ACT Research: New OEM Alt Power Offerings and EPA-DOE Grant Activity Show Development Progress

Posted on 08. Jun, 2018 by in Alternative Fuels, Engines, Natural Gas, Press Releases

The news media has been active presenting new, electric vehicle product offerings for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles (CVs) and buses. These headlines could easily lead one to believe the industry is on the verge of going electric, but timing, application, use/applicability and costs are currently big question marks. There is much development activity going on in the world of alternative fuels such as diesel and natural gas (NG). The latest NA On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates highlights this alt fuel activity for CV GVWs 4-8, including five-year forecasts of engines volumes and product trends. The Engine Outlook ties to the detailed NA CV vehicle forecasts published monthly by ACT in the NA OUTLOOK.


Some of the product pronouncements the past three months include the following:

  • Freightliner debuted new CNG HD truck models.
  • Peterbilt announced plans for a Class 8 truck powered by Achates Power.
  • Ricardo reported its search for investors for tis CryoPower technology.
  • Daimler announced it will commence testing of its Class 8 eActros.
  • Efficient Drivetrains was chosen for a US DOE bus electrification project.
  • Volvo announced plans to accelerate the launch of two CEV trucks.
  • Nikola garnered several headlines with its receipt of an order for 800 fuel cell electric trucks.


One of the discussions in the Engine Outlook report is the changing regulatory environment. Tom Rhein, President of Rhein Associates commented, “This changing regulatory feature makes it more difficult and expensive to plan effectively.” Rhein noted, “In addition to regulatory incentive programs, we’re paying close attention to EPA regulations as well as those in California.” He explained, “According to our research, there are now more than 20 manufacturers offering more than 50 electric drive models in the US alone. This isn’t just to provide customers new options, it is to provide customers options needed to meet air quality regulations in the areas they serve.”


Further, Ken Vieth, General Manager of ACT Research, noted, “It isn’t only US markets where change is occurring. Mexico is implementing new emission standards for heavy duty engines and the EU Commission released a new proposal to reduce CO2 emissions for HD vehicles.” This coincides with increasing deployment of alt fuel vehicles recognizing that diesel power is under attack for long-term use.


Rhein Associates is a major supplier of powertrain information to worldwide clients enabling accurate and informed business decisions and marketing plans. RAI produces 3 major publications: The Rhein Report (leading monthly newsletter), The Future of Diesel Engines (5-year history and forecast book), and various engine databases.


ACT is the worldwide leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, plus the banking and investment communities.