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Octillion Power Systems enters US bus market to supply batteries for motorcoaches, city buses

January 14, 2021Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, is providing battery packs for all-electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors.

via Green Car Congress

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NHTSA Eyes Exemptions From Some Safety Rules for Self-Driving Cars

January 14, 2021The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Jan. 14 it is beginning to craft rules to “clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual driver controls.”

via Transport Topics

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Daimler announces massive new investments in EVs, plus a fund to protect workers

January 14, 2021German auto giant Daimler has announced a new plan to invest €70 billion ($85 billion) in “research and development and in property, plant and equipment” between 2021 and 2025, the lion’s share of which will be used “to accelerate the transformation towards electrification and digitization.”

via Charged EVs

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CTDOT to Add Up to 75 New Flyer Battery-Electric Buses

January 14, 2021The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) awarded New Flyer a contract for 12 Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric, 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses, with options to purchase up to 63 additional zero-emission buses in 35- or 40-foot lengths throughout the remaining term of the five-year agreement.

via Metro Magazine

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TruStar Energy invests in renewable natural gas for U.S. heavy transport

January 14, 2021TruStar Energy announced a successful 2020 and aggressive growth plans to continue transitioning heavy duty United States transportation from diesel to lower cost, cleaner alternatives.

via NGV Journal

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Yet Another Electric Delivery Van Is Coming to Market

January 14, 2021When it comes to commercial electric vehicles, it’s clear where the action is — the last-mile delivery market. On the heels of GM’s announcement of a new EV delivery vehicle platform and business unit, Ford’s big plans for the e-Transit, Rivian’s Amazon tie-up, and other independent OEMs in various stages of design, production, and sales,...

via Fleet Forward

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Nikola Says Arizona Electric Rate Deal will Accelerate Hydrogen Production

January 14, 2021After a rocky finish in 2020, Nikola announced it has secured an innovative electric rate schedule with Arizona Public Service Company that the company said makes possible the accelerated development of hydrogen-based fueling solutions for the transportation industry.


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NACFE Electrifies Run on Less

January 14, 2021Battery-electric trucks will be in the spotlight this September during Run on Less – Electric, conducted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Rocky Mountain Institute. ROL-E aims to validate the progress that has made in battery-electrics truck over the past several years.


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Sustainability Q&A with DHL Supply Chain: Part 2

January 13, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has left no company or industry untouched. While it has increased e-commerce demand, it has also created difficulties for operations, outreach and sustainability efforts.

via FreightWaves

Green hydrogen: The future of fuel?

January 13, 2021The transportation sector is researching and adopting the use of alternative fuels such as hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries. The majority of hydrogen produced today comes from natural gas and coal.

via FreightWaves

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Paccar Parts Begins Selling Electric Vehicle Chargers

January 13, 2021Paccar Parts announced it is making available to customers electric vehicle charging stations designed to be compatible with Paccar Inc.’s Kenworth Truck Co., Peterbilt Motors Co. and DAF electric trucks.

via Transport Topics Online

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Plans for sustainable aviation fuel threatens to repeat biofuels mistakes?

January 13, 2021Many European governments are getting serious about developing sustainable jet fuels to tackle the climate impact of flying. But a new report shows Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland risk repeating the biofuels fiasco with plans to promote crop-based fuels that cause more carbon emissions than the fossil fuels they replace.

via Biofuels International

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California governor proposes $1.5B for clean transportation

January 12, 2021California Gov. Gavin Newsom has released his proposed 2021-22 budget, calling for $1.5 billion to be invested in clean trucks, buses and cars, as well as infrastructure to fuel those vehicles.

via FreightWaves

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‘Clean’ truck initiatives, strong rate environment will continue in 2021

January 12, 2021President-elect Joe Biden has emphasized the importance of achieving net-zero emissions no later than 2050, and the industry will be paying close attention to environmental initiatives that could impact trucking after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

via Fleet Owner

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GM Unveils New Electric Delivery Van & EV Business Unit

January 12, 2021The EV600 is powered by GM’s Ultium battery system, and is targeted to have an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. It will have a peak charge rate of up to 170 miles of EV range per hour via 120kW DC fast charging, according to the automaker.


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New report highlights the need to electrify ride-hailing fleets

January 12, 2021Rideshare vehicles are widely believed to have larger carbon footprints than personal vehicles, so electrifying them seems likely to deliver greater emissions reductions than electrifying personal passenger cars.

via Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine