NEWSNOTES | July 14, 2021
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | July 14, 2021

NEWSNOTES | July 14, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 / Kimberly Taylor

Investor-owned electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched its Charge Ready program which will add 38,000 electric chargers for passenger vehicles throughout its service area over the next five years. 50% of the chargers will be placed in designated disadvantages communities. Last year the utility launched a program for trucks, buses and off-road industrial equipment.

Those numbers are significant and for further evidence that electrification is taking off look no further than United Airlines and regional carrier Mesa Air Group. Each has committed to buying as many as 100 small electric planes from a Swedish start-up called Heart Aerospace which is targeting 2026 as the debut of the 19-seater aircraft.

Loveland, Colorado took center stage recently as Lightning EMotors invited customers to tour their newly expanded factory. Their sweet spot is the ability to scale electric niche vehicle segments that span from Class 3 transit vans to Class 6 box trucks. Their order backlog is 1600 vehicles. Vorza LLC is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) commercial truck powertrain operations in North America. Vorza has worked with sister company Autocar Truck to create a powertrain capable of handling the demands of severe duty commercial vehicles.

So much electrification and so many batteries. That’s where lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle steps in. The ubiquitous company has announced a partnership with micro-mobility leader Helbiz to create a recycling solution for e-scooters and e-bikes. General Motors (GM) meet Pasadena! The excellent news out of Detroit is that GM has announced plans to build a design center in Pasadena (aka CALSTART’s headquarters) that will focus on mobility ventures outside the scope of traditional vehicles. The plan includes spending more than $71 million and will open in late 2022.

Hydrogen continues to trend as Indiana-based Cummins is testing a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine powered by green hydrogen fuel that would have near-zero carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. Last year Cummins unveiled plans for how it intends to ramp up its fuel cell and hydrogen production business in the coming years.

Canton Ohio’s Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) has been a CALSTART member and industry partner for a long time. CEO Kirt Conrad has announced that SARTA is joining CALSTART’s Generation Zero pledge program which was designed to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission (ZE) transit vehicles in the Midwest by targeting 360% growth over the next four years. Conrad said, “When the history of the alternative fuel revolution is written, the people of Stark County are going to have starring roles.” To Stark County!



SCE Plans for 38,000 EV Charging Stations, UtilityDive -

UAL to Buy 100, 19-seat Electric Planes, Reuters -

Lightning eMotors Steps on the Accelerator at Lightning Day -

Vorza’s Electric Truck Powertrain to Expand Operations, MarketWatch -

Li-Cycle and Helbiz Partner in Battery Recycling, Businesswire -

GM To Build Mobility Design Center in Pasadena, Detroit Free Press -

Cummins to Test New Hydrogen Fueled ICE, H2View -

SARTA Joins CALSTART’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Program, Metro Magazine -