NEWSNOTES | November 30, 2022
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | November 30, 2022

NEWSNOTES | November 30, 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 / Kimberly Taylor

A round of funding provided by last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will inject $550 million into a grant program that promotes energy efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This week the DOE issued a notice of intent that includes $550 million to develop local programming and to deploy clean energy technologies. 

CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel will be in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday where he will be part of a conversation with the DOE’s Deputy Secretary David Turk, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Executive Director Gabe Klein, and CALSTART member companies Controlled Thermal Resources, Piedmont Lithium, Arrival and Cummins. The event will be held in person in Washington, D.C. at the DOE headquarters and accessible remotely via Zoom. There is room for a modest number of in person attendees. If interested, fill out this form.

NYSERDA has honored CALSTART and several of our members as Grand Prize winners in its $85 million Clean Transportation Prizes Program. 5 out of 10 Grand Prizes involved CALSTART or our members – CALSTART won $8 million for its Freight Electrification-as-a-Service for Transformation (FEaST) project and is a key member of the NYC School Bus Umbrella Services (NYCSBUS) team’s Electric School Buses in the Bronx and Beyond project.  Kudos as well to Volvo Group (Reimagining a Cleaner Hunts Point), New Flyer (Accelerating NY Fuel Cell Bus & Hydrogen Infrastructure, and Revel Transit (Red Hook Recharge Zone) for their Grand Prize awards. 

Fluid Trucks exemplifies the innovation that typifies CALSTART members, and the Denver-based company continues to grow their on-demand truck rental platform for businesses. Deloitte Technology Fast 500 has ranked Fluid as the 9th fastest growing company in North America.

Stater Brothers Markets is a supermarket chain in California which has incorporated its first all-electric terminal tractor into its distribution fleet to help meet their sustainability goals. Autocar delivered the E-ACTT to the center in San Bernardino and provided operator and technician training orientations. The vehicle can operate up to 22 hours on a full charge. The global mining industry is pivoting into electrification and the latest electric truck from Caterpillar is a zero-emission version of their massive diesel-powered 793 mining truck. The company is convinced that it can meet or even beat its diesel equivalent on performance.

Volta Trucks continues to make news having announced an extension of its earlier Series C funding round from February of this year. The company has also completed the first customer driving evaluations of the Volta Zero Design Verification prototype in the company’s European launch markets.

Ready or not, here comes Tesla rival VinFast which is shipping 999 of its 5-seater electric SUVs to California via a Panamanian charter ship. The company is based in Vietnam and their affordable luxury SUV has an entry point of $45,000. The first US customers should have their vehicles by the end of December.

Calling all pizza fans, if you are ordering from Domino’s starting this month they will offer combustion-free deliveries as they deploy more than 800 Chevy Bolt EV’s. Dominos partnered with Enterprise to handle the purchasing, maintenance, and other logistics. GM has slashed the prices on the 2023 model to a starting point of $26,595. 



Administration Announces $550 Million in Clean Energy Funding, T&D World |

Winners Announced in $85 Million NY Clean Transportation Prizes, NYSERDA |

Fluid Truck Grows, Businesswire |

Autocar Delivers Electric Terminal Tractor to Supermarket Chain, ChargedEVs |

Caterpillar Makes Gigantic Electric Truck, Clean Technica |

Sweden’s Volta Trucks Partners with Siemens, Silicon Canals |

Vietnamese Tesla Rival Sets Sail for the US Market, TheStreet |

Domino’s Buys 800 Chevy Bolt EVS for Pizza Delivery, arsTECHNICA |