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Tesla Touts ‘Semi,’ NGVA Is Skeptical

November 18, 2017 in EVs, NGVs, Opinion, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pronouncements Grab Headlines and Not Much Else,’ Says Gage
After Elon Musk Introduces a 500-Mile All-Battery Class 8 Truck

New NGVAmerica president Dan Gage came out swinging after Tesla said Thursday that it would introduce the Class 8 “Semi,” touted as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever,” with range up to 500 miles, to the over-the-road market with production commencing in 2019.

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BYD Claims a Battery Refuse Truck First

November 17, 2017 in Companies, EVs, milestones, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First All-Electric Automated Side Loader Delivered in California

All-battery vehicle manufacturer BYD has claimed a world first with Monday’s delivery of a 100% electric refuse truck in California.
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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.
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Phoenix Zeus EV for S. Pasadena Seniors

November 17, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Available via Town’s Dial-a-Ride Program

All battery-electric vehicle supplier Phoenix Motorcars reports the sale of a Zeus 305 shuttle bus to the City of South Pasadena in California, noting that the vehicle is used in the local the dial-a-ride program for senior citizens.
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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.”
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Proterra in Louisiana and in California

November 10, 2017 in Airports, EVs, Fleet Order, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five 40-Foot Catalyst E2 Buses for Shreveport’s SporTran,
San Jose Approves Purchase of Ten for SJC/Mineta Airport

Five 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles for Shreveport’s SporTran, entering service this month, are the first 100% battery-electric buses for Louisiana, Proterra said this week.
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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.
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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.
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Ryder Is Taking 125 Chanje eTrucks

November 3, 2017 in delivery vehicles, EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery Vehicles to Be Based in California, New York, and Illinois

Maintaining its momentum with Chanje, Ryder System said Thursday that it’s begun taking delivery of 125 100% battery electric delivery trucks. Maintenance and charging equipment is to be installed in Ryder facilities to support Chanje EVs in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose, Calif. markets, as well as in Chicago and New York.
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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.
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LA’s Big New Flyers: Both CNG & Electric

October 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model

New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.
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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.
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EVgo Offers an App ‘Empowering’ Drivers

October 31, 2017 in EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘DC Fast Charge With Just the Swipe of a Finger’

EVgo, which now boasts a network of more than 980 DC fast-chargers nationwide, has launched a new app for Apple/iOS and Android devices “empowering drivers to DC fast charge with just the swipe of a finger.”
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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.
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Chanje’s ‘EaaS:’ EVSE via eMotorWerks

October 27, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Energy-as-a-Service’ Goes Beyond Mere Charging,
Part of ‘Four-Pillar’ Strategy for Fleet Electrification

Chanje, the re-emergent supplier of battery electric trucks that’s signed with Ryder for distribution and support, has teamed with eMotorWerks to power those trucks as part of a forward-looking program dubbed EaaS – energy-as-a-service.
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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.
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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.”
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