NEWSNOTES | August 25, 2021
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | August 25, 2021

NEWSNOTES | August 25, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / Kimberly Taylor

First up is the Good News Network featuring member companies eNow and XL Fleet who are collaborating on a battery system to be installed under the floors of its truck allowing for 12 hours more for run time between charges. The solar and battery power will be outfitted on electrified refrigeration trailers with solar paneled roofs.

Look for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to play a leadership role, too, in electrifying airports around the country. They have announced $20.4 million in funding for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) and infrastructure. The FAA will be holding a roundtable to solicit public and private sector strategies for decarbonizing the aviation sector.

Octillion Power Systems is a global provider of lithium-ion batteries and has announced the location of their new headquarters for North and South America operations in Richmond, CA. Globally they are in Asia, Europe and North America with a workforce of 400-plus employees. Proterra has just inked a lithium-ion supply deal with LG Energy solutions a subsidiary of LG Chem. The cells will be used to manufacture Proterra’s commercial electric battery vehicle systems and secures battery cell supply to 2028.

Siemens is expanding US manufacturing operations with plans to make over 1 million EV chargers for the U.S. over the next four years. The AC chargers will be manufactured in the U.S. beginning in 2022. Their new facility will be their third U.S. eMobility hub.

ENGIE North America is pleased to announce new fleet customers for transit and K-12 including El Monte Union High School District (UHSSD), Grossmont Union HSD and Victor Valley Transit Authority. ENGIE’s turnkey solution includes everything from planning and design, infrastructure and project management to financing.

Kudos to UPS for helping with health care supply chain issues during a pandemic. Yesterday, the delivery giant announced that they will deliver coronavirus vaccines using drones which have a cargo box containing temperature sensitive packaging and it produces zero operational emissions.

The industry buzz is all about a return to “normal” next week in Long Beach where the ACT Expo is taking place. From what we can tell a who’s who of CALSTART members will be in attendance, including Volvo Group’s Chief Technology Officer, Lars Stenqvist who will shine a light on global plans for the future.

AlphaStruxure will be in Long Beach, too, showcasing their unique Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) approach which delivers reduced emissions, resilient energy supply, and fleet routing flexibility while eliminating financial and operational risks. Nicole Geneau is a Senior Vice President who will be speaking in Long Beach and will also attend CALSTART’s Member Reception which they are hosting with us. CALSTART members who want to be added to the waiting list can contact Megan Fine at (sorry Megan!).



XL Fleet, eNow join Forces, Good News Network -

FAA’s New Grants Would Electrify Airports, AXIOS -

Octillion Moves US Headquarters to Richmond, CA, Green Car Congress -

Lithium-ion Cell Supply Deal Signed by Proterra and LGES, Best -

Siemens Increases US EV Charging Manufacturing, NGTNews -

ENGIE North American Electric Mobility Solution, Yahoo!Finance -

UPS Starts Drone Delivery of COVID Vaccines, Transport Topics -

Volvo Group to Map Out OEM’s Electric, Fuel Cell Plan, ACT News -

EaaS-An Alternative Solution for Zero-Emission Fleets, Global Fleet -