NEWSNOTES | May 10, 2023
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | May 10, 2023

NEWSNOTES | May 10, 2023

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 / Kimberly Taylor

Kudos to the team that put on the impressive ACT Expo last week in Anaheim, CA. It truly was a who’s who of the industry with organizers reporting 12,000 people in attendance. Many CALSTART members were there including Nikola, WattEV, Volvo Trucks, Hyzon Motors, Symbio, InCharge, XOS and several others mentioned in FreightWaves. CALSTART was there in full force, too, and many thanks to Exro Technologies for hosting our reception. Exro is a clean technology company developing new generation power-control electronics that expand the capabilities of electric motors and batteries.  

WattEV made an announcement at ACT announcing an electric truck infrastructure build project with the Port of Long Beach. The company is also constructing public charging depots for commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). For the past six months they’ve run a pilot test with Nikola battery-electric trucks. Their aim is to reduce charging times and improve energy efficiency. Daimler Truck Group also announced a line of electric trucks in the U.S. under the new brand name RIZON. 

It's quarterly performance time and Lion Electric is reporting revenues of $54.7 million through the first quarter. The company delivered 220 vehicles in the first quarter, up 136 from Q1 the previous year.  Ikea is using fully electric delivery trucks for some home deliveries in Ottawa, Canada. They have two electric trucks that are made in Canada and were purchased from Lion Electric. This summer the company will also use cargo e-bikes for home delivery. 

Motiv Power Systems plans to double shipments of its electric commercial trucks this year by adding 150 medium-duty trucks to roads in the U.S. and Canada. Purolator, Bimbo Bakeries, Giant Food and Aramark are among their customers. 

Blink Charging manufactures charging equipment and provides infrastructure services for commercial electric fleets. They’ve now announced a cooperative agreement with Amerit Fleet Solutions (Amerit) which provides customized nationwide fleet maintenance and repair services. Amerit will provide on-site preventative maintenance for Blink’s fleet customers. 

Scania has tested ABB’s megawatt charging system for next-generation electric trucks. The trial is viewed as a critical step towards the future deployment of high power chargers. Scania expects to provide electric trucks to its first customers with a preliminary version of the MCS standard plug this year. 

You are invited to join industry leaders one week from today in San Diego for CALSTART’s 2023 National Conference. The agenda is available here. Registration online is still available and you can sign up here 



How the ACT Expo Became Trucking’s ‘big splash’, Freightwaves | 

Exro Announces Cell Driver Manufacturing Partner, Stockhouse | 

WattEV Takes Delivery of Nikola Trucks, The EV Report | 

Daimler Truck Launches RIZON MD Electric Trucks, ACTNews |

 Lion Reports Surging Revenues, Financial Post | 

IKEA Using Fully Electric Trucks for Home Delivery, CTVNews | 

Motiv to Double Shipments of Electric Commercial Trucks, Forbes | 

Blink Turns to Amerit for Fleet EV Charging Maintenance, NGT News | 

Scania and ABB E-mobility Pilot, The EV Report | 

CALSTART’s 2023 National Conference |