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Fleets and Infrastructure

Allison Transmission to develop electric hybrid sub-system for US Army

Allison Transmission has been awarded a $6.55-million contract from the US Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center to develop its Next Generation Electrified Transmission, which is intended for parallel-hybrid vehicles. Allison will use the funds “to design, develop and test an electric hybrid sub-system in Allison’s Next Generation Electrified Transmission for armored combat vehicles.” The Next… Read more »

Universal EV Chargers secures $10 million in grants to deploy charging stations at hotels

Universal EV Chargers, a division of Universal Green Group, has secured nearly $10 million in government green energy grants, which it will use to help hospitality industry businesses roll out EV charging services for their customers, by defraying upfront installation costs. Universal has also earned approved-vendor status for hotel chains including IHG, Wyndham, Marriott and… Read more »

First drive of Volvo FH heavy-duty electric truck

Volvo Trucks currently offers six electric truck models, and it recently began series production of a trio of heavy-duty e-trucks: the long-haul FH; the medium-haul FM; and the FMX for construction applications. Reporters from the Australian EV media outlet The Driven recently traveled to Volvo HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden to take the heavy-duty Volvo FH… Read more »

All 50 states (plus DC and PR) greenlit to access federal EV infrastructure funds

The Biden Administration has now approved Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans (EVIDPs) for all 50 States, DC and Puerto Rico, ahead of schedule. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, requires each state to develop an EVIDP. Now that these have been approved, all states now have access… Read more »

Proposed California regulation would accelerate fleet electrification timeline

California’s 2035 phase-out of ICE cars has been grabbing the headlines, but other regulations that are in the works could have even more impact on emissions. When it meets on October 27, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will consider putting in place a framework to require vehicle fleets, both public and private, to begin… Read more »

Daimler unveils battery-electric eActros LongHaul truck

Daimler Truck unveiled its new heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul electric truck at the recent IAA Transportation show in Hanover, Germany. The eActros LongHaul has a range of around 500 km, and is capable of megawatt charging, which allows charging from 20 to 80 percent in “well under 30 minutes.” It features three LFP battery packs… Read more »

New Hampshire utility to offer EV owners special rates in V2G program

Utilities around the country are experimenting with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems. Now the New Hampshire Electric Co-op plans to offer its members real-time energy rates that will allow them to earn revenue from their EVs and battery storage devices. The co-op plans to offer members a “transactive energy rate” as soon as the end of this… Read more »

Ideanomics tests WAVE’s 500 kW wireless charger at Port of Los Angeles

Commercial EV specialist Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) has successfully tested WAVE’s 500 kW wireless charging system at the Port of Los Angeles. In a test, WAVE’s system fully charged a Class 8 electric truck in less than 15 minutes. (Ideanomics acquired WAVE in 2021.) Construction and charger installation at the Port of Los Angeles is underway,… Read more »

Pickup truck lovers compare TCO of the Ford F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version

When it comes to a comparison between Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version of the popular pickup, you can probably guess which model we at Charged prefer. But the folks at Pickup Truck + SUV Talk have a little different perspective. Publisher Tim Esterdahl, a self-described “truck guy,” has raised some reasonable… Read more »

Antelope Valley schools to buy 20 BYD electric school buses

California’s Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) has announced plans to buy 20 BYD electric school buses. The buses will be built in Lancaster, California at the BYD Coach & Bus facility by members of the SMART Union. The BYD Type D Battery Electric School Bus has a top speed of 65 miles per hour… Read more »