Electrified Hydrogen Trucks for Owner Operators

 

In December 2016 the beginning of the fun times of the auto transport industry, the Startup Nikola unveiled its hydrogen-electric truck in a very inspirational way which gives more positive insights into the entire auto transport industry.

The shift of the auto transport industry is going disrupted massively with this new technology and infrastructure implemented, so please don’t miss the opportunity to learn more here.

First and foremost, this a detailed blog post with some sneak peaks into some trucks.

So let’s start off by mentioning that 2 auto transport products are going to be released specifically one off road UTV truck which has been named Nikola Zero and the Electrified-Hydrogen Truck Nikola One, Nikola Two.

Battery

The battery pack has an amazing density energy with their innovation and technology which 2 packages from 72kW (200miles) and 107kW(300miles) and guess what? The vehicle is completely silent.

Agreement Ryder Systems Inc

Ryder Systems Inc are going to be servicing, warranting, selling and helping Nikola in 800 locations all across US, Canada and Mexico. Thanks to that agreement they already have pre-ordered approximately 4 billion $.

Fill-in of the trucks

The answer for fill-in of the trucks is building the infrastructure by Nikola, so their solution is integration & control of  production, transport, distribution, storage, selling, prices.

On site conversion through hydrolysis from solar energy, with on site storage. The next step will be transporting the hydrogen from the onsite to the station.

The initial plan is to build 364 hydrogen stations with constructions beginning in 2018, stations being already opened 2019.

How are they going to build the trucks?

They have an investor – Fitzgerald, actually, an immediate assembly line – not a massive facility but they tested the building of the truck now.

And then after trying to build the entire 5000 trucks from Fitzgerald, Nikola has  an investment plan of building an manufacturing plant (still there is no info where is the location – going to be announced at the end 0f 2017)

Nikola Two – the electrified hydrogen truck they are building has 100% zero emissions and a 1200 mile range with hydrogen powered.

Software & Loadboard – Nikola Shipments

It’s going to be a solution for freight broker to basically upload all the freight in that platform so they do business with carriers all across US.

The best part about the software from the driver perspective is everyone gets access to it for FREE in the truck.

So the interior of the truck is so amazing that it has a massive 21 inches screen so the drivers have the ability to pick any load he has on the load board of Nikola Shipments and doesn’t need to worry about the dispatching.

The system is integrated with all the service centers, hydrogen stations, and available shipments right away from the dashboard screen from the truck and the CEO mentioned that this will allow owner-operators to increase their income by even 50%.

So that’s a quick overview of what we’ve learned about the new auto transport products that owner-operators are dreaming about.

Every owner-operator should watch the previews on youtube right now.

The Auto Transport industry is still just starting up with technology – technology is still young in this world, so owner-operators, drivers, dispatchers, brokers never ever give up!

Until next time.

Happy Hauling,

CarShipIO Team

 

 

ELD – Basics of Electronic Logging Device

In the auto transport industry, there’s been a lot of development and research in the transport industry about ELD.

ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device.

Take a look at more history insights about the ELD last years:

This means serious preparation as independent owner-operators is likely to gravitate to a baseline compliance device. They can benefit from additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking automatic and easily reportable.

The exceptions to ELD requirements will be the following:

  • Old model trucks (from 1999)
  • Drivers in drive-away businesses
  • Drivers operating under the timecard exception rule – short-haul 100 – 150 miles specifically.
  • Drivers who keep logbook but work less than 8 days in 30 days

The core basics of the display of an ELD are:

  • Driver First Name and Last Name
  • ELD Username
  • ELD Malfunction Status
  • Total Engine Hours
  • Miles for each driving period
  • Data Diagnostic Status for the authenticated driver

The specific data recorded is:

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Engine Hours & Vehicle Mileage
  • Speed & Distance
  • Driver Login
  • Vehicle Identification & Authorized Carrier Identification

All events are recorded:

  • At start & finish
  • When changing the duty status
  • Once per hour why vehicle is operating
  • At the start & end of personal use or yard time

On FMCSA if you search for more information you’ll clearly see this the Phase 3 – full compliance phase with the punch line that after December 16, 2019, all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations. So after that FMCSA advice is to take advantage of their specific training like classrooms, webinars.

So far for general info of ELD – that’s it. We are always keeping an eye behind the curtains to see where the industry goes so we are going to keep everyone updated with our research.

 

As always happy car hauling and until next time.

CarShipIO Team