Motiv Power Systems announced its newest generation of EPIC chassis for medium-duty electric fleets. The fifth-generation EPIC F-59 and E-450 chassis have reduced the total number of components in the electric powertrain by 30%, while also improving range, acceleration, and top speed. The fifth-generation EPIC chassis incorporate BMW’s commercially-proven, high-performance... Read more →


Effective immediately, Mercedes-Benz Bank, together with the insurance partner R+V/KRAVAG, is offering new insurance policies especially for electric vans. Customers thus profit from modules that have been specially adapted to the requirements and characteristics of electric vehicles. The full coverage insurance includes coverage for inductive charging plates, charging cables and... Read more →


Renault Trucks is broadening its all-electric lineup. There is a now wider choice of batteries for medium-duty electric vehicles: the Renault Trucks D and D Wide Z.E can now accommodate 66 kWh battery packs. Furthermore, the Renault Trucks Master Z.E. utility vehicle has just been released in a 3.5-tonne model.... Read more →


XL Fleet launches XL Grid division with charging infrastructure solutions

XL Fleet, a leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has entered into a partnership with a commercial EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) supplier to begin the launch of its XL Grid division. XL Grid will provide charging infrastructure, energy storage and power solutions for electrified... Read more →


Operator Transdev has signed a contract with Solaris Bus & Coach to supply two hydrogen buses. The vehicles will roll out onto the streets of the Swedish city of Sandviken in autumn 2021. Solaris Urbino CNG (in yellow and red), operating X-Trafik Gävle—the hydrogen buses in Sandviken will have the... Read more →


XL Fleet: largest partner expects to double orders in 2021 to more than 2,000 units

XL Fleet announced that Farmbro Inc., an Ontario-based upfitting solutions service provider specializing in commercial and work vehicles, expects to double its sales volume from approximately 1,000 XL unit installations in 2020 to more than 2,000 in 2021 to meet the increasing demand for fleet electrification in Canada. As part... Read more →


DHL is piloting four BYD Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the Los Angeles market, just in time for the peak holiday shipping season. Equipped with a comfortable air-ride cab and air suspension, the trucks have more than enough power and torque to operate at 82,000 lbs. combined weight. DHL plans... Read more →


Nuvve and Lion Electric to collaborate on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) in electric school buses

Nuvve Corporation, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, and Lion Electric, an original equipment manufacturer of all-electric heavy-duty vehicles based in Québec, are collaborating to launch vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a standard feature of Lion’s zero-emission school buses. Lion recently launched LionA, an all-electric mini school bus, on top of an... Read more →


Broader collaboration among key stakeholders and a new generation of finance solutions will be needed to electrify trucks and buses at scale by 2050, according to a report released today by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), MJ Bradley and Vivid Economics. To ensure and accelerate the transition, we must move beyond... Read more →


Southern California Edison (SCE) is the US’ first utility to receive and to test the eCascadia, the Freightliner Class 8 electric truck (earlier post). The Class 8 truck will be used for a material transport test, which will include moving heavy utility equipment such as transformers, wire reels and switch... Read more →


XL Fleet announced that the Company’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric drive technology is being expanded for use across a range of fleet vehicles from General Motors. The platform is expected to begin shipping on select configurations of the Chevrolet and GMC Silverado / Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD pickup... Read more →


Moscow, Russia has launched its 500th electric bus—a KAMAZ 6282 electric bus. The KAMAZ 6282 uses lithium-titanate batteries, and has a range of 70 km on one charge. The electric bus is charged in 6-12 minutes with ultrafast charging stations using a half-pantograph. In addition, an on-board charger allows charging... Read more →


Against the background of the introduction of the new all-electric E-Transit (earlier post), Ford is expanding its offering of fleet management tools to provide electric-vehicle data, charging reports and web-based pre-conditioning, plus new features that can help secure vehicles and help enhance driver performance. With new fleet-wide energy monitoring and... Read more →


Ford unveiled the 2022 E-Transit van, an all-electric version of the world’s best-selling cargo van. E-Transit offers the same interior cargo dimensions and standard mounting points for continued integration with hundreds of upfitters and vehicle modifiers worldwide who provide compatible racks, bins and accessories on gas-powered Transit. With a usable... Read more →


Motiv Power Systems announced a renewal of its partnership with Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), the largest bakery in the United States. This follows a successful 12-month pilot of five Motiv-powered electric trucks that performed flawlessly on real-world delivery routes. (Earlier post.) BBU and Motiv are now strengthening their partnership, with... Read more →


Workhorse Group Inc. received a purchase order for 500 of its all-electric C-1000 delivery vehicles from Pritchard Companies. Inventory financing will be provided by Hitachi Capital America as part of Workhorse’s previously announced strategic partnership with HCA. Vehicles will be distributed through Pritchard Companies’ dealership locations across the country. Throughout... Read more →


LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has started production of its new electric van, VN5. The new model is designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s plant in Ansty, Coventry—the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory. VN5 is the company’s first electric van model. Based on the same architecture and proven eCity... Read more →


Electric pickup startup Lordstown Motors goes public via SPAC; $1.6B transaction

Lordstown Motors Corporation, a startup developing an all-electric pickup truck serving the commercial fleet market, merged with DiamondPeak Holdings Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The combined entity will trade on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol “RIDE.” The $1.6-billion transaction provides Lordstown Motors with $675 million of... Read more →


Working in collaboration with its Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project partners—CALSTART, Trillium, and Greenlots—and other industry organizations, Volvo Trucks has helped facilitate the modification of California utility rules to give private entities the ability to sell electricity as a motor fuel at publicly accessible charging stations... Read more →


Workhorse Group Inc., a company focused on providing drone-integrated electric vehicles to the last mile delivery sector, has submitted its formal Type Certification application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the HorseFly Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). A type certificate signifies the airworthiness of a particular category of aircraft according... Read more →


New Proterra EV charging solutions enable full fleet electrification for commercial vehicles

Proterra unveiled its new, high-powered charging solution that is designed to enable the electrification of large-scale vehicle fleets. With more fleet operators transitioning to full battery-electric vehicles, charging solutions that can efficiently and cost-effectively power large fleets of vehicles will play a critical role in transportation electrification. Developed in partnership... Read more →


Beep launching autonomous shuttle pilot in 2021 at Yellowstone National Park

Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider, will deploy the first autonomous shuttles at Yellowstone National Park with the National Parks Service (NPS) in May 2021. The pilot program will test multi-passenger, electric automated vehicle platforms to provide visitors a safe, innovative and eco-friendly transportation alternative while exploring Yellowstone. Beep... Read more →


ROUSH CleanTech, known for its advanced clean transportation solutions, is entering the electric truck market. ROUSH is providing Penske Truck Leasing with all-new Ford F-650 battery electric vehicles later this year for deployment across Southern California. Penske has been expanding its battery electric fleet for the past several years. We... Read more →


Danish ride-hailing service Viggo orders 300 Fisker Ocean EVs

Viggo, a technology-driven Danish ride-hailing service, has ordered 300 Fisker Ocean electric SUVs, marking Viggo’s largest single order to date. Viggo, founded in 2019, is aiming to challenge the standards for urban transportation through advanced data-driven innovation, zero-emission cars and Scandinavian simplicity. Since founding, Viggo has built a network of... Read more →


International logistics service provider DB Schenker will bring a total of 36 additional FUSO eCanter vehicles into operation in eleven European countries. Europe’s leading land transport provider is thus strengthening its sustainability strategy and further expanding the use of electric vehicles in its mixed fleets. With these latest vehicles, DB... Read more →


Lightning Systems, a provider of complete electrification solutions for urban commercial fleets, announced that Fluid Truck, a national truck rental platform, will incorporate 600 Lightning Electric vehicles into its fleet, with availability starting in Q4 2020. Fluid Truck enables businesses easily to rent and pick up vehicles from nearby locations... Read more →


Dachser is now making all its deliveries to the heart of the southwest Germany city Freiburg emission-free, using a combination of Fuso eCanters, StreetScooters, and cargo bikes. Taking transportation as a whole, this new service reduces CO2 emissions per shipment by 26%. In the city center of Freiburg, Germany, Dachser... Read more →


Communities throughout California can now purchase all-electric shuttle buses and ADA-equipped vans from Lightning Systems on a new California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CALACT) cooperative purchasing contract. City and county governments, transportation agencies, as well as nonprofits, can order all-electric Class 3 to 5 passenger buses under the program. Vehicles... Read more →


Volvo Trucks North America announced today that third-party supply chain solutions provider NFI began piloting two Volvo VNR Electric trucks as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, becoming the third company to deploy its battery-electric trucks. The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will be integrated... Read more →


Walmart will electrify and zero-out emissions from all of its vehicles, including long-haul trucks, by 2040, as part of its current goal to become a “regenerative company”. Walmart announced it is targeting zero emissions across the company’s global operations by 2040. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are also committing to... Read more →


Endera delivers electric shuttles to ACE Parking for San Diego Airport; Lightning Systems drivetrain

Endera, a technology company specializing in commercial electric vehicles, charging stations and software solutions, delivered 18 all-electric passenger shuttles to ACE Parking, for use at the San Diego International Airport. By the end of 2020, 29 all-electric vehicles will be delivered, making it the largest deployment of an all-electric fleet... Read more →


Worldwide, Daimler battery-electric trucks and buses have already logged more than seven million customer kilometers (4.3 million miles). As part of its electrification strategy, Daimler Trucks plans to offer electric vehicles in all its main sales regions by 2022: from the FUSO eCanter in the light-duty segment, the Freightliner eM2... Read more →


Clean Energy signs deals for more than 20M gallons of renewable natural gas in past 45 days

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced new and extended contracts for more than 20 million gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to accommodate the continued demand across key business segments for the ultra-low carbon fuel produced from organic waste. Alpha Lion, which carries mail for the US Postal Service between... Read more →


Freight operator Dependable Highway Express (DHE) has received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks—the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet. The electric trucks will be added to DHE’s existing fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America. Deployed as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low... Read more →


Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, announced that Estes Express Lines will add to its fleet 50 new trucks fueled with Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG), bringing its total to 71. Estes, the nation’s largest privately-owned freight transportation carrier, is... Read more →


Uber setting goal of 100% of rides in EVs in US, Canada and European cities by 2030

Uber is committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility. The company is also setting an earlier goal to have 100% of rides take place in electric vehicles (EVs) in US, Canadian, and European... Read more →


September 2020 marks one year of Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics partnering as a team after the US based automated driving technology company became part of Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group. (Earlier post.) Now, the Autonomous Technology Group will extend its testing to New Mexico by building up a new... Read more →


Volta Trucks, a start-up electric vehicle manufacturer, has revealed the new Volta Zero—its first vehicle and the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner-city parcel and freight distribution. The Volta Zero will start undertaking operator trials with some of Europe’s largest parcel delivery and logistics companies... Read more →


Citroën is continuing its 2020 electric offensive with the introduction of the new 100% electric ë-Jumper. This compact van is the third electrified van and the sixth electric model launched in 2020 by the brand after Ami, C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, New ë-C4, ë-Jumpy and ë-SpaceTourer. From 2021, 100% of... Read more →


Workhorse enters into strategic agreements with Hitachi and Hitachi Capital America

Workhorse Group Inc., a US-based technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric drone-integrated vehicles to the last-mile delivery sector, announced newly-formed strategic agreements with both Hitachi America, Ltd. and Hitachi Capital America Corp. Under these agreements, Hitachi America and other Hitachi Group companies will provide an operational assessment... Read more →


New Zealand’s Hiringa Energy and US-based HYZON Motors Inc. have signed a Heads of Agreement that secures access for Hiringa and its fleet partners to the supply of hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered zero-emission Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). The heavy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) will be tailored to meet the demanding and unique... Read more →


MAN handed over the world’s first electrically powered armored money transporter to the international security service provider Prosegur at the beginning of August. The MAN eTGE electric van (earlier post), which was converted into a money transporter by STOOF, will be put through its paces during Prosegur’s daily cash-in-transit operations.... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Vans and Amazon announced the largest order for Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles to date: more than 1,800 battery-electric eVito and eSprinter from Mercedes-Benz Vans will be delivered to Amazon starting this year to be used across Europe. The order includes around 600 medium-sized eVito and more than 1,200 vehicles of... Read more →


Bollinger Motors has unveiled its DELIVER-E all-electric delivery van concept. The DELIVER-E leverages the engineering, technology, and components used in the company’s product portfolio to deploy an electric van tailored for the delivery market. The front-wheel drive, all-electric DELIVER-E features an extra low-load floor height and will be engineered to... Read more →


Commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Lightning Systems is lowering the prices of its 2021 battery and fuel cell electric vehicles by 10 to 50% for Class 3 to Class 8 vehicles. In addition to lower prices, zero-emission vehicles from Colorado’s Lightning Systems also will have new features, including: High-speed Level 2... Read more →


Belgian food box provider HelloFresh has received seven Mercedes-Benz eVito refrigerated electric vans with a cooling upfit made by Kerstner. Many customers would like to change their vehicle fleet over to sustainable drive concepts and, especially in urban zones, to operate their routes using battery-electric vans. In order to meet... Read more →


The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) released a new informational guide detailing how industry leaders can incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into their operations and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Coalition also reported that it has a new... Read more →


ComEd to replace all LDVs in fleet with electrified vehicles by 2030

ComEd’s new fleet electrification plan calls for replacing all of its light duty vehicles with electrified vehicles (EVs and PHEVs) by 2030. ComEd will replace end-of-life internal combustion vehicles with plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, reducing fuel and maintenance costs and creating savings that will be passed on to... Read more →


California, 6 automakers finalize bilateral Clean Car Framework agreements

While California is challenging the Federal government in court to overturn the revocation of California’s waiver enabling the state to issue greenhouse gas restrictions on light-duty vehicles, it has finalized with six participating automakers individual bilateral agreements based upon a Framework unveiled last year. Under the framework agreements, gasoline and... Read more →


Hyliion Inc., a provider of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, and Dana Incorporated, a leader in commercial vehicle drivetrains known for its Spicer Electrified technologies, have launched a national program with Idealease to demonstrate Hyliion’s Hybrid Diesel Powertrain to Idealease customers. Idealease is a North American full-service... Read more →