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Proterra and Freightliner partner on electric delivery truck chassis

Proterra and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) will partner to develop the MT50e, an electric delivery truck chassis. The chassis will offer 226 kWh of energy capacity, 125 miles of driving range, and the ability to support a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 to 23,000 pounds. The MT50e can fully charge in three hours… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Bakery giant Bimbo to build 1,000 electric trucks per year

The dynamics of the commercial vehicle market are very different from those of the fashion-driven passenger vehicle market. When it comes to electric trucks, it’s fleet buyers who are taking the initiative, from Germany’s Deutsche Post to Amazon to UPS. Now the bakery giant Grupo Bimbo has announced plans to build its own EVs. Mexico… Read more »

BMW releases details of concept i4 EV

The long-awaited successor to the pioneering i3 is on the way. BMW has unveiled the i4 Gran Coupe, a four-door premium midsize coupe. The company is presenting it as a concept, but says it will enter production in 2021. The new EV features the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive powertrain—the electric motor, power electronics, charging… Read more »

GM shows 12 future EVs, new Ultium battery system

General Motors opened the doors of its Design Center Wednesday to show off a promised lineup of future electric vehicles to be sold in North America by Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Buick—a dozen vehicles all told, part of the 20 new EVs by 2023 it promised more than two years ago. Sadly, the journalist-only event… Read more »

Workhorse C-Series electric delivery trucks earn EPA Certificate of Conformity

Electric truck maker Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has been around for a while—Charged wrote about the company’s plug-in pickup back in 2017—and it continues to make steady progress. Now the company has announced that its new C-Series electric delivery trucks have each received an EPA Certificate of Conformity, confirming that the new vehicles conform to… Read more »

GreenPower delivers 35 electric buses, reports revenue growth

GreenPower Motor Company, a Canadian manufacturer of electric buses for the transit, shuttle, tourist and school sectors, has announced results for the quarter ended in December. The company sold or leased a record 35 electric buses during the period: 33 of its EV Star Class 4 shuttles and two Synapse Type D school buses. Thirty… Read more »