Einride, a freight technology company providing digital, electric and autonomous shipping, has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on US public roads. With this approval, Einride will conduct a public road pilot to support operational flows for customer... Read more →


FedEx Corp. received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors (GM) focused on decarbonizing last-mile delivery. FedEx plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040. The delivery comes just months after BrightDrop’s commercialization of... Read more →


Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has ordered 120 double-deck battery-electric buses from Bamford Bus Company (trading as Wrightbus). These 120 buses are part of a framework agreement which provides for the procurement of up to 800 zero-emission battery-electric buses over a period of five years. The buses—Streetdeck Electroliner BEVs—will be... Read more →


Canada Post has earmarked $1 billion to cut emissions and transform its fleet. With nearly 14,000 vehicles and Canada’s largest retail network of close to 6,000 post offices, Canada Post acknowledges its footprint is significant. The Corporation will transform its fleet to non-emitting transportation, with commitments to reach a 50%... Read more →


BrightDrop, the GM business focused on decarbonizing last-mile delivery, is acquiring fleet optimization software from Marain Inc., a California-based technology startup. BrightDrop will integrate Marain’s artificial intelligence-powered fleet optimization software into BrightDrop’s ecosystem of last-mile solutions to analyze, forecast and identify multi-modal solutions for fleet customers as they plan their... Read more →


Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) a leading US foodservice distribution company, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to deliver up to nearly 800 battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors by 2026. The first eCascadia delivery is expected to arrive at Sysco’s Riverside, California site... Read more →


NI deploys vehicle fleet for ADAS research, improved workflow and data management

NI and key partners have deployed a fleet of vehicles in Europe, the United States and China that will enable ADAS/Autonomous Driving engineering teams to address top challenges related to data volume, quality, access and utilization. The vehicles are equipped with the high-performance in-vehicle data recording and storage solution from... Read more →


Electreon, a provider of wireless and in-road electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, signed an agreement of cooperation with Israel public transportation company Electra Afikim. As part of the agreement, Electreon will provide Electra Afikim with wireless charging infrastructure that will enable simultaneous charging of 30 buses, 24 hours a day.... Read more →


California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), launched in 2009, accelerates commercialization of zero-emission and near-zero-emission technologies by providing point-of-sale vouchers to make advanced vehicles more affordable. Of the 730 zero-emission trucks on the road in California as of January 2022, more than 60% are directly... Read more →


Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero-exhaust-emission vehicles. DHL intends to intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe. The intended order includes 40 electric trucks... Read more →


NFI Industries—a leading third-party supply chain solutions provider—is increasing its investment in electromobility solutions with its latest order of 60 Volvo VNR Electric trucks. The battery-electric freight trucks will be deployed in NFI’s Ontario, California fleet throughout 2022 and 2023, in support of its goal of operating the first 100%... Read more →


Two pan-European projects—the ZEFER (Zero Emission taxi Fleets for European Rollout) and H2ME2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) projects, both funded by Europe’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership—have deployed 100 hydrogen taxis in Copenhagen with app-based taxi company DRIVR. The Toyota Mirais run on green hydrogen from renewable energy, following the installation and opening... Read more →


DeepRoute.ai, an international autonomous driving technology company, announced a leading-edge Robotaxi fleet comprising 30 SAIC Motor MARVEL R SUVs equipped with DeepRoute’s proprietary L4 Driver 2.0 solution. This fleet distinguishes itself from other Robotaxis in its sleek rooftop design, replacing the traditional bulky sensor suite. With a 360-degree view and... Read more →


Penske orders 750 Ford E-Transit cargo vans for rental and leasing fleet

Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 all-electric Ford E-Transit cargo vans. The company is taking delivery of its first several vehicles in the next several weeks. The move follows successfully piloting the vehicles late last year. Penske’s first Ford E-Transit vehicles will be made available in Southern California with other... Read more →


Frito-Lay debuts pilot for upcoming electric fleet in Carrollton, TX

Frito-Lay announced a new electric fleet that will serve the Dallas Fort Worth area, specifically Carrollton. The first pilot Ford eTransit truck has arrived just in time for Earth Day, with 40 arriving later this summer. The trucks will deliver locally and reduce Frito-Lay’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With... Read more →


Heliox, a global leader in DC charging systems for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, announced a supply agreement with PACCAR Parts to support the rollout of PACCAR’s electric vehicles. Heliox will supply mobile 25kW and 50kW chargers to PACCAR’s dealers and customers who are building their electric truck fleets. Heliox Mobile... Read more →


Fleet electrification provider Zeem Solutions has opened its first commercial EV transportation-as-a-service depot in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The depot, a hub for zero-emission vehicle services, is the largest commercial EV charging installation in the US that supports medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. The LA-area... Read more →


USPS orders 50,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles for $2.98B; 10,019 to be electric

The US Postal Service has placed its initial Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) delivery order with Oshkosh Defense at a cost of $2.98 billion. The first order is for 50,000 vehicles—a minimum of which will be for 10,019 battery electric vehicles (BEVs)—approximately a doubling of the earlier targeted EV cohort.... Read more →


A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) will add 300 electric trucks to its North American network, making it the largest heavy-duty electric truck deployment to date. The trucks will be delivered between 2023 - 2025 for use by Maersk’s North American warehousing, distribution and transportation business called Performance Team – A... Read more →


SoCal Edison offering EV grant writing assistance to medium- and heavy-duty fleet owners

The cost of electrifying commercial fleets can be a significant barrier. Although many millions of dollars in electric vehicle grants are available each year to help with the cost of going electric, the grant programs are often complex, and the application process is time-consuming and very competitive. To help medium-... Read more →


On 16 March 2022, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors, along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), hosted a celebration recognizing AVTA becoming the first all-electric transit agency in North America. The 87-vehicle fleet consists of BYD electric buses, New Flyer’s Motor Coach Industries (MCI) coaches, and... Read more →


FTA to award $1.47B to modernize bus fleets and facilities

The US Federal Transit Administration will award approximately $1.47 billion in competitive grant funds from two programs to help modernize bus fleets and facilities across the country. The combined announcement is the first FTA competitive grant opportunity under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). FTA’s Low or No Emission... Read more →


Volvo Trucks North America is introducing two new innovative technology tools to support customers in successfully deploying Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 models into their fleet operations. The new route planning and connected technology tools are designed to help customers maximize performance capabilities and benefits of the zero-tailpipe emission Volvo... Read more →


Israel-based Electreon, a provider of wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology will collaborate with global technical professional services firm Jacobs on select wireless EV charging projects across the US for fleet operators including city and state authorities. Electreon’s wireless charging technology—for both stationary applications and wireless Electric... Read more →


DHL Express is installing solar panel units on trucks within its US pickup and delivery fleet, reducing fuel consumption in markets throughout the country. Equipping 67 of DHL Express’ medium- and heavy-duty trucks with the TRAILAR solar technology is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 kg per year for... Read more →


Siemens unveiled a new sustainable, EV charging concept structure designed for electrifying fleets and high demand charging applications at scale. The new VersiCharge XL concept was created to electrify new or existing parking lots and building structures quickly and efficiently by using a modular, scalable design made in partnership with... Read more →


CALSTART report highlights importance of managed charging for fleets

A new report from CALSTART, written in partnership with AMPLY Power—which is a member of CALSTART— highlights the importance of managed charging for fleets. When it comes to charging solutions, hardware is not the only thing to consider—managed charging is just as critical. Managed charging is a set of tools... Read more →


The French Ministry of the Interior has taken delivery of the first 395 screen-printed PEUGEOT 3008 Plug-in Hybrids for the Gendarmerie Nationale. The rechargeable hybrid systemÚ will now be used in screen-printed intervention vehicles, in addition to a rollout of unmarked versions in 2020. These new deliveries are a sign... Read more →


ABB has increased its stake in InCharge Energy, a provider of fleet electrification services (earlier post), to 60%. InCharge Energy will maintain its leadership team and tech neutrality as it joins ABB’s E-Mobility Division. Financial terms of this agreement were not disclosed. The addition of InCharge Energy will strengthen ABB’s... Read more →


The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will install an innovative clean energy microgrid and EV fleet charging system with Proterra and Scale Microgrid Solutions to help power the agency’s transition to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet, following a grant that was awarded for the project by the California Energy... Read more →


More than 300 customers have plced orders for a total of 10,000 E-Transit vans, according to Ford Pro, the global commercial and government business and brand within Ford. Customers range from one-person van operations to municipalities including the City of Orlando to some of the nation’s largest service providers and... Read more →


InCharge Energy, a provider of turnkey electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for commercial fleets, introduced its latest charging hardware offering: the ICE-180. This all-in-one DC Fast Charger is compatible with all CCS and CHAdeMO EVs and is suited for auto dealers, commercial fleet charging and parking applications where higher-power DC... Read more →


Members of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance presented top vehicle manufacturers, including Volvo, GM, Daimler and Toyota, with a roadmap for developing the types of electric vehicles that companies plan to acquire in the US over the next five years. The recommendations are based upon a new Ceres analysis of... Read more →


SoCalGas adding 50 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell EVs to fleet

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has taken delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV), marking the company’s first purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company plans to expand its fleet of HFCEVs to 50 next month, making SoCalGas among the first utilities in the nation to start... Read more →


EV Connect announced the general availability of its Fleet Charging Management Platform. As a lead customer, the City of Porterville now leverages the EV Connect Fleet solution for advanced capabilities such as real-time charger and vehicle data, automatic and manual charging prioritization, and energy management to help mitigate on-peak energy... Read more →


BMDV providing €20M to support fleet electrification and infrastructure

The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) is investing a further €20 million in the procurement of vehicles for fleets and the development of charging infrastructure as part of its electromobility funding guideline. The ministry approved a total of 86 projects, 36 of them by municipalities and 50... Read more →


Covenant Logistics Group signs letter of intent for 10 Nikola Tre BEVs and 40 Tre FCEVs

Nikola Corporation and Covenant Logistics Group, a total logistics provider based in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced a collaboration that will further Covenant’s sustainability objectives by adding 50 zero-emission vehicles to its fleet. This collaboration includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 10 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and 40 Nikola Tre... Read more →


Saia LTL Freight signs LOI to purchase or lease up to 100 Nikola Tre battery-electric trucks

Nikola Corporation announced a collaboration with Saia LTL Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) company, to accelerate the implementation of heavy-duty electric transportation trucks. This collaboration includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase or lease 100 Nikola Tre heavy-duty battery electric vehicles (BEVs) following the satisfactory completion of a demonstration program.... Read more →


REE Automotive Ltd. is commencing trials of its all-new P7 platform designed for commercial delivery vehicles and walk-in vans. The P7 platform, targeted to a US-based delivery van program, was designed based on functional and operational specifications from one of the world’s largest delivery companies. Fully flat from end-to-end, P7... Read more →


BrightDrop, the GM technology company decarbonizing last-mile delivery, announced it is adding Walmart to its growing roster of customers, and expanding its relationship with FedEx. Walmart signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 of BrightDrop’s EV600 and smaller EV410 electric delivery vans to support the retail giant’s growing last mile delivery... Read more →


New York City to invest $420M in electric vehicles and infrastructure; all-electric fleet by 2035

The City of New York will invest $420 million in electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and alternative fuels to accelerate the transition to an all-electric municipal vehicle fleet. The new investments, the largest ever made in the electrification of a public vehicle fleet, will help the City achieve an all-electric fleet... Read more →


Robotic Research closes $228M Series A to scale its autonomous technology commercially

Robotic Research, a leading developer of autonomous mobility and robotics solutions, today announced a $228-million funding round—the first outside capital the company has raised. This funding will drive further innovation and expansion of Robotic Research’s commercial division, RR.AI, which is focused on delivering comprehensive autonomous driving solutions for commercial truck,... Read more →


bp acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power; first major step into electrification in the US

bp took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of AMPLY Power, an electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management provider for fleets that operate trucks, transit and school buses, vans and light-duty vehicles. This investment is aligned with bp’s plan to scale-up next-generation mobility... Read more →


In collaboration with Nuro, a robotics company transforming local commerce with autonomous vehicles, 7-Eleven is launching the first autonomous commercial delivery in the state of California, enabling its customers in the Mountain View, California service area to order through the 7NOW delivery app to have their products delivered via bot.... Read more →


The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the City of Fishers have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate a free, public autonomous shuttle service on 20 December 2021 to serve the... Read more →


9 national, regional, state and city governments sign up to ZEV Pledge for their fleets; 121,355 vehicles

Nine national, regional, state and city-level governments signed up to Climate Group’s newly launched initiative ZEV Pledge. The ZEV Pledge asks governments at all levels, as well as individual departments, agencies and public sector bodies, to pledge to convert their entire owned or leased fleets, where feasible, to zero-emission vehicles.... Read more →


Corporate EV Alliance calls for US standards ensuring interoperable chargers

A coalition of major businesses, including Amazon, Siemens, DHL and Uber, sent a letter to officials from the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and General Services Administration calling for programs and standards that ensure interoperability and open access at publicly funded electric vehicle charging stations. As the letter notes,... Read more →


Merchants Fleet, the US’ fastest growing fleet management company (FMC), has reserved 5,400 BrightDrop EV410s, the all-new, mid-size electric light commercial vehicle purpose-built for the delivery of goods and services over long ranges, as well as other service applications. (Earlier post.) The announcement underscores Merchants’ fleet electrification leadership position, as... Read more →


Hyzon Motors and TC Energy to collaborate on modular hydrogen production hubs; 20 tonnes per hub per day

Hyzon Motors, a supplier of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles,and TC Energy Corporation will collaborate on development, construction, operation, and ownership of hydrogen production facilities (hubs) across North America. The hydrogen production facilities will be used to meet hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle demand by focusing on low-to-negative carbon intensity... Read more →


15 countries agree to work toward 100% ZEV truck and bus sales by 2040

Fifteen countries have agreed to work together toward 100% zero-emission new truck and bus sales by 2040. Under the new Global Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDVs), Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Wales... Read more →