Topic: Technology

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Blue Bird Integrates Propane School Buses with Ford Engine, Fuel System

January 20, 2021This spring, Blue Bird Corp., an independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, says it will begin production of its propane and gasoline Vision school buses integrating Ford’s all-new 7.3 L V8 engine and a purpose-built fuel system designed specifically for school bus application.

via NGT News

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Automakers Switching To An EV Future Must Deal With Stranded Assets

January 20, 2021One of the reasons legacy automakers are resisting electrification is that they fear, with good reason, that the transition will take a big bite out of their profits.

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A Battery That Charges As Fast As Filling A Gas Tank

January 20, 2021A startup has developed lithium-ion batteries that can charge an electric vehicle in about the same time as an average fuel tank fill-up, Yahoo News reports. A typical EV now takes about eight hours to charge.


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Swedish largest logistics group successfully trials biomethane trucks

January 18, 2021Low-emission fuels are becoming increasingly popular in the Nordic transport sector. Six Swedish logistic companies that are part of MaserFrakt (the biggest transportation company in Sweden) recently tested trucks that used bio-LNG as fuel as a way to reduce their emissions.

via NGV Journal

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Ideanomics acquires wireless charging specialist WAVE

January 18, 2021Ideanomics, which describes itself as “a global company focused on the convergence of financial services and industries experiencing technological disruption,” has agreed to acquire 100% of privately-held Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification.

via Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine

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Lightning eMotors wins $45-million powertrain order from ABC Companies

January 18, 2021Commercial EV builder Lightning eMotors has received a $45-million order for its zero-emission powertrain systems from Minnesota-based motorcoach supplier ABC Companies.

via Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine

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Pittsburgh’s Port Authority Adding 6 New Flyer Battery-Electric Buses

January 15, 2021Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County has converted options to order six more 40-foot zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses from New Flyer.

via Metro Magazine

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Tiny electric delivery vans occupy former home of hulking Hummer H2

January 15, 2021Jim Taylor, CEO of startup Electric Last Mile Systems, will build Class 1 electric delivery vans in the former Hummer H2 plant, in Indiana. Taylor was the last CEO of Hummer before GM mothballed the brand after a sale to a Chinese entity fell through in 2010

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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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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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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.


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.

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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

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Proterra to Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction

January 12, 2021Proterra, builder of electric buses, heavy-duty vehicle drivetrains, batteries and charging systems, plans to go public on the Nasdaq exchange via a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company, the latest in a string of EV companies seeking access to public market financing to meet growing demand.

via Greentech Media

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Compact EV-specific transmission supports niche OEMs as they shift to electric

January 11, 2021Following the recent release of its HPD E crate motors and associated kit to electrify the classic Mini, Swindon Powertrain is now extending its electrification range with a new standalone E-Transmission for EVs.

via Charged EVs

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TuSimple among autonomous truck companies to join Self-Driving Coalition

January 11, 2021The coalition to form policies and build public trust surrounding self-driving vehicles was founded by Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo, and Waymo. The new group of Embark, Kodiak, and TuSimple are the first to be exclusively dedicated to autonomous vehicles.

via Fleet Owner