News Notes

NEWSNOTES | May 25, 2022

NEWSNOTES | May 25, 2022

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
Michigan is innovating once again in clean transportation and the City of Detroit in partnership with Proterra has purchased four electric buses. The buses are funded through a federal grant as part of a pilot program. CALSTART member Stantec is fea ...
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NEWSNOTES | May 18, 2022

NEWSNOTES | May 18, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
Kudos to CALSTART member GNA for attracting 8,500 people to the ACT Expo last week in Long Beach. Forbes was there and provides a look at the industry powerhouses leading the charge in ushering in the newest next-generation battery- and hydrogen-powe ...
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NEWSNOTES | May 4, 2022

NEWSNOTES | May 4, 2022

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
The Biden administration announced on Monday a $3.1 billion plan to boost domestic manufacturing of batteries to shift the country toward electric vehicles. The funds will go toward building, retooling, or expanding manufacturing of batteries and bat ...
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NEWSNOTES | April 27, 2022

NEWSNOTES | April 27, 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
It is interesting to see how many new players are entering the U.S. market. VinFast is an ambitious electric crossover SUV from Vietnam and comes to North America from a well-financed startup automaker. Autoblog looks at how they plan to enter the U. ...
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NEWSNOTES | April 20, 2022

NEWSNOTES | April 20, 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Kudos to Rob Delcore, General Manager of Symbio North America for winning a $2 million award from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Symbio will develop a hydrogen fuel cell truck for regional haul trucking. Michelin, too, is part of the award a ...
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NEWSNOTES | April 13, 2022

NEWSNOTES | April 13, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
California’s clean-air regulators have unveiled a far-reaching proposal that would ramp-up sales of zero-emission cars and banning new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. The proposal sets in motion a 45-day public comment process. At least fifteen other ...
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NEWSNOTES | April 6, 2022

NEWSNOTES | April 6, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
Startup Watt EV has ordered 50 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks as they launch their Truck-as-a-Service (Taas) model in California. Their system involves the construction of three truck charging depots in the California cities of Bakersfield, San Be ...
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NEWSNOTES | March 30, 2022

NEWSNOTES | March 30, 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
Happy Wednesday! Today is the day that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) opened. An impressive $196,600,000 is available. Funds are set aside for public transit buses, cl ...
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NEWSNOTES | March 16, 2022

NEWSNOTES | March 16, 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
The Department of Energy is doing their part to strengthen the U.S. supply chain by providing $2.91 billion to boost production of the advanced batteries to grow the electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage industries of the future. Replacing an inte ...
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NEWSNOTES | March 2, 2022

NEWSNOTES | March 2, 2022

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
Ford is reorganizing to separate their electric vehicle (EV) and internal combustion engine (ICE) businesses into different units within the company. Their aim is to streamline their EV business and maximize profits. Ford CEO Jim Farley said the comp ...
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NEWSNOTES | February 16, 2022

NEWSNOTES | February 16, 2022

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
The Biden administration is poised to reverse a Trump-era rollback on California’s authority to allow it to adopt stricter vehicle emissions standards. In 2019 the Trump administration rolled back California’s decades old waiver allowing it to set it ...
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NEWSNOTES | February 9, 2022

NEWSNOTES | February 9, 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
If you’ve been wondering about market growth for zero-emission (ZE) trucks, wonder no more. CALSTART is out with a report that says models of ZE trucks have grown 625% since 2019 and today there are 140,000 pending orders for ZE trucks. Of the truck ...
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NEWSNOTES | January 26, 2022

NEWSNOTES | January 26, 2022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) continues to embrace cleaner vehicles, this time with the delivery of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs). The company has taken delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles and plans to expa ...
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NEWSNOTES | January 19, 2022

NEWSNOTES | January 19, 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
CALSTART is out with a new report that tracks the deployment of electric school buses on a state-by-state basis. The report finds that as of September of last year, 1,738 electric school buses have been funded, ordered, delivered, and deployed across ...
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NEWSNOTES | January 12, 2022

NEWSNOTES | January 12, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
California Governor Gavin Newsom has laid out a $6.1 billion spending plan that continues to spotlight zero-emission transportation. The proposal includes a total of $10 billion in clean transportation funding over six years. CALSTART president and C ...
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NEWSNOTES | January 5, 2022

NEWSNOTES | January 5, 2022

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 /Kimberly Taylor
California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule is gaining traction around the country with New York and Massachusetts joining most recently. The California regulation mandates increased zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) truck sales beginning with Model Year 202 ...
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NEWSNOTES | December 15, 2021

NEWSNOTES | December 15, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The state of Michigan aims to attract large businesses to the state. Toward that end, the state legislature passed a $1.5 billion bill that includes an EV battery factory that GM wants to build in the state. One Senator commented that residents are c ...
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NEWSNOTES | December 8, 2021

NEWSNOTES | December 8, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
BP has taken its first major step into electrification in the U.S. by acquiring Amply Power for an undisclosed amount. ...
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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 Inter ...
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NEWSNOTES | November 10, 2021

NEWSNOTES | November 10, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The UN Climate Change Conference in the UK is well under way as building a consensus on the pace of the transition to zero emission vehicles is top of mind. Today, CALSTART in partnership with the government of the Netherlands have announced a Memora ...
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NEWSNOTES | November 3, 2021

NEWSNOTES | November 3, 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The UK is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) where there’s a focus on the shift to zero emission vehicles. Consensus building on the necessary pace of the transition to zero emission takes center stage on November 10 whi ...
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NEWSNOTES | October 20, 2021

NEWSNOTES | October 20, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Tesla, Toyota and Ford are just a few of the automakers who are tackling global supply chain challenges by spending billions of dollars to make battery cells for electric vehicles. It’s growing so much that AlixPartners projects the investments will ...
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NEWSNOTES | October 6, 2021

NEWSNOTES | October 6, 2021

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Detroit automaker General Motors (GM) is going to open a battery cell research and development center by the middle of next year in order to trim the costs for electric vehicles (EVs). The company recently announced an investment of $35 billion for a ...
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NEWSNOTES | September 29, 2021

NEWSNOTES | September 29, 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Southern California Edison (SCE) is out with Mind the Gap, an analysis of the policy changes and additions needed to ensure California can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Electrifying transportation is just one part of the picture as ...
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NEWSNOTES | September 22, 2021

NEWSNOTES | September 22, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
CALSTART members Volvo and Amply Power are working with Manhattan Beer. The New York City area beverage distributor has deployed five Volvo Class 8 vehicles. ...
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NEWSNOTES | September 15, 2021

NEWSNOTES | September 15, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Other than Tesla, the ninth largest company in the world, who are the next biggest EV makers in line after them? ...
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NEWSNOTES | September 8, 2021

NEWSNOTES | September 8, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The always innovating Amply Power is partnering with the nonprofit WattTime to provide its electric vehicle (EV) bus and truck customers with new decarbonization solutions. ...
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NEWSNOTES | August 25, 2021

NEWSNOTES | August 25, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
First up is the Good News Network featuring member companies eNow and XL Fleet who are collaborating on a battery system to be installed under the floors of its truck allowing for 12 hours more for run time between charges. ...
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NEWSNOTES | August 18, 2021

NEWSNOTES | August 18, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Goodyear Ventures has made electric vehicle (EV) charging company AmpUp happy with the news that they are the most recent seed-to-growth-stage startup they are investing in ...
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NEWSNOTES | August 11 2021

NEWSNOTES | August 11 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Last week President Biden was joined by the CEOs of Detroit’s three automakers where he announced a goal of making half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 emissions-free. ...
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NEWSNOTES | August 4, 2021

NEWSNOTES | August 4, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Ford Motor Company, as well as other companies, will showcase their F-150 electric pickup truck at the White House tomorrow as the Biden administration will lay out plans for new fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles ...
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NEWSNOTES | July 28, 2021

NEWSNOTES | July 28, 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The long-awaited infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate looks like it will move forward, possibly with a test vote this evening. Public transit has been a sticking point for the deal which is expected to cost over $1.2 trillion over eight years. ...
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NEWSNOTES | July 21, 2021

NEWSNOTES | July 21, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
For some time naysayers have repeatedly claimed that electric vehicles (EV) are no cleaner than gas powered vehicles. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is out with a new study showing that EVs produce far fewer greenhouse gas e ...
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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. ...
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NEWSNOTES | July 7, 2021

NEWSNOTES | July 7, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
CALSTART Executive Vice President Bill Van Amburg’s eloquence was on full display last week as he testified before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. His topic was how investing in clean transportation can solve the climate crisis ...
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NEWSNOTES | June 30, 2021

NEWSNOTES | June 30, 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Kudos to General Motors for creating a $25 million Climate Equity Fund, recognizing that climate change doesn’t impact all communities equally. As they move toward an electric future their equitable climate action focus is on electric vehicle (EV) ac ...
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NEWSNOTES | June 23, 2021

NEWSNOTES | June 23, 2021

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
National Grid, a major utility in the US and UK has joined EV100 which is a global initiative where companies make a commitment to switch their fleets to electric and/or installing charging by 2030. For National Grid that means 5,784 vehicles will be ...
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NEWSNOTES | June 16, 2021

NEWSNOTES | June 16, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is signaling a significant prioritization of electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, and connected vehicles over the next five years. DOE has announced that $200 million will be allocated to national labs, subject to a ...
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NEWSNOTES | June 9, 2021

NEWSNOTES | June 9, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Now that was fast. The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) opened to a total of $84 million (half of this year’s voucher funds) yesterday and was fully ...
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NEWSNOTES | May 26, 2021

NEWSNOTES | May 26, 2021

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Ah, they grow up so fast. I remember when Colorado-based Lightning eMotors was just starting out more than a decade ago ...
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NEWSNOTES | May 19, 2021

NEWSNOTES | May 19, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Israeli-based ElectReon has joined the Italian Arena of the Future project to demonstrate contactless electric vehicle (EV) charging. ...
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NEWSNOTES | May 12, 2021

NEWSNOTES | May 12, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 /Kimberly Taylor
Lightning eMotors just keeps growing and that’s not likely to change anytime soon as the company has just gone public. ...
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