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For real? Startup talks 2,000-hp turbine-hybrid big rig and 520-hp UTV

If there was ever a time to dazzle the world with promises of futuristic electric car technologies and crazy performance estimates, it would be 2016. Salt Lake City-based startup Nikola Motor Company may have a long way to go, but it believes it can revolutionize transportation. Given its overnight ascendance and off-the-charts claims, we're nothing if not skeptical. We are, however, hopeful that its 2,000-hp turbine-extender semi truck and solar-assisted, all-electric side-by-side – or derivatives thereof – become reality.

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Graphene-based ultracapacitors give trucks a boost of acceleration

At the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, French transportation technology developer Adgero will unveil a regenerative braking system with power boost that utilizes ultracapacitors on a curtainsider semi-trailer. The kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is designed to provide a 25 percent cut in fuel usage and carbon emissions.Read More

Daimler electric trucks to deliver cost savings in Stuttgart

As electric cars careen towards the mainstream, the world's truck manufacturers are also working to make the most of battery power to cut local CO2 emissions and running costs. Daimler is attempting to demonstrate the benefits of moving to electric trucks by running four Fuso E-Cell trucks in Stuttgart, where they'll deal with everything from road construction to furniture delivery.Read More

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Volvo shows off new gearbox by pulling 750 tonnes from standstill

Dual-clutch gearboxes are fitted to everything from family wagons to world-crushing Bugattis in cars, but haven't had quite the same impact in the trucking world. Having launched its I-Shift dual-clutch gearbox in 2014, Volvo has now added crawler gears to the system in an attempt to broaden its appeal. Unsatisfied with a traditional launch, the company has shown off the transmission by pulling a 750-tonne load from standstill.Read More

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