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CALSTART launches California incentive program for Level 2 EV charging infrastructure

US clean transportation nonprofit consortium CALSTART has launched Communities in Charge, an incentive program funded by the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program and supported by GRID Alternatives and Tetra Tech. The program, designed to accelerate installation of light-duty Level 2 EV charging infrastructure across California, is open to schools, health care centers, local businesses… Read more »

California’s ZEV battery manufacturing grant program opens to applicants

Clean transportation nonprofit consortium CALSTART has opened PowerForward, California’s grant program for EV battery manufacturing infrastructure. The program is funded by the California Energy Commission, which will provide up to $35 million in grants. It is implemented by CALSTART in partnership with New Energy Nexus, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Yunev. PowerForward focuses on environmental impact,… Read more »

To catch up on electric buses, Europe’s transit firms are working with China

When it comes to the EV race, China hasn’t just lapped the US and Europe—they’re running circles around us. No segment illustrates this embarrassment better than the electric bus market. As Michael Barnard reports in a recent CleanTechnica article, China currently has around 600,000 battery-electric buses operating in its cities. The US (which has 24%… Read more »

The heavy-duty electric truck market could break out in 2024

Electrifying heavy-duty trucks is essential if we’re to fight climate change and air pollution, but the pace of the transition has been painfully slow—many, many pilots, but few truly large-scale orders. For example, shipping giant Schneider acquired 92 Freightliner eCascadias in 2023—a good start, but only that, considering that the company currently operates over 10,000… Read more »

ICCT report: deploying charging infrastructure in key freight corridors would enable meeting EPA emissions goals

A favorite argument of the anti-EV crowd (or perhaps I should say, the crowd that “loves EVs,” but just wants to delay adoption for a decade or two) is a lack of sufficient charging infrastructure. Recently, truck manufacturers including Volvo and Daimler (big EV fans both) asked the EPA for a three-year delay of the… Read more »

California’s electric truck mandates pose challenges—and opportunities—for small fleets

Diesel-powered trucks are an endangered species in California—assuming that existing laws stand, all trucks in use in the state must be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2042, and interim targets will start to bite much sooner. CARB’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule requires manufacturers to make ZEVs an increasing percentage of their annual California sales from 2024… Read more »

American Battery Solutions to supply battery packs to electric bus manufacturer NFI Group

American Battery Solutions (ABS) has signed a multi-year contract with bus manufacturer NFI Group to supply custom battery packs for NFI subsidiary New Flyer’s newest 35-, 40- and 60-foot battery-electric transit buses. NFI is now launching ABS batteries into bus production for customer deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2024. ABS designed, tested and… Read more »

DOE and DOT award $7 million for electric truck charging, hydrogen projects

The DOE has awarded $7.4 million to seven projects to develop medium- and heavy-duty EV charging and hydrogen infrastructure plans across 23 states. The seven projects receiving the money span the country, and address the drayage, regional haul and long-haul sectors. “A clean transportation sector requires vast investments across the entire industry, including to decarbonize… Read more »

New report: over 5,000 e-buses now on US streets

Electric transit buses are becoming increasingly common sights on US streets. A new report from clean transport consultancy CALSTART found that there are some 5,480 full-size zero-emission buses in operation in the US—an increase of 66 percent since 2021—and another 859 in Canada. The entire US fleet of full-size transit buses numbered about 72,700 in… Read more »

How to make heavy-duty electric trucks work in practice

Fleets tested Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractors for three years: Here’s what they learned. Large commercial trucks and other heavy equipment have run on diesel fuel for many decades now. Requirements for more aggressive emission after-treatment and the hardware to achieve that add cost and complexity for fleet operators. Rising fuel-economy standards during the… Read more »