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
Jun 7, 2018
FRANKFURT/PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler AG unveiled on Wednesday an all-electric big rig truck it promises to have in production in 2021, as the German automaker mounts a major challenge to European manufacturers and Tesla.
Daimler said its Freightliner eCascadia, with a range of up to 250 miles (400 km) and an 80,000 lb (36 tonne) gross combined weight, will be suitable for regional distribution and port shipments.
Daimler also unveiled a medium-duty Freightliner eM2 106, with a range of up to 230 miles, designed for local >Read more
May 31, 2018
Cummins Inc. and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC Motors) announced that they will form a 50-50 joint venture after Cummins purchased Navistar's 50% equity of the JAC-Navistar Diesel Engine Co. (JND) joint venture. No financial details were provided.
The joint venture will maintain its operations at the existing manufacturing facility in Hefei. Cummins currently supplies light-duty, mid-range and heavy-duty engines to JAC Motors for its domestic market in China as well as its global operations. The JV will >Read more
May 30, 2018
Date: May 24, 2018
By 2030 or earlier, the advantages of electric vehicles will virtually force fleets to switch from diesel to electric power, predicted futurist Tony Siba, author of “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation.”
Siba spoke Wednesday at Transparency18.
The two-day conference in Atlanta was produced by FreightWaves, a data analytics company, in partnership with the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BITa) and Georgia Tech.
“The 2020s will be the most disruptive decade in >Read more
May 22, 2018
Date: May 21, 2018
The European Union aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% in just 12 years through the federation's first proposed CO2 emissions standards.
The proposed standards must be approved by individual EU member governments and the European Parliament. The E.U. previously had no overall regulations on fuel economy or CO2 emissions, but after agreeing to join the Paris Climate Agreement, it set a goal of a 40% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Similar to EPA regulations in the U.S., a large part of >Read more
May 14, 2018
Date: May 14, 2018
Cummins Inc. and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC Motors) (SH: 600418) announced today that the two parties will form a 50:50 joint-venture after Cummins purchased Navistar's 50 percent equity of the JAC-Navistar Diesel Engine Company (JND).
“I am delighted that Cummins is expanding our long-term relationship with JAC Motors, one of the most respected automotive companies in China,” said Steve Chapman, Cummins Group Vice President, China and Russia >Read more
May 14, 2018
Date: May 14, 2018
It’s been a rough few weeks for Tesla, with production problems, lawsuits, and analysts speculating that the company is running out of money and will need a capital raise before the year is out to keep going. Now, Seeking Alpha writer John Engle is suggesting that the much-anticipated Tesla Semi project may be dead.
The Tesla Semi was unveiled in November 2017 to great fanfare and intrigue. Did Tesla have the magic ingredient to make an all-electric truck viable that has so far eluded so many others? A >Read more
Apr 30, 2018
April 25, 2018
FRANKFURT -- Robert Bosch said its engineers have developed a diesel exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology.
“This breakthrough offers the opportunity to shift the heated debate over diesel into new territory and, hopefully, bring it to a close," Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said Wednesday at a press conference outside Stuttgart.
The German engineering >Read more
Apr 30, 2018
April 24, 2018
Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early model.
"Everyone was laughing at BYD for making a toy," recalled Isbrand Ho, the Shenzhen-based company's managing director in Europe. "And look now. Everyone has one."
Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionize city transport -- and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry. With China leading >Read more
Apr 24, 2018
Date: April 23, 2018
Successful Dealer Magazine
Two days after Volkswagen Truck and Bus executive Matthias Gruendler sent Wall Street ablaze saying a takeover of Lisle, Ill.-based truck maker Navistar “would make sense at some point,” the German parent company filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to make more clear the company's intentions.
According to a filing sent to the SEC Wednesday, and signed by VW T&B boss Andreas Renschler, Volkswagen “is not reporting any changes to its plans or proposals >Read more
Apr 17, 2018
(Bloomberg)—Volkswagen's heavy-vehicle division is open to a takeover of U.S. affiliate Navistar International as the German company seeks scale to compete with global leaders Daimler and Volvo.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which is changing its structure to access capital markets in about a year, might consider boosting its existing stake of just under 17 percent of Navistar, though that could trigger a mandatory takeover offer, Chief Financial Officer Matthias Gruendler said >Read more