Chris Fisher is responsible for developing and managing all information products related to the global commercial vehicle industry. He received his Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska. Prior to coming to work at Power Systems Research, Chris worked at Baldwin Filters as a Market Analyst, OEM Account Representative, and as the Manager of Engineering Services. Chris has been with Power Systems Research since 2006 and has written and published many articles and is a key contributor to Transport Topics, Bloomberg, Diesel Progress and various other publications.
PSR Blogs: Chris Fisher
Nov 16, 2017
November 15, 2017
TORONTO -- BYD Co., the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Canada, anticipating a surge in demand for electric trucks from municipalities and businesses.
BYD will open the plant next year in Ontario and hire about 40 people to start, BYD Canada spokesman Ted Dowling said in a phone interview. The Shenzhen-based company has decided to "significantly" accelerate its investment in Canada as growing demand for electric >Read more
Nov 10, 2017
Ryder System, Inc., announced it has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans, now available for lease or rent. The vehicle order follows an exclusive sales channel and electric vehicle (EV) service partnership that Ryder recently announced with Chanje Energy in August and consists of Chanje's medium-duty electric vehicle.
Chanje is a Los Angeles, Calif. based, privately held electric vehicle and energy solutions manufacturer that specializes in the last mile industry.
The Chanje all-electric large delivery style van is >Read more
Oct 30, 2017
A federal appeals court on Friday paused implementing portions of tightened greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards that were set to take effect in January for trailers.
The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA) last month requested that the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals in D.C. suspend planned enforcement of EPA Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 (GHG2) with regard to trailers, citing the EPA's prior agreement that >Read more
Oct 26, 2017
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has unveiled an electric commercial truck concept that could revolutionize the industry.
The E-Fuso Vision One - Mitsubishi Fuso being another Daimler-owned brand - is a Class 8 straight job with a sleek, aerodynamic body that has a range of 210 miles per charge and can carry up to 11,000 pounds. It's powered by a massive 300 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which knocks 4,000 pounds off of the truck's payload rating compared to a similar Class 8 diesel.
Oct 24, 2017
Date: October 24, 2017
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is doubling down on electric. Since the country’s largest transit bus system said in July that it would convert its entire 2,200-bus fleet to electric propulsion by 2030, it’s placed orders with Chinese EV maker BYD and bus maker New Flyer.
L.A. Metro has committed to buying 35 of the St. Cloud, Minn.-based manufacturer’s 60-foot articulated e-buses, with the option to buy another 65.
“We’re working hard to provide transit >Read more
Oct 19, 2017
Vehicle with 200km of autonomy it’s presented in Germany
Volkswagen Trucks and Bus presented the e-Delivery, it’s first 100% eletric truck developed in Brazil, with the same cabin and assembled over the same chassis of the new Delivery Family trucks lauched this year.
The truck developed for urban deliveries with 200km of autonomy in it’s batteries will star the phase of tests in Germany this week, sponsored for the VW Trucks and Bus that includes MAN, VWCV , Scania and MAN Latin America, and the idea of the Project is that the e- >Read more
Oct 17, 2017
By An Limin, Zhou Tailai and Li Rongde
China’s environmental protection watchdog has proposed that the country’s rail monopoly lower freight fees to encourage the use of rail over trucking services in order to reduce the worsening air pollution in northern China.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection did not specify by how much China Railway Corp. should cut freight charges to attract more business. “But if the rail operator could draw in an additional 5% away from trucking services, it would help tackle air >Read more
Oct 4, 2017
By: Cobey Bartels
Mack Trucks has today announced its next-generation on-highway truck, the Mack Anthem, during the Mack Global Dealer Summit in Pennsylvania.
The new model was launched for the North American market, but Mack Australia has told Owner//Driver they’re committed to bringing the Anthem to Australia and New Zealand for a range of applications.
"It’s a really exciting time for Mack Trucks," said Vice President of Mack Trucks Australia, Dean Bestwick. >Read more
Sep 28, 2017
VIENNA - Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. is setting up a truck assembly plant at the old Coldwater Creek distribution center in Parkersburg, a $100 million project that will create 250 jobs by 2020, officials announced at a press conference Wednesday evening in Vienna. "I am very pleased to announce that we plan to purchase and make the former Coldwater Creek distribution center in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, the new home of Hino Truck production in United States," said Hino President Takashi Ono.
The announcement came after months of speculation by local >Read more
Sep 6, 2017
Scania today launches the XT truck range, which is tailor-made for the construction industry. "This industry is facing increasing demands for sustainable and cost-effective production. Each component in the complex construction logistics process must adapt to higher standards for efficiency and Scania XT is our contribution to this shift," says President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.
The new construction range is the second stage in Scania’s introduction of new generation trucks, the fruits of more than ten year’s development with an investment exceeding EUR 2 billion >Read more