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Lightning eMotors and Ricardo partner to provide commercial EVs to UK customers

Commercial EV manufacturer Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV) has partnered with Tier 1 supplier Ricardo to assemble commercial EVs for the UK market. Lightning will build fully electric powertrains at its plant in Loveland, Colorado, and ship them to the UK, where Ricardo will assemble and integrate those powertrains into medium-duty commercial fleet vehicles. Ricardo will… Read more »

There’s more! Hertz offers Teslas to Uber drivers for $299 per week

Hertz appears to be taking a page from Tesla’s marketing playbook, using the automaker’s classic “But wait, there’s more!” strategy. Just days after announcing that it would purchase 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022, Hertz now says it will make up to 50,000 of these available for Uber drivers to rent. Uber and Hertz… Read more »

MAN Truck and Bus to transition from diesel to all-electric trucks and buses starting in 2024

MAN Truck and Bus, a commercial subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, began electrifying in 2020. It currently offers a few electrified versions of its trucks, buses and vans. Now the company says it will make the transition to all-electric powertrains, beginning in 2024. In a recent interview with Handelsblatt, MAN CEO Dr. Andreas Tostmann said… Read more »

NADA partners with Chargeway to help dealers inform car buyers about EVs

Auto dealers are a well-known bottleneck for EV sales, but it’s not (entirely) because they’re a bunch of gas-loving Luddites. EVs are unfamiliar to most consumers, and it takes valuable time to explain them to shoppers. Most salespeople don’t have the needed product knowledge, and EV sales are such a small part of the market… Read more »

Ford to invest £230 million to equip Halewood, UK facility to build electric power units

Ford plans to transform its Halewood vehicle transmission facility in the UK, in order to build electric power units—complete all-electric powertrains—for future EVs for the European market. The company will invest up to £230 million at Halewood (including support from the UK government). Production of the e-powertrains is expected to begin in mid-2024, and initial… Read more »

Canadian fleet operator orders 1,000 Lion Electric school buses

The Lion Electric Company has received a conditional purchase order for 1,000 all-electric LionC school buses from fleet operator Student Transportation of Canada (a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America). The purchase order is conditioned on STC receiving a grant from Infrastructure Canada’s Zero-Emission Transit Fund. Through the ZETF program, the government of Canada aims… Read more »

Futuricum’s electric delivery truck makes record-setting 1,000-kilometer drive

Of all the world records in the automotive world, there’s probably none more glamorous than that of the longest range for an electric commercial truck. The Swiss delivery firm DPD, together with vehicle manufacturer Futuricum and tire-maker Continental, recently claimed that coveted title, driving a Futuricum electric truck 1,099 kilometers on a single charge, within… Read more »

Buffalo, New York to order up to 150 New Flyer electric buses

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority of Buffalo, New York (NFTA-Metro) has issued a five-year contract to NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America, which includes a firm order for 10 Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty electric transit buses, along with an option to purchase up to 140 more. NFTA-Metro provides bus and rail transportation services in Erie and… Read more »

Brazilian airline orders 250 eVTOL aircraft

Three major players in the Brazilian air transport industry have announced a partnership to commercialize what they call “an eVTOL ride-sharing platform.” Aircraft leasing company Avolon, Brazilian airline Gol and transport operator Grupo Comporte will collaborate to launch an eVTOL ride-sharing service. As part of the agreement, Gol and Grupo Comporte have committed to purchase… Read more »