NEWSNOTES | December 1, 2021
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | December 1, 2021

NEWSNOTES | December 1, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 / Kimberly Taylor

More than 1,000 auto executives were surveyed recently on the state of automotive transformation over the next 10 years and some of it is eye opening. From the future of powertrains and supply chains to digitalization and new technologies, KPMG International provides a lot to think about.


Talk about transformation, California is out with a new EV and hydrogen fueling plan that includes $1.4B over the next three-years for hydrogen fueling and electric truck charging infrastructure. The scope is broad and includes funding for workforce training and development as well as zero-emission vehicle manufacturing.


Fleet Equipment caught up with Hyzon Motors chief executive officer Craig Knight to learn more about the promise of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The company, which focuses on Medium- and Heavy-Duty trucks as well as city and coach, points to the importance of hydrogen infrastructure to accelerate adoption of fuel cell trucks.


The LA Auto Show took place recently and Phoenix Motorcars used the occasion to launch a new brand, EdisonFuture, which focuses on the consumer market. Many are already familiar with Phoenix Motorcars which is focused on the commercial market. Auto Show goers got to see the Edison Future new pickup and delivery van.


Walsh-Stantec has been chosen by King County Metro Transit in Washington state to help with its first large scale project to transition to a zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet. CALSTART member Stantec is a global provider of sustainable design and engineering. Cities are spending more on public transit programs and tech startup Via is a beneficiary as it successfully raised $130 million in venture capital funding boosting its valuation to $3.3 billion. Via equips cities with software for public transit that delivers on-demand services.


Scooter company Bird got a lift recently as Washington, D.C. extended their permit through June of next year. Bird’s fleet of micro electric vehicles (EVs) is available for residents, commuters, and visitors. The company has been operating in the district since 2018.


Dana has broken ground on a $50M EV manufacturing facility in Amal, Sweden, that will initially produce electric motors for the mobility industry. This adds to the company’s portfolio of global electrodynamic facilities and will the largest of these facilities in Europe.


CALSTART is talking about Prologis because they are one of our newest members. As the largest logistics real estate company in the world, they own more than 7400 buildings in 19 countries. The Motley Fool answers the question about why everyone is talking about them these days by concluding that they are trending because industrial warehouse space is at a premium and the company continues to invest in US and international locations. Check it out here.



Automakers See Sweeping Industry Transformation Ahead, |

California Green Lights $1.4B for Hydrogen Refueling, Hydrogen Fuel News |

A Chat with Hyzon’s CEO, Fleet Equipment |

EdisonFuture Arrives in LA With Electric Truck and Delivery Van, CarScoops |

Walsh-Stantec to Help King County Metro Transition, Metro |

Via Raises $130M to Expand On-Demand Shuttle Business, TechCrunch |

Bird’s Scooters Get D.C. Extension, Mass Transit |

Dana to Build New Electrodynamics Facility in Sweden, Green Car Congress |

Why Everyone is Talking About Prologis, The Motley Fool |