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Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association Outlines Steps for Hydrogen Hub Option
NGTNews, Nov. 7, 2022
In pursuing funds from the U.S. Department of Energy for a hydrogen hub in the Pacific Northwest, Washington and Oregon are collaborating to demonstrate the region’s incredible assets for supporting a successful hydrogen hub, including natural renewable hydropower and a history of innovation in the agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, high tech, maritime and clean tech sectors.

GreenPower Delivers First ADA-Compliant Electric School Bus
NGTNews, Nov. 3, 2022
The passenger compartment features a flat floor to ensure excellent accessibility for wheelchairs and ensure that there are no seats with compromised foot and legroom.

EPA Doubles Funding Awards for Clean School Buses
NGTNews, Sept. 29, 2022
In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million, but given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations and territories, EPA is nearly doubling the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million.

All US States, DC, Puerto Rico Get Green Light For EV Charging Plans
Inside EVs, Sept. 28, 2022
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, which was developed as part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides over $1.5 billion in funding for states to build out electric car charging networks. NEVI plans from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico were all approved ahead of schedule, paving the way for new charging stations that will cover 75,000 miles of highway across the United States.

More Tesla Semis Out On Public Roads Prior To Upcoming Deliveries
Inside EVs, Sept 27, 2022
Recent Tesla Semi sightings are getting people excited about the fact that the fully electric hauler is set to officially arrive soon. Tesla revealed the semi-truck in 2017 with hopes of bringing it to market in 2019. After production delays, fans report seeing Tesla Semis on public roads around the country, fueling speculation that the electric truck could be arriving sooner rather than later.

MIT Researchers Find Inexpensive EV Charging Technology Solution
RideApart, Sept. 14, 2022
Three simple elements could exponentially accelerate EV charging.

Clean Transportation Getting Huge Boost from Major Federal Legislation
NGT News, Aug. 15, 2022
The U.S. Senate and House passed the landmark Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), which includes provisions that will directly benefit the clean transportation industry. Key among these provisions is a three-year extension of the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit, which provides a $0.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent credit for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane autogas and other clean fleet fuels. Other provisions include the Clean Fuel Production Tax Credit, Alternative Fuel Refueling Tax Credit, Clean Vehicle Credit & Used Clean Vehicle Credit, and Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit.

TravelCenters Survey Reports Trucking Fleets Plan EV and Hydrogen Investment
NGT News, Aug. 15, 2022
Leaders of the largest U.S. trucking fleets are moving forward with planning and investment in fleets powered by sustainable fuels, according to a new survey released by TravelCenters of America Inc. Fleet companies have begun making investments in electric and hydrogen powered vehicles and expect to continue to do so in the next few years.

Pole-mounted electric vehicle chargers can make charging more accessible, and their convenience may get more people driving EVs
Business Insider, Aug. 14, 2022
Pole-mounted EV chargers can provide more charging access for EV drivers, and their convenience could convince more people to make the move to electric.

Electric Vehicles Are Way, Way More Energy-Efficient Than Internal Combustion Vehicles
Motortrend, Aug. 12, 2022
Out of the 8.9 million barrels of gasoline consumed daily in the U.S. on average, only 1.8 million gallons, or approximately 20 percent, actually propel an internal combustion vehicle forward. The other 80 percent is wasted on heat and parasitic auxiliary components that draw away energy.

You'll Almost Have to Buy an Electric Vehicle if Climate Bill Passes
The Street, Aug. 12, 2022
This legislation will give EVs new legitimacy in the eyes of the auto market, and potentially lucrative perks to automakers and consumers who decide to bet on EVs as their chosen mode of transportation.

Big electric trucks and SUVs are the new gas guzzlers
Quartz
As EVs get bigger, they consume more energy—and, indirectly, generate more carbon emissions.

Partners Collaborate on Fleet Management for Electric School Buses
NGT News
Through the partnership, school districts, fleet owners and third-party fleet management companies can focus on delivering children to school while services including smart charge management, fleet operations, AI-driven forecasting tools and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) optimization are all managed in the background.

Game Changers in Hydrogen Fueling
CTE
Demand for hydrogen fueling capacity is growing quickly as fleet operators discover the benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles in a variety of applications. Continued innovation of reliable, efficient fueling solutions will support the rapid deployment of these fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.

Decarbonizing Medium- & Heavy-Duty On-Road Vehicles: Zero-Emission Vehicles Cost Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
With continued improvements in vehicle and fuel technologies (in line with U.S. Department of Energy targets and vetted with industry), ZEVs can reach total-cost-of-driving parity with conventional diesel vehicles by 2035 for all medium- and heavy-duty vehicle classes (without incentives).

How Much Range You Really Need in an Electric Car
Road Show
The cost of EV range can make buyers recoil from EVs without knowing that their perception of sufficient range, not cost, is the real problem.

Jeep Has a Big Surprise for Ford, GM and Rivian
TheStreet
The iconic off-road brand is about to reshuffle the cards in the market for electric trucks and SUVs.

Could federal funds open the Tesla Supercharger network to other EVs in the US?
Green Car Reports
Tesla wants a piece of the federal funding set to be released for EV charging, and it's willing to open up its Supercharger DC fast-charging network to do it. Cooperation between Tesla and the federal government could help speed the development of a national charging network for all EVs.

GenZ Brings ADS-TEC Ultra-Fast EV Chargers to the U.S. Market
NGT News
GenZ EV Solutions has launched a battery-buffered, ultra-fast EV charger (up to 320 kW) and a suite of services for businesses transitioning into e-mobility in the U.S. market.

Ameresco Participates in Clean Hydrogen Pilot Project
NGT News
Utilizing clean hydrogen production from existing and future renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities, the hydrogen pilot project will aim to provide a low-carbon, scalable fuel source for heavy transportation along the I-10 corridor between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

U.S. Transportation Agencies Issue RFP for Battery-Electric Automated Buses
NGT News/Next-Gen Transportation
This request for proposals represents the first-ever battery-electric automated bus procurement and large-scale deployment for full-sized buses, and was issued by the State of Michigan, which is serving as the lead procurement agency on behalf of the consortium agencies.

BYD Introduces a Unique Looking Electric School Bus for the US with Vehicle-to-Grid Capabilities
electrek
Chinese mobility manufacturer BYD has introduced its new “Type A” electric school bus to transport up to 30 students at a time. This new zero-emission bus is ADA capable and can travel 140 miles on a single charge. And what may be most appealing to school districts is the vehicle-to-grid capabilities of the Type A school bus.

Study: Electric Vehicles Involved in Fewest Car Fires
Kelley Blue Book
Analysts from AutoInsuranceEZ examined data from the National Transportation Safety Board to track the number of car fires and compared it to sales data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. These researchers report that electric cars are less likely to cause a vehicle fire than either gas-powered cars or hybrid vehicles.

Tesla Confirms Cybertruck, Roadster, and Semi Pushed Until 2023
Green Car Reports
Elon Musk said that this year Tesla will focus on scaling output of its current offerings, as the company still struggles (as is the rest of the industry) with supply chain delays and chip shortages.

The Pandemic has been Great for Electric Car Sales
CNN Business
Electric vehicles grabbed a much bigger share of the global car market last year as sales more than doubled despite turbulent economic conditions and a severe shortage of computer chips.

Ford Starts Production of its New All-Electric E-Transit Cargo Van
TechCrunch
Ford has started production of its electric E-Transit cargo vans at its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, with the first deliveries expected in the next several weeks.

Used Nissan EV batteries find new purpose in east Japan train crossings
Nissan Motor Corporation
East Japan Railway Company, one of Japan's leading rail providers, is trialing repurposed Nissan LEAF EV batteries in railroad crossing devices, an entirely new way to combine the technologies used in both rail travel and EVs.

REV Fire Group Receives Arizona Order for Fully Electric Fire Truck
Next-Gen Transportation News
The customizable Vector fire truck allows four hose lines to be in use for four hours on a single charge. Additional features include a superior battery storage solution offering a safer, lower center of gravity and regenerative braking.

Watch Out Tesla Semi, Volvo Trucks Adds Three New Models
Inside EVs
Volvo Trucks (not related to the Volvo Cars company) announced full electrification of its lineup in 2020 and is introducing three new EV truck models. This article includes YouTube videos that introduce these models.

Ford Explores Purpose-Built Electric Police Vehicles
Inside EVs
Ford has announced that as part of its more than $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025, it also is exploring all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles. Law enforcement demand for all-electric vehicles is growing worldwide.

A new electric bus plant in Ferndale
Port of Bellingham News Flash
The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded the Port of Bellingham a $300,000 economic development grant to support Vicinity Motor Corp. plans to build their new electric bus assembly line in Whatcom County. This investment will help Vicinity Motor Corp support the transition to more sustainable transit vehicles in public and private markets.

BP to more than double renewable diesel production at Cherry Point refinery
The Seattle Times
BP will spend $269 million at the Cherry Point refinery in Whatcom County to produce more renewable diesel, a biofuel, and make other improvements that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 7 percent.

Neste acquiring Agri Trading to strengthen renewable raw material trading and sourcing
Neste
Neste is acquiring Agri Trading, one of the largest independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders in the U.S. This agreement supports Neste’s renewables growth strategy to meet increasing customer demand for renewable solutions.

Rivian starts building R1T electric trucks for customers
Engadget
The first R1T EV rolled off the assembly line on Sept. 21, 2021.

See inside the cutting-edge new factory where Ford will build the electric F-150 Lightning.
Business Insider
Ford's first electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, is coming in spring 2022. The company is building a new facility in Dearborn, Michigan, to assemble the EV. The plant is packed with new tech like autonomous vehicle carriers, robots, and charging plugs.

Money and range: Experts note roadblocks to EV adoption
Utility Dive
The smaller the truck, the smaller the battery, which is why fleets such as PepsiCo's target medium-duty vehicles for electrification.

In Pursuit of Green Hydrogen for Trucking
Fleet Forward
As the world looks to decarbonize the transport sector, hydrogen is seen as one of the answers to the question of how to power trucks and other vehicles without harmful greenhouse gas emissions. But for a true zero-emissions future, the upstream process of producing and transporting that hydrogen fuel also needs to be “green.”

Penske, ROUSH CleanTech, and Proterra Announce New Collaboration for Next-Generation F-650 Electric Commercial Trucks
Penske
Penske Truck Leasing is teaming up with ROUSH CleanTech and Proterra Inc in a new collaboration to advance the development of its next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck. ROUSH CleanTech will integrate its advanced clean technology and control systems to leverage Ford's medium-duty chassis and Proterra's battery technology to Penske Truck Leasing, which will be the first customer for this next-generation product.

GM confirms third electric pickup truck ahead of Hummer production
CNBC
GM on July 19, 2021, confirmed it will offer an electric GMC full-size pickup truck, its third such vehicle under a $35 billion investment in EVs and autonomous vehicles.
It follows the GMC Hummer EV, which is expected to begin deliveries later this year, and an electric Chevrolet Silverado. Automakers are bullish on the segment due to the popularity of pickup trucks with fleet/commercial buyers as well as the amount of reported consumer reservations.

Buttigieg, DeFazio test drive electric LTD bus to promote transit infrastructure legislation
Register-Guard
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and local politicians toured Lane Transit District electric buses July 14, 2021, in Eugene, Ore., as a way of promoting new federal legislation aimed at modernizing transit infrastructure. The "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act" is a $715 billion, five-year transportation bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1The bill is aimed at creating jobs and spurring environmental improvements with nationwide transit projects.

Proterra Added to Washington State’s Purchasing Contract
Next-Gen Transportation News
Proterra Inc., a company that specializes in commercial vehicle electrification technology, has been selected by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services as a vendor to supply zero-emission battery-electric transit buses and charging infrastructure under the state’s regional cooperative purchasing contract.

Black & Veatch Leads Design, Construction of `Electric Island,’ a First-of-its-Kind, High-Capacity Public Charging Station Designed for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
Businesswire
As the automotive industry accelerates the delivery of electrified truck models, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE) are teaming up on a first-of-its-kind, public charging station specially designed for medium and heavy-duty electric commercial trucks.

Air Products and New Flyer Five-City Tour in Washington Demonstrates Benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Technology
PR Newswire
During the week of March 22, Sunline Transit Agency provided a New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ from its fleet of hydrogen buses to showcase the benefits of hydrogen in transit. As part of the demonstration, the transit team received training on how to fuel the bus and was then able to drive it on its regular route to get first-hand experience of how the vehicle performed under real-world conditions. Cities included in this tour were Bremerton, Renton, Olympia, Chehalis and Vancouver, Washington.

Pacific Northwest Officials Consider Hydrogen Fuel
U.S. News & World Report
Pacific Northwest government and industry officials are jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon to test if the alternative fuel could be a viable and green replacement for diesel and gasoline, in some situations.

Tesla competitor Rivian backs bill to open up Washington to electric vehicle direct sales
Washington State Wire
Rivian, a California-based Tesla competitor, is backing legislation that would allow “direct sales” of EVs in Washington. If this legislation passes, Rivian and other EV manufacturers could sell vehicles directly to customers without working through franchise auto dealerships.

Shell Says Hydrogen is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now for Biofuels?
Green Tech Media
A Deloitte report commissioned by Shell finds that the heavy-freight sector is increasingly planning for a switch to hydrogen.

All EVs by 2035? Report Shows Roadblocks
E&E News
This study, an update by the California Energy Commission on the state's EV charging needs, is the first to try to game out the implications of Gov. Gavin Newsom's earthshaking order to ban the sale of internal-combustion engines by 2035.

Georgia Tech Team Develops AI to Read EV Charging Station Reviews to Find Infrastructure Gaps
Green Car Congress
A team from Georgia Tech has developed an AI that can analyze user reviews of electric vehicle charging stations, allowing it accurately to identify places where there are insufficient or out-of-service stations.

Could Battery Health Reports Rescue An Ailing Used EV Market?
Green Car Reports
Tech-startup Recurrent offers vehicle reports for used electric cars. Recurrent produces reports that attest to battery condition in individual cars and provides insights about mileage and climate, and how charging habits are related to range and battery life.

Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Transition
Rocky Mountain Institute
Electrifying transportation network company ride-hailing vehicles is critical to accelerating the EV transition. Analyzing 100 million miles of electric and gasoline ridehailing vehicle data, this report offers recommendations to address three key barriers to implementation: technological capability, financial competitiveness, and charging infrastructure.

Proterra Set to Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction
Green Tech Media
Proterra makes EV transit buses, plus drivetrains, batteries and charging systems for growing heavy-duty electric transport market.

Inslee Announces Bold Climate Policy for Washington's 2021-2023 Budget
South Seattle Emerald
Governor Jay Inslee released a package of new climate change policies that will continue to push for cleaner fuel standards and limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in 2018 Due to Transportation
The Seattle Times
Increased pollution from transportation drove emissions higher in 2018 (the latest year that totals are available).

Electric Car Battery Pack Prices Fell 89% in Just 10 Years
CNET
Battery packs for electric cars checked off a milestone in 2020. For the first time, prices slid under $100 per kilowatt hour, and thorough analysis shows prices fell 89% in just 10 years.

Electric Vehicle Models Expected to Triple in 4 Years as Declining Battery Costs Boost Adoption
Utility Dive
The number of electric vehicle models available to consumers is expected to more than triple in the next three years, from roughly 40 to 127 in the U.S. as battery prices fall, charging infrastructure spreads and adoption rises.

US Fleets Cautious About Adopting Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Transport Topics
Hydrogen fuel cell technology will likely roll out in heavy-duty trucks over the next five years, but hurdles remain before U.S. motor carriers will adopt them beyond small numbers of test vehicles.

To Boost Emissions Reductions from Electric Vehicles, Know When to Charge
MIT News
MIT researchers developed a novel EV emissions model to quantify the importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

 

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