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A new Navigant Research report says the global market of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric trucks and buses could grow from 16,000 units annually in 2014 to nearly 160,000 by 2023. Admittedly, sales today are relatively low for medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDV) but the market is expanding from infancy to something more […]

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Of the perhaps 10 companies working on wireless magnetic inductive electric vehicle charging, Momentum Dynamics says its technology has a few advantages and chief among these is simply that “it works.” The implication that it’s heads above all others is a bold one, but its CEO Andy Daga said it wasn’t the first to suggest […]

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Last week in Indianapolis we had opportunity to drive a Ford E-350 van converted to a plug-in series hybrid by ALTe while learning also of the company’s plans for the alternative energy fleet market. Before retrofitting a 2.0-liter Ford Focus four-cylinder engine/generator, two Remy motors, and 21.6-kwh A123 Systems battery pack, the Ford got around […]

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In the U.S. we more often hear of Nissan’s all-electric Leaf but this week Renault-Nissan announced the registration of the 10,000th Renault Kangoo Z.E. The small electric van’s milestone sale was commemorated by having its keys handed over to Deutsche Bahn’s Gerhard Dech at the Frankfurt auto show Sept. 10. Targeted at European fleet customers […]

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Kansas City’s Smith Electric Vehicles announced that it has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture (JV) with Taikang Technology Corporation in Taiwan. Smith Electric Vehicles describes itself as the leading global producer of all-electric medium-duty commercial vehicles. Taikang Technology Corporation is a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in Taiwan that has twenty-five […]

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