NEWSNOTES | March 22, 2023
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | March 22, 2023

NEWSNOTES | March 22, 2023

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 / Kimberly Taylor

Transit technology provider Via has acquired Citymapper, which provides a journey planning app for consumers. The Citymapper app, allows users to plan a trip based on the criteria they need most such as arrival time, cost, or transit mode. They want to make the technology available to cities and transit agencies.

Washington DC’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has ordered five buses from Nova Bus, a Volvo subsidiary. Metro is planning for a 100% electric vehicle (EV) transition and the five new models will allow them to collect data and build knowledge on electric bus operations. Pegasus has landed a Purchase Order (PO), too, and theirs is for buses built on a VIA Motors Chassis. VIA is a division of Ideanomics. Hudson Bus Sales of Cleburne, Texas has submitted the PO for 200 Pegasus Valkyrie multifunction school activity buses.

ACE Parking’s San Diego Airport fleet of electric shuttle buses has transported over 1.5 million zero-emission miles. ACE Parking is a customer of Lightning eMotors, a top supplier of zero-emission commercial vehicles. This landmark demonstrates the viability and success of electric fleets. 

Kudos to Cirba Solutions which has announced a $300 million investment in a lithium-ion EV battery recycling facility in South Carolina. Over the next five years they plan to expand the infrastructure necessary to meet the growing demand for critical materials in EV batteries. This is their eighth operational site in North America.

Revolv CEO Scott Davidson and his team has raised $15M in Series A funding. The company aims to enable commercial fleets to accelerate adoption of zero-emission transportation solutions. The company works with fleets to deploy, charge, and integrate EVs into their operations. California-based ZEV Station has taken another step forward in delivering the fastest fueling options to the hydrogen vehicle market. The company has partnered with Chart Industries which has highly engineered equipment used in various applications for clean energy.

FreightWaves writer Alan Adler recently visited electric truck and hydrogen maker Nikola’s manufacturing plant which is an hour east of Phoenix. The in-depth look (complete with photos) at their operation offers a glimpse into their progress and they make zero-emission hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks.

As part of President Biden’s goal of having 50% of all new vehicle sales be electric by 2030, the White House is issuing a call to action to all stakeholders to be part of an EV Acceleration Challenge. Through the Challenge you are invited to make commitments in support of the transition to EVs. Starting this Friday commitments made will be highlighted on a rolling basis. Get started and submit your commitments here.  

Entertain to Sustain is a collaboration between Netflix and General Motors (GM) to increase the presence of EVs and the visibility of climate issues within its shows and films. This undertaking has been going on for a year and it includes efforts to give film and TV creators access to everything from sustainability consultants to EVs for use onscreen.



New York’s Via Acquires CityMapper, TFN | 

US Capitol Getting 5 More Electric Buses, CleanTechnica |

Pegasus Lands PO for Buses on VIA Chassis, Metro Magazine |

ACE Parking’s Fleet Surpasses One Million Zero-Emission Miles, The EV Report |

Cirba Solutions Pours $300 Million Into SC Battery Recycling Plant, Reuters |

Revolv Closes Funding Round for Fleet Expansion, NGT News |

Chart, ZEV Station to Develop Fueling Stations, Compressor Tech|

Nikola Matures as an Electric Truck Manufacturer, FreightWaves

 EV Acceleration Challenge, Council on Environmental Quality |

Entertain to Sustain, The Hollywood Reporter |