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    Navigant Research Report Shows Rapid Growth of Electric Drive Options in Commercial Vehicle Market

  • Oct 05, 2017

    A new report from Navigant Research examines the global medium and heavy duty vehicle (MHDV) category, providing global market forecasts for annual sales and vehicle populations, segmented by country and powertrain type, through 2035.

    In terms of cost, reliability, efficiency, and ready availability of fueling options, the benefits of conventional diesel in certain truck and bus applications set a high bar for alternatives. However, governments around the world are tightening emissions restrictions and encouraging the transition away from gasoline or diesel. According to a new report from Navigant Research, electric drive options have shown the most rapid growth in recent years, with the commercial vehicle sector benefiting from the investments made to improve lithium ion battery technology.

    “Electric drive commercial vehicles are finally reaping the benefits of the significant investments made in electric drive systems for passenger cars,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “While most markets remain in a trial or early adoption phase of plug-in electric trucks and buses, cost reductions and performance improvements are attracting increased interest from fleets and cities.”

    Alternative fuels such as natural gas and propane are still expected to outsell electric drive powertrains through most of the forecast period, but electric drive options will have much higher growth, even when excluding China with its dominant market share of electric drive medium and heavy-duty vehicles. According to the report, electric drive truck and bus sales are projected to surpass alternative fuels by 2030, although all these powertrains will remain under 25 percent of total truck and bus sales.

    The report, Transportation Forecast: Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles, analyzes the global medium and heavy duty vehicle (MHDV) market by four major categories: medium duty (MD) trucks, heavy duty (HD) trucks, MD buses, and HD buses. Each of these categories is also broken down into 10 powertrain types: conventional gasoline, gasoline hybrid, gasoline plug-in hybrid, conventional diesel, diesel hybrid, diesel plug-in hybrid, battery electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cells. Global market forecasts for annual sales and vehicle population, segmented by country and powertrain type, extend through 2035. The Excel databook accompanying this report also includes pivot tables for annual sales and population segmented by country, vehicle segment, and powertrain type. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

    About Navigant Research

    Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Energy Technologies, Utility Transformations, Transportation Efficiencies, and Buildings Innovations sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at

  • Industry News

    Toyota Canada today took an important step towards the future of sustainable mobility in Canada, announcing that the Toyota Mirai – powered by hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain technology – is coming to

    With its sustainable development strategy and diverse natural resources, Canada is today the 4th leading country in the world for clean energy adoption with two thirds of its electricity generated by renewable resources[1]. To help meet Canadian federal regulations requiring a 50% reduction in coal emissions by 2030 and Nova Scotia regulations requiring 40% renewable energy by 2020, Nexans has installed North America’s longest submarine electricity cables as part of the Maritime Link Project conducted by NSP Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML), an indirect subsidiary of Emera Inc.

  • Keeping Current

    BJ TAKE Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson, announces that they have partnered with A.M. Agency in Alberta and Next Inc., headquartered in the maritime provinces, to bring its LED lighting products to the Canadian market.

    Doug explains “the significance of these partnerships is that prospective customers in Alberta and the maritime provinces can enjoy the energy-efficient lighting solutions offered by BJ Take while experiencing some of the best customer service in the industry”. He continued, “Canadian manufactured LED lighting products are important to both our environment and our economy. By buying a Canadian made product you are bolstering our economy while having access to local manufacturing that is both flexible and offers short lead times”.

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    STANDARD PRODUCTS announces the addition of two new Account Managers to its Montreal Sales Team.

    Stella Cammalleri joins STANDARD with more than 12 years experience in customer service, and a year in the lighting industry. "The addition of Stella will be a great addition to the Montreal Sales Team and will help the company maintain a high level of customer satisfaction," said STANDARD.

    STANDARD also welcomes Céleste Tremblay to its Montréal Sales Team. With more than 15 years of experience in customer service, Céleste will be a great help in building and maintaining relationships with existing and future customers.

    BJ TAKE recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory. Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson explained “the Toronto market represents a major portion of the Ontario marketplace and as such needed to have local customer service that specializes in distributor and specifier relations”. In addition to Central Ontario, Upper Canada Industries will focus on capturing a larger marketshare of the energy-efficient lighting industry in Toronto.

  • Product Showcase

    Industry 4.0 scenarios such as Predictive Maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communication. For this to happen, IoT-compatible devices equipped with the necessary communication options are required. With its new IoT interface, Rittal is now laying the foundation for the optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industry 4.0 applications. This makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible, as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

    BlockMaster Electronics, Inc., a leading supplier of terminal blocks for electrical and electronic distribution, announces a new extension to its existing line of High Output Power modular feed-through terminal blocks, designed specifically for DIN Rail or panel mounting. The new 3-pole high-power block is rated at 90 Amps and 600 Volts for electrical applications in power panel distribution.

    Emerson launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering more operational reliability than competitors' modules, and ensuring additional protection against critical power failures in hazardous locations and harsh industrial environments.

    Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., a global leader in lighting and a member of the Panasonic Group, is expanding its continuum of LED retrofit solutions with its EVERLINE® LED Professional Retrofit Kit (PRK). The pan-style fixture retrofit kit is designed to replace existing fluorescent solutions including prismatic troffers, direct/indirect luminaires, volumetric luminaires and parabolic luminaires.

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