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Fleets and Infrastructure

Seattle to install curbside Level 2 public chargers on request

Seattle is home to large numbers of Drivewayless Drivers—those unfortunate car owners who lack driveways, and must use street parking near their homes. To address this problem, local utility Seattle City Light has launched a service that will install public Level 2 chargers at curbside locations throughout the city. Seattle City Light will install, own,… Read more »

EPA announces $500 million in funding for electric school buses

The EPA has announced $500 million in new funding for school districts and other eligible bus operators to begin replacing the nation’s fleet of school buses with American-made zero-emission buses. This 500 big ones represents the first round of funding from the $5-billion investment authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Portions of the rebates can… Read more »

ABB E-mobility increases investment in software provider ChargeLab

ABB EL Ventures, the venture arm of electronics giant ABB, has made an investment in charging software provider ChargeLab, as part of the latter’s $15-million Series A financing round. ABB E-mobility first partnered with ChargeLab in 2020. ChargeLab will develop next-generation software solutions for ABB charging stations. The company’s network services already run on top… Read more »

Shell to deploy 200 ABB 360 kW chargers in Germany

ABB E-mobility and Shell have announced plans to deploy over 200 of ABB’s Terra 360 DC fast chargers across Germany in the next 12 months. Shell says its Recharge network of Terra 360 chargers will be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. The Terra 360 is available in different configurations that can charge multiple vehicles… Read more »

EV subscription service Onto adds Fiat’s New 500 to its fleet

Onto, the UK-based all-inclusive EV subscription service, plans to add 600 Fiat New 500s to its fleet. Onto aims to offer a flexible alternative to traditional car ownership—it currently offers 24 electric models from such brands as VW, Renault, Audi and Tesla. Subscriptions start at £379 per month. Onto plans to offer the New 500… Read more »

Los Angeles Fire Department unveils hybrid fire truck

The Los Angeles Fire Department recently unveiled a new Rosenbauer RT pumper truck during the city’s annual Fire Service Day. Although the Los Angeles Daily News described the vehicle as the US’s “first all-electric fire engine,” it is in fact a hybrid, as a company spokesman clarified in a video. The batteries can operate the… Read more »

ZipCharge’s Go is a portable charging station in a suitcase

ZipCharge, a provider of portable EV charging solutions, has revealed the GoHub, “a community-based solution that can be installed anywhere, at a much lower cost and at a much faster rate, while enabling any parking space to be a charging spot.” The GoHub hosts multiple ZipCharge Go EV power banks. EV owners will be able… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems announces 6th-generation powertrain, 100 new orders

Motiv Power Systems, a manufacturer of medium-duty electric trucks and buses, has secured more than 100 new orders via California’s HVIP program, which offers point-of-purchase price reductions for fleet EV buyers. New customers include Cintas, FedEx, Aramark, Alsco, City Fresh and Great White Packaging. The orders include parcel delivery step vans, retail goods vehicles, municipal… Read more »

California’s Santa Barbara MTD orders 9 battery-electric buses from New Flyer

NFI Group subsidiary New Flyer of America has received two new orders from the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) for a total of 9 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses. The orders were supported by funding from the Federal Transit Administration. MTD provides bus service in Southern Santa Barbara County, California, delivering nearly… Read more »

CPUC approves three new PG&E vehicle-to-grid pilots

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved $11.7 million in funding for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to develop three new pilot programs to test ways in which bidirectional EVs and chargers can provide power to the electric grid and various benefits to customers. PG&E will test bidirectional charging technology in a variety… Read more »