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Perhaps there’s some magic when applying famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla’s name to an electrified vehicle. Salt Lake City-based startup, Nikola Motor, said in a press release it received 7,000 pre-orders last month for its Class 8 electric truck. That translates to $10.5 million in reservation funds, and $2.3 billion in sales if all of […]

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A charging station newly opened in one of China’s biggest cities is capable of rapidly recharging 30 electric buses, all at the same time. “Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery,” said a representative with the charging station. “Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is spending $40 million to convert its Detroit-based fleet of heavy-duty trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). Steve Beahm, FCA’s senior vice president of supply chain management, said moving to natural gas-powered trucks will provide both economical and environmental benefits. “Our transition to CNG reflects the way FCA US […]

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Both fleet operators and consumers agree: it’s in everyone’s best interest for the EPA to increase fuel efficiency standards for large trucks. For both groups, cutting back on carbon emissions isn’t the key factor driving this attitude. It’s money. That is, this is what two new studies have determined. Data from two the new studies […]

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Lightning Hybrids, which builds aftermarket hybrid powertrains for fleet vehicles, uses a different type of power source for its regenerative braking system. Unlike electrified hybrid systems, which rely on rechargeable batteries to store power from regenerative braking, Lightning Hybrids has developed what it calls a mechanical battery. The heart of this system is its two […]

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As part of a 10-year plan to increase sustainability at the federal level, President Barack Obama is calling for more plug-in and zero emission vehicles in government fleets. Under the Executive Order, which was signed last week, Obama said zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) must make up at least 20-percent of federal […]

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Crosspoint Kinetics has announced that it is working with Morgan Olson to produce hybrid delivery vans. To create the hybrids, Crosspoint Kinetics bolts on its signature Kinetics Hybrid system into Morgon Olson’s commercial-grade vans. A 50-kilowatt electric motor mounts directly to a drivechain and doesn’t require any of the van’s original components to be removed. […]

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On January 20 the United States Postal Service put out a request for bid to replace by 2018 its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles with at least the possibility of an alternative-energy drivetrain in consideration. The present vehicles custom-designed by Grumman Corp., intended to last 24 years, are at the end of this cycle. […]

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A wirelessly charged electric hybrid city bus will soon be cruising the streets of Södertälje, Sweden thanks to vehicle manufacturing company Scania’s sustainable vehicle technology research project. Scania, which has been researching electrification technologies that could supplant or supplement combustion engines, is partnering with the Royal Institute of Technology to test its wirelessly charged electric […]

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Is this a new take on the Indy 500? Not sure about that, but if the Midwest has had less exposure to electric vehicles than, say California, New York, or other regions, that should start to change this year with the influx of state-of-the-art European EVs into Indianapolis. The BlueIndy car sharing program beginning December […]

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