ACT News 2017

Electric Drive

Nikola’s FCs & H2 – Perry Named COO

November 19, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, people, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PowerCell AB for the New Class 8 Trucks’ Fuel Cell Stacks,
With Norway’s Nel ASA for a 16-Station H2 Fueling Network
As Nikola Rocks Truck World by Hiring Scott Perry from Ryder

Nikola Motor has named PowerCell AB and Bosch as the primary suppliers of fuel cells for its Class 8 hydrogen-fueled electric truck, and Norway’s Nel ASA “as the sole equipment supplier to create the largest hydrogen network in the world that will cover over 2,000 miles and include 16 stations.”

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Siemens eHighway Runs for SoCal Ports

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Mile Demo Line with Three Heavy Trucks in Carson,
TransPower and Volvo-Mack for the Electric-Drive Vehicles

A diesel-hybrid truck by developed Volvo-Mack, and a battery-electric truck and CNG-fueled hybrid-electric truck developed by TransPower are taking part in the Siemens-led, SCAQMD-backed eHighway project.

A long-discussed idea to use overhead catenary lines to power trucks exiting Southern California’s big ports is moving closer to fruition: Siemens reports that America’s first “eHighway” demonstration is running, with three different heavy duty, electric-drive trucks “hauling freight.”

Motiv-Drive Shuttle for UCLA Campus

November 17, 2017 in campus vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deployment Is to Bring Firm’s All-Battery Bus Tally to 27,
With HVIP Funds, No Extra Cost to Fleet for Zero Emissions

The University of California, Los Angeles, has placed an order for a new all-electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems’ all-electric driveline. Motiv reports.

Mercedes’ Battery Bus: the Citaro E-Cell

November 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Production Is Planned ‘Towards the End of Next Year,’
Manufacturer Says It’s ‘Already Tendering for Contracts’

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit has joined in the drive for fully electric transit, announcing Friday its plans for the Citaro E-Cell, with series production commencing “towards the end of next year.”

LightningElectric Priced, Orders Open

November 6, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Upfits for Ford Transit Are Priced
At $69,000 for 50-Mile Vehicles, $89,000 for 100

Lightning Systems is taking orders for its Ford-sanctioned LightningElectric all-battery version of the Transit van, pricing upfits for vehicles with a single charge-range of 100 miles at $89,000 with a tab of $69,000 for single-charge range of 50 miles.

Thomas Built ‘Jouley’ Electric School Bus

November 5, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EDI’s PowerDrive 7000ev for Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses unveiled its 100% battery-powered school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric, yesterday at NAPT, the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Bollinger Adds a 4-Door All-Battery B1

November 3, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Option for the All-Wheel-Drive Battery SUT with
UQM Technologies Drive Powered by Lithium Batteries

New York States-based Bollinger Motors has added a four-door option to the 100% battery-electric B1 four-wheel-drive sport utility truck it unveiled earlier this year. The vehicle has twin traction motors from UQM Technologies.

BYD Pulls Out the (Bus) Stops at APTA

October 31, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows Four Battery Buses, Including a 45-Foot Commuter Coach

BYD went all out at the American Public Transportation Association meeting in Atlanta this month, hosting its largest-ever transit electric vehicle display there and unveiling the world’s first all-electric 45-foot commuter coach.

Cummins Taps Gillig for Battery Buses

October 30, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Talks Up Its Driveline at APTA and Europe’s BusWorld

Cummins unveiled a partnership for 100% battery-electric buses with Gillig at the American Public transportation Association’s tri-annual gala in Atlanta this month, and two weeks later introduced its all-electric drive to the European market at the BusWorld exhibition in Belgium.

Spartan-Motiv eWIVs for AmeriPride: 20

October 24, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘85 Miles on a Full Charge and Up to 20% Gradeability’

Spartan Motors said this morning that its fleet vehicles and services team will supply 20 fully battery electric walk-in vans with bodies from its affiliate Utilimaster to AmeriPride Services.

New Flyer Launches Xcelsior Charge eBus

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Available as 35-, 40-, and 60-Foot BRT Articulated Vehicles
As Company Opens New Vehicle Innovation Center in Alabama

New Flyer of America has introduced the Xcelsior Charge as “the next generation of its industry-leading, battery-electric heavy duty transit bus.”

Proterra Launches DuoPower Driveline

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly Twice The Horsepower and Acceleration,’
And ‘Five Times More Efficient’ than Diesel Buses,
Separately, Van Hool Picks Proterra Componentry

All-battery busbuilder Proterra has introduced a new driveline for its transit vehicles, pledging that its Catalyst buses with the “DuoPower” brand drive “will now have nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and will be five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus.”

UQM for Lightning on Ford eQVM Units

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Development Funding & the Opportunity to Supply Components’

UQM Technologies is collaborating with fellow Coloradan Lightning Systems on electric-drive vehicles, specifically Ford-chassis vehicles under the automaker’s eQVM/Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier initiative.

Ford introduced eQVM, with Lightning an initial participant, earlier this year as a complement to its QVM program for natural gas- and propane autogas-powered vehicles (F&F, March 15).

UQM, describing itself as the “strategic EV propulsion system supplier” for Lightning’s EVs, will supply such powertrain components as gearbox, electric motor and inverter, “as well as software controls for the EV performance and efficiency.”

‘A Major Accomplishment’

“This collaboration will provide UQM both development funding and the opportunity to supply components to Lightning Systems to support their vehicles as part of the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program by Ford,” UQM says.

“It is a major accomplishment for both respective companies located in Colorado to be in a position to support green technology initiatives,” states the release.

“The synergies that exist between our companies are ideal for the EV market with respect to clean technology, geographic location, and learned experience,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in his company’s announcement.

The CEOs Are Pleased

“This relationship allows Lightning Systems the opportunity to support its current and future growth customers with quality engineered products and excellent customer service solutions,” Mitchell said.

“This relationship will allow us to provide leading edge technology that will exceed our customers’ expectations for high quality and cost-effective zero emissions vehicles,” said Lightning Systems president and CEO Tim Reeser.

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Source: UQM with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



Cummins Buys Brammo Batteries

October 23, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Important Milestone’ as Cummins Develops Battery Trucks

Cummins, the diesel engine leader which late last summer introduced an all-battery Class 7 urban delivery vehicle, has acquired Oregon’s Brammo, Inc., a manufacturer of battery and electric driveline systems.

StratosFuel for H2 Mirai Car-Sharing

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pioneering Program with a Fleet of 15 Toyota FCVs

Southern California’s StratosFuel is kicking off an innovative car-share program using a fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai electric vehicles from Toyota.

TriMet’s First Five eBuses: New Flyers

September 29, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Oregon Agency’s ‘First Move’ Toward All-Electric Fleet

TriMet, Oregon’s Portland-area Tri-County Metro Transportation District, has ordered five 40-foot all-battery Xcelsior buses from New Flyer, the manufacturer said yesterday. “It is TriMet’s first move in deploying a long-term test of battery-electric buses within their network, in consideration of transition to an all-electric fleet,” New Flyer said.

BYD Expands Its U.S. Battery Bus Factory

September 25, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$22 Million for Expansion to 450,000 Square Feet
As eBuses Near Price Parity with Competing AFVs,
IndyGo Orders as Many as 75 All-Battery 60-Footers

BYD, the busy builder of all-battery buses, has completed a $22 million expansion of its factory in Lancaster, Calif. – a former RV plant that’s expected to soon employ more than 600 people, able to produce some 1,500 buses annually.

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