its 1,300-mile range, established natural gas infrastructure and government incentives brought on by its negative carbon footprint will convince enough fleets to step up to the truck’s estimated $220,000 price tag.

    Though he would not reveal the name of the manufacturer behind the natural gas engine currently powering the Hypertruck ERX prototype, Healy did say “We’re running about a 7.0-liter type size engine. That’s what we found is able to produce enough electricity to drive the Dana electric motor and keep the batteries topped off.” Thanks to the truck’s onboard generator, the Toshiba lithium-titanate battery pack size can be trimmed down to roughly one-tenth the size of a pack required for an electric truck that is powered exclusively by batteries.

    Regardless of the generator used, “we’ve got more horsepower and torque than a conventional diesel truck,” Healy contends. “It’s really enjoyable to drive.”

    The powertrain is currently being tested in a Freightliner Cascadia day cab. Initial Hypertruck ERX fleet demonstration vehicles have been allocated to customers for delivery in 2021, with series shipments scheduled for 2022.

    https://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/hy...on-to-nat-gas/
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      Hyliion was mentioned in this 2016 article. The product was to have been a complete tandem with axles, brakes and suspension that would replace a trailer’s existing tandem.

      Dana was to have provided a 300-hp Remy motor-generator that would transmit energy to a battery pack that nestled between the rails of the slider box. When power was needed, electricity would be sent to the motor, and it would propel the trailer through the axle diff and shafts to the wheels. The hybrid-electric tandem weighed 400 to 500 pounds more than a standard tandem, but much of that was offset by changing from dual wheels to wide-base singles:

      https://www.truckinginfo.com/134143/...eing-developed
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        26 June 2020 Biomethane - Hyliion launches Hypertruck

        Agility has confirmed a pre-order of up to 1,000 trucks.

        With CNG available at more than 700 public stations across the US, Hypertruck uses a fully electric drivetrain and a CNG-powered onboard generator to recharge the battery, the Hypertruck ERX will provide more than 1,000 miles of range. It has a seven-year cost-of-ownership unmatched by any diesel, battery-electric (BEV) or hydrogen fuel-cell (FCEV) Class 8 truck under development.

        The truck is the only electric Class 8 vehicle that can achieve a net-negative greenhouse gas emissions footprint by using RNG.

        Continuing Hyliion’s long-standing partner relationship with Dana Incorporated, the Hypertruck ERX will feature Dana’s electric motor, inverter and axle technologies, and Dana plans to provide its state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to support Hyliion in achieving full volume production of its powertrain systems.

        https://www.greencarcongress.com/202...6-hyliion.html
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        • #5
          HYLIIONS NG Hybrid Semi Truck "Hypertruck ERX" Ride test remarks at 13 min:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws2UyviL2Ec


          CNG power at 8:40 min and AGILITY buy at 10 min

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo5Vrj28fmY
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            Alan Adler for Freightways Oct 8, 2020 - Hyliion's heavy-duty hybrid trucks use CNG to generate electricity

            Dana Inc. says it is in for the long haul as a technology partner and investor in Hyliion Holdings Corp., the maker of diesel-electric hybrid systems for Class 8 trucks.

            The lower horsepower and torque of their first-generation CNG trucks prevented Wegman’s from pulling tandem trailers. Hyliion retrofitted one of Wegman’s newer CNG trucks with a Dana e-axle. The Volvo tractor now routinely pulls two trailers.

            Hyliion’s first 20 hybrid trucks are now in customer possession. The Wegmans experience is a precursor to the HyperTruck ERX.

            Hyliion will use lithium-titanate (LTO) based chemistry from Toshiba for the HyperTruck ERX batteries. LTO batteries charge faster than more commonly used lithium-ion batteries. But they are less energy-dense. Hyliion accepts that trade-off because a single LTO battery might last the life of the truck.

            https://www.freightwaves.com/news/hy...naging-its-use

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              Tom Quimby for Commercial Carrier Journal July 10, 2020 - Hyliion’s Hypertruck uses RNG to create electric power

              When fueled with RNG, Hypertruck’s carbon intensity score actually runs below zero. The California Air Resources Board reported in 2018 that RNG’s carbon intensity score was as low as -303.30 (based on an adjusted estimated energy efficiency ratio) while electric scored between +25 and +38.95. The reason? RNG is produced by capturing methane, a gas that CARB considers to be much more hazardous to the ozone layer than other gases such as CO2 and NOx.

              Healy explained. “Actually, I was just on a call with a fleet that told us, as weird as this sounds, that they can actually source RNG for less money than they can actually source CNG. That has to go back to those emissions credits and savings and government incentives, which is kind of remarkable when you think about it. It’s like, ‘I can get a cleaner fuel. I can get it for less money.’ This is the perfect solution for fleets.”

              Hyliion Founder and CEO Thomas Healy said government incentives, coupled with the lower fuel costs, will help fleets step up to the truck’s $220,000 price tag. Hyliion, which has been in talks with several OEMs, will focus on supplying truck manufacturers with high volume sleeper and day cab models.

              Lower maintenance comes courtesy of the truck’s electric powertrain, which includes regenerative braking. “It will definitely reduce the brake wear and tear,” Healy said. “Overall, we expect it to have less maintenance than a diesel. That’s just one of the big benefits of an electric powertrain. There are less moving parts. You don’t have a transmission anymore."

              https://www.ccjdigital.com/hyliion-e...lectric-power/
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              • #8
                Michael Bates for NGTNews Oct 28, 2020 - Long-Haul Fleet Rolling Out Hybrid CNG Trucks

                Hyliion Inc. says it has equipped Canada-based for-hire carrier C.A.T. Transport’s fleet with five of its Class 8 hybrid CNG systems.

                Hyliion’s hybrid system adds up to 120 hp through an electric axle, increasing the available horsepower of a conventional CNG truck by 30 percent. The electric axle provides additional power to achieve diesel-like performance while still benefiting from a cleaner and cheaper fuel.

                “If things are going well, the goal would be to equip the 100 or so trucks in the fleet,” remarks Daniel Goyette, president of C.A.T. “It all depends on the results that the product will give.”

                https://ngtnews.com/long-haul-fleet-...rid-cng-trucks
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                • #9
                  Rohail Saleem for wccftech.com - Hyliion (HYLN) Wins an Order of 250 Hypertruck ERX's

                  Hyliion has finalized its first major deal today by securing a sales agreement with American Natural Gas (ANG) that entails a pre-order of 250 Hypertruck ERX vehicles.
                  https://ngtnews.com/hyliion-ang-ente...ship-agreement

                  https://wccftech.com/hyliion-wins-an...n-natural-gas/
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