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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

AXIS IOS, a real estate investment platform positioned to acquire, develop, and manage Industrial Outdoor Storage (IOS) throughout the United States, has opened its first EV charging facility in Vernon, California. The site (4441 East 52nd St Vernon, CA) is located half a mile from 4 Interstate freeways (5, 10,... Read more →

Motiv Power Systems has delivered five electric step vans to Shasta Linen Supply, a leading commercial linen supply company delivering linens, uniforms, and other textiles to more than 1,200 business and professional firms in California. California-based companies are transitioning to electric in accordance with the state’s Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF)... Read more →

NREL announces $5M Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the $5-million Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program; the CBPA is funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office). Managed by NREL, the CBPA program provides free technical assistance to create comprehensive and customized bus electrification plans for school... Read more →

BEDEO, a developer of electric drivetrain technology for light commercial vehicles, has calculated that its electrified vans have collectively traveled 60 million kilometers across Europe since the company’s inception. Powered and underpinned by its owned, proprietary e-solutions, including in-wheel motor (IWM) technology, inverters, and battery packs, BEDEO’s electric light commercial... Read more →

The United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled its first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC). Charging stations like these will be installed at hundreds of new S&DCs across the country throughout the year and will power what will be the... Read more →

Kia and Uber sign MoU to collaborate on Kia PBV development

Kia Corporation and Uber have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, committing the two companies to collaborate on Kia’s planned development and deployment of PBVs. (Earlier post.) With the goal of enhancing electric vehicle offerings available on Uber’s mobility platform... Read more →

Siemens adding 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4s to fleet

Siemens AG will supplement its fleet with up to 1,000 leased Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicles. These all-electric vehicles are part of the electrification and sustainability strategy pursued by Siemens, one of the largest and longest established industrial companies in Germany. Siemens aims to make its entire fleet CO2-neutral and fully... Read more →

Daimler Truck is building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks (earlier post). Amazon, Air Products, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will take part in first customer trials, expected from mid-2024, to gain initial experience in CO2-free long-distance transport with fuel-cell trucks. The five semi-trailer tractors will be... Read more →

Partners of the Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative (JETSI) project announced that Schneider has deployed all 50 of its battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia trucks funded through the project, making the company one of the largest zero-emission Class 8 fleet operators in the nation. The JETSI project—an initiative that will ultimately deploy... Read more →

Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Company, and Xcel Energy are collaborating to support the deployment of 30,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports in Xcel Energy service territories across the US by 2030 with most upfront costs offset by Xcel for qualifying business fleet customers. Ford Pro and... Read more →

$100M in New York Environmental Bond Act Funding now available for zero-emission school buses

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million is now available for zero-emission school buses under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The New York School Bus Incentive Program (NYSBIP) provides funding to make clean buses and the associated charging infrastructure more... Read more →

Synop partners with Lion Electric to provide energy management software for electric bus and truck customers

Synop, a provider of end-to-end software solutions that optimize charging and energy management for commercial electric vehicle fleets, is partnering with The Lion Electric Company, a manufacturer of all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Through this partnership, Synop’s vehicle, charging, and energy management solutions will be integrated with LionBeat, Lion’s telematics... Read more →

Grocery wholesaler United Natural Foods, Inc. is deploying two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems. UNFI is deploying the trucks and trailers in the Sacramento and Gilroy, California markets, just in time for the peak holiday selling season. UNFI’s new zero-emission refrigerated delivery system on route to... Read more →

REE Automotive, an automotive technology company and provider of fully by-wire electric trucks and platforms, announced its initial order book value has doubled since late August 2023. REE’s initial order book value is now approximately $40 million with a recent binding order by Midwest Transit Equipment (MTE), a leading bus... Read more →

California meets its target for zero-emissions truck sales two years ahead of schedule

The California Air Resources Board CARB) released a report showing that truck manufacturers are exceeding targeted sales of zero-emissions vehicles and are now two years ahead of schedule. The annual report tracks how manufacturers are achieving CARB’s regulation that established a phased-in transition toward the sale of 100% zero-emissions medium-... Read more →

Vietnam’s Green and Smart Mobility JSC. (GSM) has imported 150 VinFast electric cars into the Lao market in preparation to launch its electric taxi service under the brand Green SM. Green SM plans to introduce electric taxi services in Laos with 1,000 VF 5 Plus and VF e34 electric cars... Read more →

epyx fleet data in UK shows that EV tires are lasting on average 6,350 miles less than ICE tires

New data from UK-based fleet management company epyx’ 1link Service Network platform shows that tires fitted to electric vehicles (EVs) are lasting, on average, 6,350 fewer miles than those fitted to gasoline or diesel cars. The first tire change for electric cars is taking place at an average of 17,985... Read more →

IKEA Austria is introducing five QUANTRON QLI fuel cell electric trucks. The zero-emission transporters will be fueled with green hydrogen from energy supplier Wien Energie. The fuel cell vehicles were developed in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems, the Canadian global leader in fuel cell technology. The entire process from feasibility... Read more →

EPA announces availability of $500M for second round of Clean School Bus rebates

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcedthe availability of at least $500 million in funding from the Clean School Bus rebate competition. This second round of funding will build on the previous nearly $1 billion investment. (Earlier post.) EPA’s Clean School Bus Program was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,... Read more →

$100M available for zero-emission school buses in NY

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million will be made available on a statewide basis for zero-emission school buses in the first round of funding available for these buses under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. By utilizing this funding, school... Read more →

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District’s (METRO) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of 57 New Flyer hydrogen-powered, fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs). This procurement will be the largest acquisition of FCEBs yet in North America. METRO expects to start taking delivery of the 57 new FCEBs in late 2024,... Read more →

Ryder System, a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, has deployed its first BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric vans at four strategic Ryder facilities in California, Texas, and New York. The introduction of BrightDrop’s electric vans within Ryder’s rental fleet marks an important step in the company’s... Read more →

Volvo Trucks North America customer Coke Canada Bottling Limited (Coke Canada Bottling) has unveiled its first Volvo VNR Electric trucks. The trucks are part of a six-truck pilot of electric vehicles to service the bottler’s Red Fleet customer delivery routes throughout the Greater Montreal Area. Coke Canada Bottling was the... Read more →

Daimler Truck AG and its Japanese subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Bus and Truck Corporation announced the handover of the first FUSO Next Generation eCanter (earlier post) to Yamoto Transport Co, Ltd.. The all-electric truck is the first of around 900 Next Generation eCanters Yamoto Transport ordered from FUSO—the largest single order... Read more →

Venice orders 90 Solaris hydrogen buses

The transport company Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita has ordered a total of 90 hydrogen Solaris buses, with 75 of them being the 12-meter version and 15 being articulated Urbino 18 buses. The contract also includes an option to increase the order quantity. According to the agreement, these vehicles will be... Read more →

The municipal public transport operator TPER in the city of Bologna is going to purchase 130 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The delivery will encompass 127 units of 12-meter Urbino 12 hydrogen buses for TPER Bologna and 3 units for TPER Ferrara. The carrier shall also have the right to extend... Read more →

Volvo has delivered three heavy-duty line-haul electric trucks to Danfoss. The e-trucks will operate in fixed routes between Danfoss sites in Denmark, and one of the trucks will operate 24 hours a day, five days per week, without significant charging downtime. The delivery of the three e-trucks is part of... Read more →

Cologne ordering 18 more Solaris hydrogen buses; brings hydrogen fleet to 53 units

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) has announced its third order for Solaris hydrogen buses. With a current fleet of 35 hydrogen Solaris buses, RVK will further enhance its green initiative by adding 18 more hydrogen e-buses in an articulated version. The selected model, Urbino 18 hydrogen, will feature advanced driver assistance... Read more →

Cologne Bonn Airport has switched to Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its diesel-powered ground fleet. Neste’s renewable diesel (also known as HVO100) is made from 100% renewable raw materials, and it is in particular used for powering large and heavy vehicles such as the airport’s fire trucks, which are not... Read more →

Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Company, revealed new charging hardware added to its suite of end-to-end solutions to help make it easier for commercial customers to transition their fleets to electric. The new Series 2 AC Charging Station 80 amp and expanded DC Fast Charger options are... Read more →

Beep Inc., provider of autonomous shared mobility solutions, and Oxa, an autonomous vehicle software developer, are partnering to deploy vehicles driven by Oxa’s self-driving software product, Oxa Driver, as Beep continues to advance its testing and operations across the United States. Marking UK-based Oxa’s entry into the US market, the... Read more →

The Innovative Small E-Fleet (ISEF) set-aside in California’s HVIP will open on Wednesday 30 August. ISEF provides incentives for small fleets that seek to deploy battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Eligible participants must be privately owned or non-profit trucking companies in California with 20 or fewer trucks and less... Read more →

Volvo Trucks North America is working with Linde Canada Inc., a leading industrial gas and engineering company, in an exclusive, one-time pilot, importing five Volvo FH LNG (liquified natural gas) powered trucks to Canada. Volvo Trucks first launched the LNG product offering in 2017 with serial production beginning in 2018... Read more →

Zeem Solutions, an electric vehicle (EV) transportation as a service company, announced a partnership with Hertz to provide fast charging and other services for the rental company’s fleet of EVs at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Zeem’s Los Angeles charging depot, located within a mile of LAX, provides on-site charging,... Read more →

J.B. Hunt to purchase 10 battery-electric, 3 hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 trucks from Nikola

Nikola Corporation and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced an agreement in which subsidiary J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. will purchase 13 Nikola zero-emission Class 8 trucks as the transportation company focuses on its sustainability efforts and reducing the intensity of its carbon emissions. The initial truck order will include 10... Read more →

The Teamsters Union was served legal notice on Monday that Yellow Corp.—one of the US’ largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers—is ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy. Today’s news is unfortunate but not surprising. Yellow has historically proven that it could not manage itself despite billions of dollars in worker concessions and... Read more →

Trucking moved two-thirds of US domestic freight in terms of tonnage and three-fourths of freight in terms of value in 2021, according to analysis by the US Department of Energy (DOE). “Air” includes shipments moved by air or a combination of truck and air in commercial or private aircraft. “Other... Read more →

Intelligent power management company Eaton has introduced a new approach simplifying electric vehicle (EV) fleet charging by eliminating costly cable runs and major modifications to existing parking and conveyor structures. The overhead EV Charging Busway enables fleets to expand and reconfigure infrastructure with no concrete work required—often the biggest cost... Read more →

UK-based energy firm SSE is the first UK utility to trial First Hydrogen’s hydrogen-powered van in a real-life setting, enabling SSE to evaluate the benefits of hydrogen mobility alongside its growing fleet of EV engineering and maintenance vehicles as an alternative to fossil fuels. The light commercial vehicle (LCV) has... Read more →

Moscow has opened the second high-tech electric bus depot in the Mitino district in the northwest of Moscow. The new electric bus depot is more than 9.4 hectares in area—enough for the support of up to 300 electric buses. The depot will serve 23 electric bus routes in Northwest Administrative... Read more →

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is starting its first autonomous vehicle test program in Austin beginning in July 2023. The company will kick off its program with a batch of 10 all-electric ID. Buzz vehicles outfitted with an autonomous driving (AD) technology platform developed by the global Volkswagen Group... Read more →

Merchants Fleet launches ClearCharge end-to-end solution for charging infrastructure

Merchants Fleet, the US’ fastest growing fleet management company, launched ClearCharge, a new offering that simplifies electric vehicle (EV) charging and infrastructure solutions for fleets of any size across the nation. ClearCharge Home, ClearCharge Work, ClearCharge Public, and ClearCharge DropStation are available to clients to support their unique charging location... Read more →

Loadsmith orders 800 Kodiak Robotics self-driving trucks

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a self-driving trucking company, announced that Loadsmith, a leading third-party Capacity-as-a-Service (CaaS) logistics platform for shippers and carriers, will equip 800 trucks with Kodiak’s self-driving technology, the Kodiak Driver. The Kodiak-equipped autonomous trucks will serve as the foundation for the newly established Loadsmith Freight Network (LFN), the... Read more →

Major ridesourcing companies Uber and Lyft have promised all-electric fleets by 2030 in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. To understand the additional impacts of this transition, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Michigan conducted life-cycle comparisons of battery-powered electric vehicle fleets to a gas-powered... Read more →

Volvo Trucks, UMN partner with local fleets for extreme weather field testing of Volvo VNR Electric truck batteries

Volvo Trucks North America is working with the University of Minnesota (UMN) to conduct extreme weather testing for its Class 8 VNR Electric model to analyze the impact of ambient temperature on a truck’s battery life. UMN has teamed up with Murphy Logistics Solutions (Murphy) to test the battery-electric trucks... Read more →

Maersk purchases 25 Volvo FH Electric trucks for container transports in Germany

Maersk has purchased 25 Volvo FH Electric trucks in Germany. This strategic investment highlights the company’s commitment to decarbonizing global logistics and to becoming a net-zero company by 2040 across all business areas and all modes of transport. Volvo’s FH Electric offers battery capacities from 180 - 540 kWh (2-6... Read more →