Posts By: Dyllan Furness

California Air Resources Board expands eligibility for school bus replacement

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has expanded eligibility for funding from California’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program. The funds can now be used to replace school buses with a model year 20 years old or older. Previously, school buses had to have a model year of 1993 or older to be eligible for replacement funding…. Read more »

Voltabox to supply battery systems to e-troFit for diesel bus conversions

Industrial EV battery provider Voltabox will provide battery systems to retrofitting company e-troFit for the conversion of diesel buses to electric. Voltabox began providing battery systems to e-troFit in 2019. The two companies recently entered into a long-term agreement. e-troFit’s Conversion Kit 1 contains a modular Voltabox battery system consisting of prismatic cells based on… Read more »

FedEx to install 42 DC charging stations for Chanje electric vans

FedEx will partner with Chanje Energy to electrify 42 FedEx locations in California. The DC charging stations are intended to support daily charging of 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles, which the courier announced it would add to its fleet last November. FedEx will purchase 100 of the vehicles from Chanje and lease 900 from… Read more »

Nebraska’s StarTran buys 10 New Flyer electric buses

Lincoln, Nebraska’s StarTran Bus Service has ordered 10 New Flyer electric buses. The purchase of the 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses was made possible by $4.05 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration. Compared to a traditional clean diesel bus, each 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100-160… Read more »

Daimler launches charging infrastructure program for electric trucks

The E-Mobility Group of Daimler Trucks & Buses is launching an initiative to develop a charging infrastructure for electric trucks. The eTruck Charging Initiative will begin by focusing on charging stations at the depots of truck customers in the US and Europe. The Japanese market will follow. The initiative will bring together e-truck customers, power… Read more »

Electrify America invests $2 million in Envision Solar infrastructure

Electrify America will invest $2 million in solar-powered EV charging stations from San Diego-based Envision Solar. Envision’s EV ARC 2020 charger is equipped with a 4.28 kW sun-tracking solar array, 32 kWh of on-board battery storage, and two Electrify America Level 2 chargers capable of charging speeds up to 6 kW. The EV ARC 2020 is designed to… Read more »

Kenworth and Meritor partner on electric powertrains

Truck maker Kenworth will partner with Meritor on the development of an electric powertrain for Class 8 Kenworth T680E EVs. Offering an operating range of between 100 and 150 miles, the vehicle will be a short-hood day cab in 4×2- and 6×2-axle configurations, as well as a 6×4-axle straight truck. Kenworth General Manager Kevin Baney… Read more »

Canada approves Koben Systems’ GENIUS energy management system

Measurement Canada has approved revenue-grade metering for Koben Systems’ GENIUS, an energy management system for residential, retail and commercial sites. GENIUS serves as a micro-grid controller that can integrate solar, battery storage, wind, generators and EV technology.  Replacing the conventional electrical panel, GENIUS enables control and monitoring of energy consumption for individual circuits. The panel… Read more »

Nickel used in EV batteries increased 39% in 2019

Nickel deployment in passenger EV batteries totaled 59,271 tonnes in 2019, according to Adamas Intelligence, representing an increase of 39% from 2018. BEVs were responsible for 76% of passenger battery nickel use globally in 2019, up from 71% in 2018. The sales-weighted average amount of nickel deployed per EV globally in 2019 was 12.9 kilograms,… Read more »

Greenlots partners with Ivy Charging Network in Ontario

Greenlots, a provider of charging and energy management solutions that was acquired by Shell last year, has partnered with Ivy Charging Network, a fast charging network recently launched by utilities Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The new deal includes the installation of 100 DC fast chargers (DCFCs) at 43 sites along major highway… Read more »