The new bus scored both the highest fuel economy (22 MPGe) and lowest noise (10 times lower, in fact) of any full-size passenger bus ever tested.
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Jay gets to play with all the coolest toys – he’s tested lots of EVs, from SUVs to roadsters to motorcycles. The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features a hot rod for public transport buffs – the Proterra Ecoliner electric bus. Designed from the ground up as an EV, the new bus has been… Read more »
Electric truck makers are having a rough time these days, as rising interest rates make fundraising harder. The German company B-ON, maker of the Streetscooter, filed for insolvency in September. In the latest chapter of Lordstown Motors’ colorful history, a bankruptcy court approved the sale of the company’s assets to its founder. Arrival is undergoing… Read more »
Amtrak has replaced a diesel-powered bus on the Pacific Northwest’s Cascades route with its first electric bus. Amtrak uses buses all over the US to run thruway connecting services, which are scheduled to connect with Amtrak trains. The new electric bus will run between Seattle and Bellingham, filling the gap between the morning and evening… Read more »
Q&A with electric truck expert Rustam Kocher Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles make up a small fraction of the vehicles on the road, but they generate a disproportionate amount of pollution. Therefore, electrifying them is critical to reducing emissions. Furthermore, the case for electric trucks and buses would seem to be an easy one to make…. Read more »
Electric truck maker Nikola is liquidating the assets of battery maker Romeo Power, which it acquired last August for about $144 million. Nikola, which also sources batteries from LG Energy Solution and Proterra, hoped that bringing battery manufacturing in-house would enable operational improvement and cost reductions. For whatever reasons, it doesn’t seem to have worked… Read more »
The market for heavy-duty electric trucks is heating up—long-established OEMs and startups alike are moving on from the pilot stage, and filling substantial orders from customers. During a recent conversation with Rustam Kocher, once Charging Infrastructure Lead at Daimler Trucks North America and now a consultant (watch for the full interview in the next print… Read more »
Electric school buses are not just for blue states. The South Carolina Department of Education will deploy 160 Thomas Built Buses electric school buses over the next year. The deployment will be funded entirely by the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program. Thomas Built Buses and its partner Proterra (which has a manufacturing facility in the… Read more »
Obviously, any fleet electrification project is going to include vehicles and charging hardware. However, don’t forget another critical part of the equation: a charge management system. For many—or probably, most—fleet operators, power consumption is a major constraint. Charging stations that serve large fleets and/or heavy-duty vehicles suck up vast amounts of power. Using charge management… Read more »
Electric transit buses are becoming increasingly common sights on US streets. A new report from clean transport consultancy CALSTART found that there are some 5,480 full-size zero-emission buses in operation in the US—an increase of 66 percent since 2021—and another 859 in Canada. The entire US fleet of full-size transit buses numbered about 72,700 in… Read more »