Ohio State/Wilberforce University team takes home first place in year two of the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The Ohio State/Wilberforce University Team has been named the Year Two champion of the EcoCAR Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge, followed by Georgia Tech in second place and McMaster University (CA) in third place. The Year Two competition challenged teams to complete a series of vehicle events, comparable to tests automakers... Read more →

Prologis and Performance Team – A Maersk Company, launched Southern California’s largest heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging depot, located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and powered by the nation’s largest EV truck microgrid. Located directly off the Harbor (110) Freeway in Los Angeles on Denker Avenue,... Read more →

Volkswagen delays introduction of ID. 7 electric sedan in North America

Volkswagen announced it will delay the introduction of the ID.7 electric sedan (earlier post) in the US and Canada in response to changing market dynamics. Volkswagen had announced in March that ID.7 would be offered stateside in two trims—Pro S and Pro S Plus—with an 82 kWh battery and 282... Read more →

Range Energy (Range), a company developing powered trailers for the commercial trucking market (earlier post), unveiled the development of a new trailer data and telematics platform that will bring unique operational insights to its electric-powered trailer customers. The platform is being developed in partnership with connected vehicle technology company, Sibros,... Read more →

Leading school bus manufacturer Blue Bird unveiled the operating prototype of an electric-powered step van and underlying stripped chassis at the 2024 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. Blue Bird teamed up with Xos and Morgan Olson to build the prototype of the last-mile delivery commercial vehicle. Blue Bird is building... Read more →

BAE Systems and Eaton successfully tested their integrated electric drive system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. Using this technology, existing truck models can be adapted across various zero-emission applications, improving efficiency, performance, and flexibility. Testing occurred at Eaton’s proving grounds in Marshall, Michigan on a Class 7 demonstration vehicle.... Read more →

Autel Energy unveils MaxiCharger megawatt charging system

Autel Energy, a global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging products and services, unveiled its MaxiCharger Megawatt Charging System at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT Expo) 2024. Designed for heavy-duty electric trucks, the MCS terminal can deliver a maximum single output of 1.2 MW/1500A. A feature of the MaxiCharger... Read more →

Fermata Energy and Xcel Energy announce vehicle-to-everything bidirectional charging pilot

Fermata Energy, Xcel Energy, City of Boulder, Colorado CarShare and Boulder Housing Partners announced a collaborative Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging pilot project at Boulder Housing Partners’ 30 Pearl development and the Molly’s Spirits Lakeside facility. This V2X pilot program transforms parked EVs into mobile power units, advancing grid resilience and... Read more →

Eaton introduces higher power fuses for electrified commercial vehicles

Eaton is now offering a portfolio of fuses for commercial electrified vehicles (EVs). Eaton Bussmann series fuses can handle up to 1,400 amps and 900 volts and can be tailored to customer specifications. Eaton can increase current capability by either design modifications or paralleling multiple fuses. We have adapted our... Read more →

Accelera launches next-gen hydrogen and electric solutions for commercial vehicles

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc., launched the next generation of several of its decarbonizing technologies that are shaping the future of clean transportation. New versions of its hydrogen fuel cell engines, a high efficiency eAxle, and its next-generation batteries are among the new products Accelera... Read more →

RIZON, Daimler Truck’s newest brand of all-electric vehicles, has expanded its Class 4 to 5 lineup with the introduction of two new models: the e18Mx and the e18Lx. These models offer enhanced payload capacities and innovative features tailored for urban and local deliveries. The e18Mx and e18Lx offer an upgraded... Read more →

TICO (Terminal Investment Corporation) Manufacturing, the leading terminal tractor manufacturer and one of the largest terminal tractor fleet owners and operators in North America, launched the next generation of its Pro-Spotter Electric Terminal Tractor. TICO announced production of its first-generation electric terminal tractor in 2023 with its partnership with Volvo... Read more →

Hexagon Purus, in partnership with Hino Trucks, launched Tern, a dedicated zero-emission truck brand along with the inaugural vehicle model, the RC8, a battery-electric Class 8 tractor tailored for the US market. This semi-tractor leverages Hexagon Purus’ years of development of zero-emission drivetrains for heavy-duty trucks. (Earlier post.) A product... Read more →

EVR Motors, an Israel-based electric motor innovator specializing in high power-density electric motors, is starting the operations of a greenfield plant in India under its subsidiary, I.EVR Motors Pvt Ltd. This facility, located in Manesar, will spearhead the production of trapezoidal geometry coils, a patented key component of EVR’s electric... Read more →

Penske Truck Leasing, Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and Carrier Transicold have collaborated on an all-electric refrigerated medium-duty truck to help leasing customers with temperature-controlled freight realize the financial and environmental benefits that zero-emissions equipment can provide. The vehicle, displayed by Penske at ACT Expo in Las Vegas, combines a... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America provides second life to commercial vehicle batteries

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is committed to reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint by integrating a comprehensive circular economy approach across its operations. This strategy emphasizes repairing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling lithium-ion battery materials used in all DTNA electric vehicles (EVs). With goals to maximize battery lifespans and... Read more →

Targets for 100% electric vehicle adoption by 2035 cannot be achieved without an unprecedented acceleration in copper mining, according to the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum Joseph McMonigle. Copper is the most essential mineral for societal development, but growing electrification needs globally cannot be met if limited supplies... Read more →

DANNAR will reveal its latest Mobile Power Station (MPS) platform option at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT Expo), North America’s premier event for advanced vehicle technology. DANNAR will feature the Mobile Power Station (MPS) and the new Gen2 MPS 480 3-Phase option, which increases total energy export capacity, expands... Read more →

Global EV sales reached 1.1 million units in April 2024, bringing year-to-date (YTD) sales to 4.3 million, 22% greater than the same period in 2023, according to Rho Motion. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) represent 64% of units sold so far in 2024, with the remaining 36% Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV). EU... Read more →

J.D. Power study finds EV purchase consideration ebbing while charging concerns continue to grow

Consumer demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has cooled as the industry grapples with persistent growing pains, according to the J.D. Power 2024 US Electric Vehicle Consideration (EVC) Study. For the first time since the study’s inception in 2021, new-vehicle buyer consideration has dropped from the previous year. This year’s study... Read more →

Volvo CE publishing industry’s most extensive Product Carbon Footprint reports

Volvo CE is publishing the construction equipment industry’s most extensive catalogue of Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) reports, making it easy for customers to take active steps to reduce their environmental impact. The reports confirm that electric machines are a more sustainable choice compared to conventional diesel machines, when looking at... Read more →

The Daimler Truck brand FUSO announced a comprehensive update of the popular Canter light-duty truck. In the all-new Canter (for the 6.0 t, 7.5 t and 8.55 t variants), additional safety and comfort features are available as standard. Furthermore, the interior has been completely redesigned. The fully electric sister model... Read more →

The share of electric and hybrid vehicle sales in the United States decreased in the first quarter of 2024 as battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales declined, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and BEVs fell to 18.0% of total new light-duty vehicle... Read more →

Pollution Probe, in partnership with the Mobility Futures Lab, RFS Energy and Southland Transportation Ltd., presented the results of a pilot program demonstrating the use of an electric school bus (ESB) in Calgary, Alberta. From September 2022 to June 2023, a single Blue Bird ESB was deployed in collaboration with... Read more →

US to boost tariffs on Chinese EVs to 100%; related components to 25%

President Biden is directing US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to take action to add or increase tariffs for certain products from China, including EVs and EV components. Ambassador Tai will propose the following modifications in EV-related strategic sectors: Electric vehicles Increase rate to 100% in 2024 Battery parts (non-lithium-ion... Read more →

Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), developed jointly with Porsche, is a key component for the expansion of the global portfolio of all-electric Audi models. For the next generation of electric vehicles from Audi, the company has redeveloped the electric motors, the power electronics, the transmission, as well as the high-voltage... Read more →

FedEx Express has begun a two-week pilot of an eActros 300 tractor, an all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The tractor unit is being used in place of a combustion engine tractor and trailer combination, to fulfil domestic linehaul operations from Eindhoven station in the Netherlands. For the pilot period the... Read more →

BAE Systems expanding collaboration with Eaton on electric drive solutions for heavy-duty trucks; collaborating with Cummins on transit bus hybrid drivetrain for 2027 and beyond

BAE Systems, a leader in electric propulsion, and Eaton, a global power management company, are expanding their collaboration to include electric vehicle (EV) solutions for heavy-duty trucks. The solution offers original equipment manufacturers and commercial vehicle modifiers a comprehensive, efficient, advanced, and flexible EV system for a wide range of... Read more →

The ID. Buzz, Volkswagen’s electric reincarnation of the iconic Microbus will be offered in the US in three trims—Pro S and Pro S Plus, along with a launch-only 1st Edition based on the Pro S trim—with a 91 kWh battery and 282 horsepower for rear-wheel drive models. 4Motion all-wheel-drive models... Read more →

Daimler Buses delivered a turnkey, electrified depot for ESWE Verkehrsgesellschaft in Wiesbaden and supplied a total of 120 battery-electric eCitaro buses since the start of the project in 2019. The experts from Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Buses, set up the entire e-infrastructure required to... Read more →

The public transport company of the Flemish Region of Belgium, De Lijn, has awarded a framework agreement for up to 100 vehicles, allowing it to rely on Irizar e-mobility’s 100% electric Irizar ie tram buses for premium public transport services. The vehicles will be destined for special projects, such as... Read more →

Geotab report finds number of EV commercial vehicles in the US increased by 81% in 2023

Geotab, a global transportation telematics provider to more than 50,000 customers in 160 countries, released “In the Driver’s Seat: Accelerating ROI Through Data Driven Insights,” its second commercial transportation report. Expanded to a global report, this edition offers insights into the evolving landscape of the commercial transportation sector. Among the... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is making two significant investments at its headquarters complex on Swan Island: a new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) training center adjacent to Electric Island and a new engineering facility at the DTNA campus. The new addition to Electric Island represents the next phase... Read more →

Honda opens new R&D facility in Bengaluru to accelerate electrification in India

Honda R&D (India) Private Limited (HRID), a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and functioning as Honda’s research and development arm for motorcycles & power products in India, opened a new Solution R&D Center in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Honda sets global target of achieving carbon neutrality in all of its products... Read more →

Cummins’ Accelera Battery System to power BMC Otomotiv electric transit buses in Europe; BP97E NMC battery pack

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc., is collaborating with BMC Otomotiv, a leading manufacturer of buses and trucks in Turkey and throughout Europe, to provide battery solutions for their transit bus operations. The companies have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for Accelera to power BMC’s... Read more →

Motiv, a manufacturer of class 4-6 electric trucks and buses, has fully completed the delivery of 55 Motiv electric trucks to Purolator, a leading integrated freight, package, and logistics solutions provider. Purolator ordered the additional vehicles last year following a successful pilot of five Motiv electric trucks in 2021. The... Read more →

ComEd adds first all-electric bucket trucks to its growing fleet of electric vehicles

ComEd announced the addition of two new, all-electric bucket trucks to its fleet. The new trucks are part of a ComEd initiative to transition its fleet vehicles powered by internal combustion engines to the use of fully-electric, biodiesel and clean powered vehicles supporting its work across northern Illinois. Designed for... Read more →

Archer Aviation, a developer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, completed the build out of its high-volume battery pack manufacturing line. This facility is housed at Archer’s Integrated Test Lab and Manufacturing Facilities in San Jose, CA and will have the throughput necessary to support the planned high... Read more →

Daimler Truck unveiled the battery-electric autonomous Freightliner eCascadia technology demonstrator. The truck is based on a production battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia and is equipped with Torc’s autonomous driving software and the latest Level 4 sensor and compute technology. Torc Robotics is Daimler Truck’s independent subsidiary for autonomous virtual driver technology. While... Read more →

Ryder analysis finds switching to EVs from diesel in today’s market increases total cost to transport across the board

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, released a quantitative analysis of the potential economic impacts of converting commercial diesel vehicles to electric vehicles (EV) in today’s market. With evolving state and federal legal requirements aimed at transitioning fleets to zero-emission vehicles, Ryder... Read more →

At the end of 2024, a shipbuilding cluster for the production of electric river transport vessels (earlier post) will open in Nagatinsky Zaton District in Moscow. No such facilities have been built in Russia in recent years. The history of Moscow shipbuilding is almost 90 years old. In 1936, a... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Trucks specialists from Daimler Truck AG have successfully advised the Mercedes-Benz Group AG on the electrification of parts of its factory logistics. As part of the the “Sustainable Logistics Consulting” (SLC) range of services, launched by Daimler Truck AG at the end of 2023, Mercedes-Benz Trucks consultants provided assistance... Read more →

Infineon Technologies AG, a global semiconductor leader in power systems and IoT, will provide silicon carbide (SiC) power modules HybridPACK Drive G2 CoolSiC and bare die products to Xiaomi EV for its recently announced SU7 until 2027. Xiaomi SU7 Infineon’s CoolSiC-based power modules allow for higher operating temperatures, resulting in... Read more →

Audi has expanded its range of e-mobility products with the launch of a limited-edition enduro-style electric pedal assist mountain bike (eMTB) powered by Fantic, available through Audi Genuine Accessories. The new Audi eMTB features a livery inspired by the innovative design of Audi’s electrified Dakar Rally-winning RS Q e-tron racecar.... Read more →

Porsche is pushing ahead with the roll-out of alternative drives in its transport logistics fleet. Together with its logistics partners, the sports car manufacturer is using six new electric HGVs (heavy good vehicle) at its Zuffenhausen, Weissach and Leipzig sites. These vehicles transport production materials around the plants, working alongside... Read more →

Nuvve partners with Great Power on EV integration

Nuvve, a developer of a proprietary energy management and aggregation platform, and Guangzhou Great Power Energy and Technology Corporation (Great Power) (NCY: 300438.SZ), a China-based lithium-ion battery developer and manufacturer, entered a strategic partnership to accelerate stationary storage battery deployments and their integration with the grid. Great Power recognizes the... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won two new independent orders for its plug-and-play heat pump solution. The first new order is a major contract in the high single-digit million euro range from an international expert in electric bus conversions, while the second order is from a German expert in off-road electric vehicles and... Read more →

Motiv accounts for 45% of electric step vans in California, 19% nationwide

By comparing the publicly available information about the number and types of electric step vans and other electric trucks in CALSTART’s Zeroing In On Zero Emission Trucks with its own sales and deployment data, Motiv calculates that 45% of the electric step vans in California and 19% of the electric... Read more →

The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) released its California Auto Outlook covering the first quarter of 2024. The report summarizes quarterly new vehicle registration figures statewide and predicts overall 2024 sales. Experian Automotive provides data for CNCDA’s Auto Outlook. Tesla registrations were down again in the state YTD, with... Read more →