Chicago residents can look forward to quieter mornings thanks to the debut of the first electric rubbish truck in the United States. Produced by Motiv Power Systems, the truck is fully electric — there is no diesel engine at all. The electric motor even produces the energy needed to power the hydraulics, which lift the bins and compact the rubbish. Chicago has signed a deal to buy 20 of the zeroemission trucks over the next five years. Motiv Power Systems says a single truck would produce 23 tonnes less CO2 a year if plugged into the Chicago grid. Rio Tinto might be going full steam ahead with automated mining trucks but BHP Billiton is not so sure. The latter has told The Australian that it has increased the number of automated trucks it is running at its Jimblebar mine in Western Australia to nine as part of a trial. However, it is not convinced they are better than human drivers. BHP says its human drivers outperform the automated Caterpillar trucks at the mine. The company says it still considering using more automated trucks but wants to improve their efficiency. It says slower steering and oversensitive safety systems, which stop the trucks, are things that can be improved. Mitsubishi Fuso is recalling nearly 400 trucks over a faulty warning buzzer. The truck affected is the Euro 5 FK61 Fighter. Fuso wants to fix them because, on affected vehicles, a warning chime doesn’t operate properly when the truck’s hill start assist feature engaged. Normally, the truck beeps when the driver pulls out the key with the HSA engaged because it could roll if the park brake is not also switched on. Trucks covered by the recall were sold between February 24, 2011 and February 12, 2014. North American Daimler brands Freightliner and Western Star will now be available with Mercedes-Benz compact engines. The Benz made 5-litre and 8-litre jobs will be retuned and rebadged as Detroit engines and will be called the DD5 and DD8. Initially, the engines will be made at a Mercedes-Benz factory at Manheim, Germany, but Daimler plans to have them produced in North America from 2018. Medium duty trucks will be the primary destination for the European engines. They will also be made available for the Daimler-made Thomas-Built buses. There is no word yet on whether the smaller engines will be available in Freightliner and Western Star trucks sold here. Scania has teamed up with a university to work on logistical solutions. It has joined with Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology to create a new transport focused laboratory called the Integrated Transport Research Lab. “The aim is to create world-class logistics flows,” Scania chief Martin Lundstedt says. The transport industry should help the EU reduce transport emissions with better technology, he says, but also with “systems-based solutions” that help improve traffic flow and streamline transport logistics.