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Today’s Green Deals are meant to maximize your summer adventures amongst nature, headlined by the Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro with two 200W Solar Panels that is back at its $1,899 low for your campsite power needs. For your campsite’s meal needs, there is the Pit Boss Table Top Wood Pellet Grill at $240, while none of your adventuring can begin before you finish up your chores around the house – namely shaping up your lawn with the Greenworks 40V 20-inch Cordless Electric Push Mower for $320. Plus, all the other hangover Green Deals that are still alive and well.

Head below for other New Green Deals we’ve found today and, of course, Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro bundle with two 200W solar panels hits $1,899 low

With both camping and hurricane seasons right around the corner, you’ll likely need a reliable back up power option as you roam the wilds or bunker down to wait out the storms. To accommodate these needs at a more affordable price, the official Jackery Amazon storefront is offering its Explorer 2000 Pro Portable Power Station with two 200W Solar Panels for $1,899 shipped. Down from its usual $3,599 price tag, it has already seen five previous discounts since the new year began, with the two biggest ones repeating the same drop to the $1,899 low like today’s deal. All-in-all, you’re looking at a massive $1,700 markdown that is usually reserved for major sales events like Black Friday or Christmas – which, even then, sat $100 higher, giving you a rare opportunity to stock up at the best rate we’ve tracked.

Providing a 2,160Wh capacity and 2,200W of max power output, Jackery’s Explorer 2000 Pro boasts the usual smart controls by syncing your smartphone, letting you monitor and adjust settings as you need while also giving you remaining power levels and helping you to manage power consumption. When hooked up to a maximum of six Jackery SolarSaga 200W solar panels, it can full recharge from 0 to 100% in less than three hours – or in just two hours via a wall outlet. With its eight ports, all your device’s charging needs and appliance’s power needs will be covered: three ACs, two USB-As, two USB-Cs, and one car port. You can also find the Explorer 2000 Pro bundled with only one 100W solar panel at a $1,000 markdown for $1,399. Or get the power station alone for $1,199.

Pit Boss’ Table Top Wood Pellet Grill now $240

With so many people gearing up for summer adventures, mainly in the form of road trips and camping excursions, Amazon is now offering the Pit Boss Table Top Wood Pellet Grill for $239.85 shipped. Regularly fetching $369, after 2023’s wild ups and downs between $220 and its MSRP, it ended last year at $191, the lowest price we have seen since 2022. Since the new year began, things have become more stagnant, spending the first three months at full price and barely budging during discounts. April saw the first break up of this monotony, with today’s deal coming in to repeat the savings as a $129 markdown that lands at the second-lowest price we have tracked in the last two years – only $84 above the all-time low from 2022.

This portable wood pellet grill is a wonderful addition to your camping arsenal with its compact 15-inch by 24-inch by 19-inch design. It utilizes wood pellets as a fuel source in order to give your food the smoky flavor you crave while also putting off less emissions than that of charcoal. You’ll have a wide 180-degree to 500-degree range to play with, letting you do anything from quick sears at high temperatures to low and slow cooking for classic BBQ meals – you can even sear food with direct 1000-degree heat, if you like. Its dial-in digital control board gives you real-time data through its LED display while also keeping stable temperatures so you don’t have to stress.

Greenworks 40V 20-inch Cordless Electric Push Mower returns to $320 low

Amazon is offering a lightning deal on the Greenworks 40V 20-inch Cordless Electric Push Mower for $319.99 shipped. Normally fetching $400, this particular model has seen few discounts since the new year began, with only two having occurred in March and April to the same $320 Amazon low. We have seen it go for less elsewhere in the past, dropping as low as $249. Today’s deal still comes in as a solid $80 markdown that returns costs to the lowest price we have tracked on Amazon.

With this lawn mower’s 40V brushless motor and 4.0Ah battery, you’ll have all you need to tackle yards up to 1/3 acre in size on a single charge (keep in mind that rates may vary based on the terrain and operator technique). It sports a durable 20-inch steel deck topped with LED headlights for early morning and late evening jobs, with a folding design that “saves 70% more space in seconds with vertical storage.” It offers a 7-position height-adjustment, with a 4-in-1 design allowing you to mulch, side discharge, and rear-bag your grass clippings, as well as kick it into a higher gear for turbo leaf pickup.

If you’re looking for a bigger and badder piece of equipment for your lawn, Amazon is still offering the Greenworks 60V 42-inch Cordless Electric CrossoverZ Zero Turn Riding Mower for $3,797, down from $4,800. Sitting atop a 42-inch reinforced 12-gauge steel cutting deck, this mower sports a 60V TRUBRUSHLESS motor that was designed to handle up to 1.5-acres of land on a single charge of its four included 8.0Ah batteries. You’ll also find its predecessor, the 60V 42-inch Cordless Electric CrossoverT Riding Mower for $3,497, down from $4,300. While it offers most of the same features and similar specs, the main difference here is the missing zero-turn maneuverability and control.

Spring e-bike deals!

Juiced RipCurrent S Fat-Tire e-bike being ridden by man in all black, within post for Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro bundle

Other new Green Deals landing this week

The savings this week are also continuing to a collection of other markdowns. To the same tune as the offers above, these all help you take a more energy-conscious approach to your routine. Winter means you can lock in even better off-season price cuts on electric tools for the lawn while saving on EVs and tons of other gear.

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Caterpillar is putting MASSIVE 240-ton electric haul truck to work in Vale mine

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Caterpillar is putting MASSIVE 240-ton electric haul truck to work in Vale mine

Mining company Vale is turning to Caterpillar to provide this massive, 240-ton battery-electric haul truck in a bid to slash carbon emissions at its mines by 2030.

Caterpillar and Vale have signed an agreement that will see the Brazilian mining company test severe-duty battery electric mining trucks like the 793 BEV (above), as well as V2G/V2x energy transfer systems and alcohol-powered trucks. The test will help Vale make better equipment choices as it works to achieve its goals of reducing direct and indirect carbon emissions 33% by 2030 and eliminating 100% of its net emissions by 2050.

If that sounds weird, consider that most cars and trucks in Brazil run on either pure ethyl alcohol/ethanol (E100) or “gasohol” (E25).

“We are developing a portfolio of options to decarbonize Vale’s operations, including electrification and the use of alternative fuels in the mines. The most viable solutions will be adopted,” explains Ludmila Nascimento, energy and decarbonization director Vale. “We believe that ethanol has great potential to contribute to the 2030 target because it is a fuel that has already been adopted on a large scale in Brazil, with an established supply network, and which requires an active partnership with manufacturers. We stand together to support them in this goal.”

Vale will test a 240-ton Cat 793 battery-electric haul truck at its operations in Minas Gerais, and put energy transfer solutions to a similar tests at Vale’s operations in Pará over the next two-three years. Caterpillar and Vale have also agreed to a joint study on the viability of a dual-fuel (ethanol/diesel) solution for existing ICE-powered assets.

Vale claims to be the world’s largest producer of iron ore and nickel, and says it’s committed to an investment of between $4 billion to $6 billion to meet its 2030 goal.

Cat 793 electric haul truck

During its debut in 2022, the Cat 793 haul truck was shown on a 4.3-mile test course at the company’s Tucson proving grounds. There, the 240-ton truck was able to achieve a top speed of over 37 mph (60 km/h) fully loaded. Further tests involved the loaded truck climbing a 10% grade for a full kilometer miles at 7.5 mph before unloading and turning around for the descent, using regenerative braking to put energy back into the battery on the way down.

Despite not giving out detailed specs, Caterpillar reps reported that the 793 still had enough charge in its batteries for to complete more testing cycles.

Electrek’s Take

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Cat 793 EV at 2022 launch; via Caterpillar.

Electric equipment and mining to together like peanut butter and jelly. In confined spaces, the carbon emissions and ear-splitting noise of conventional mining equipment can create dangerous circumstances for miners and operators, and that can lead to injury or long-term disability that’s just going to exacerbate a mining operation’s ability to keep people working and minerals coming out of the ground.

By working with companies like Vale to prove that forward-looking electric equipment can do the job as well as well as (if not better than) their internal combustion counterparts, Caterpillar will go a long way towards converting the ICE faithful.

SOURCES | IMAGES: Caterpillar, Construction Equipment, and E&MJ.

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Argonne Nat’l Lab is spending big bucks to study BIG hydrogen vehicles

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Argonne National Laboratory is building a new research and development facility to independently test large-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems for heavy-duty and off-road applications with funding from the US Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is hoping Argonne Nat’l Lab’s extensive fuel cell research experience, which dates back to 1996, will give it unique insights as it evaluates new polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems ranging from 150 to 600 kilowatts for use in industrial vehicle and stationary power generation applications.

The new Argonne test facility will help prove (or, it should be said, disprove) the validity of hydrogen as a viable fuel for transportation applications including heavy trucks, railroad locomotives, marine vessels, and heavy machines used in the agriculture, construction, and mining industries.

“The facility will serve as a national resource for analysis and testing of heavy-duty fuel cell systems for developers, technology integrators and end-users in heavy-duty transportation applications including [OTR] trucks, railroad locomotives, marine vessels, aircraft and vehicles used in the agriculture, construction and mining industries,” explains Ted Krause, laboratory relationship manager for Argonne’s hydrogen and fuel cell programs. “The testing infrastructure will help advance fuel cell performance and pave the way toward integrating the technology into all of these transportation applications.”

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is dedicating about $4 million to help build the new Argonne facility, which is set to come online next fall.

Electrek’s Take

Medium-sized Hydrogen FC excavator concept; via Komatsu.

It’s going to be hard to convince me that the concentrated push for a technology as inefficient as hydrogen fuel cells has more to do with any real consumer or climate benefit than it does keeping the throngs of people it will take to manufacture, capture, transport, store, house, and effectively dispense hydrogen gainfully employed through the next election cycle.

As such, while case studies like the hydrogen combustion-powered heavy trucks that have been trialed at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena mine since 2021 (at top) and fuel cell-powered concepts like Komatsu’s medium-sized excavator (above) have proven that hydrogen as a fuel can definitely work on a job site level while producing far fewer harmful emissions than diesel, I think swappable batteries like the ones being shown off by Moog Construction and Firstgreen have a far brighter future.

Speaking of Moog, we talked to some of the engineers being their ZQuip modular battery systems on a HEP-isode of The Heavy Equipment Podcast a few months back. I’ve included it, below, in case that’s something you’d like to check out.

SOURCES | IMAGES: ANL, Komatsu, and NPROXX.

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Velocity truck rental adds 47 high-speed truck chargers to California dealer network

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Velocity truck rental adds 47 high-speed truck chargers to California dealer network

Velocity truck rental is doing its part to help commercial fleets electrify by energizing 47 high-powered charging stations at four strategic dealer locations across Southern California. And they’re doing it now.

The new Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing (VTRL) charging network isn’t some far-off goal being announced for PR purposes. The company says its new chargers are already in the ground, and set to be fully online and energized by the end of this month at at VTRL facilities in Rancho Dominguez (17), Fontana (14), the City of Industry (14), and San Diego (2).

45 120 kW Detroit e-Fill chargers make up the bulk of VTRL’s infrastructure project, while two DCFC stations from ChargePoint get them to 47. All of the chargers, however, where chosen specifically to cater to the needs of medium and heavy-duty battery electric work trucks.

The company says it chose the Detroit e-Fill commercial-grade chargers because they’ve already proven themselves in Daimler-heavy fleets with their ability to bring Class 8 Freightliner eCascadias, Class 6 and 7 Freightliner eM2 box trucks, and RIZON Class 4 and 5 cabover trucks, “to 80% state of charge in just 90 minutes or less.”

At Velocity, we are not just reacting to the shift towards electric mobility; we are at the forefront with our customers and actively shaping it. By integrating high-powered, commercial-grade charging solutions along key transit corridors, we are ensuring that our customers have the support they need today. This charging infrastructure investment is a testament to our commitment to helping our customers transition smoothly to electromobility solutions and to prepare for compliance with the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulations.

David Deon, velocity president

Velocity plans to offer flexible charging options to accommodate the needs of different fleets, including both managed, “charging as a service” subscription plans and self-managed/opportunity charging during daily routes. While trucks are charging, drivers and operators will be able to relax in comfortable break rooms equipped with WIFI, television, snacks, water, and restrooms.

Electrek’s Take

Image via DTNA.

While it feels a bit underwhelming to write about trucking companies simply following the letter of the law in California, the rollout of an all-electric, zero-emission commercial trucking fleet remains something that, I think, should be celebrated.

As such, I’m celebrating it. I hope you are, too.

SOURCE | IMAGES: Global Newswire; Daimler Trucks.

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