• Acquiring Minds

    Cummins keeps marching toward leadership of the global electrified power market and their latest news is the acquisition of none other than Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI). EDI is a provider of drivetrains for all-electric and plug-in hybrid buses and trucks. Last year Cummins revealed an electric truck. Their recent acquisitions include Johnson Matthey Battery Systems and battery specialist Brammo. 

    There’s a lot of acquiring going on and two more CALSTART members are next up. Hyliion, the innovative Class 8 electrification company, recently acquired Gentherms battery division. The company has been working to transform long-haul trucks into hybrid-electric models for some time and they’ve used Gentherm battery systems in their hybrid system. Hyliion is based in Austin, Texas. 

    Canadian-based Ballard Power Systems is doing some acquiring of their own in the form of strategic assets of a private company owned by Ford and Daimler called Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. The acquisition helps Ballard by expanding their product and material testing capabilities as well as giving them key production equipment. And, welcome Chariot, the commuter shuttle service which is Ford Smart Mobility’s first acquisition and which just joined CALSTART this week. Chariot shuttles are operating all over and Metro Magazine showcases their latest pilot providing shuttles around the perimeter of the University of Denver campus. 

    BYD has formed a venture to lease electric buses targeting mass transit. Generate Capital, a clean energy financing company and BYD are investing $200 million to buy and lease the buses with a goal of speeding the adoption of battery-powered buses but mitigating the barrier of upfront costs. BYD President Stella Li says the partnership creates new financing alternatives to a larger range of clients. 

    Cherokee Freight Lines, a carrier of food grade commodities has switched its entire fleet of over 200 trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel (RD). Having tested it for almost one-and-a-half years, the company says they’ve seen significant reductions in fuel and maintenance costs. RD is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. 

    UPS and FedEx are not just logistics icons; they are also sustainability trailblazers in bringing new clean transportation technologies to market. UPS is out with its most recent sustainability progress report which includes a commitment to grow alternative fuels to 40% of its ground fuel by 2025. Compressed natural gas (CNG) has been a big part of that announcing a significant rollout a few weeks ago of 700 new CNG vehicles and five new CNG stations.  FedEx is serious about the benefits of platooning using vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. Recently they teamed up with Volvo Truck in North Carolina to demo a three-truck platooning convoy. In an interview with Chief Executive John Smith of FedEx Freight, he said driver experience, fuel efficiency and safety will all contribute to the company operating more efficiently. 

    Curious minds want to know where all of the cool kids will be in early August and the answer is they are attending CALSTART’s High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) in Novi, Michigan. The retired but not so retiring former UPSer (and now in high demand industry consultant) Mike Britt will deliver the lunch keynote where he’ll provide insights on how a major fleet is tying together electrification, efficiency, automation and cyber security. In addition to the U.S. Army-TARDEC’s Brad McNett and Dean McGrew, we’ll be hearing from Achates Power, Roush, AxleTech, and Eaton on a broad range of topics. The one day meeting is August 6 and you can register here at a practically free rate of $50 for CALSTART members and $100 for non-members.

    Until Soon,


    Cummins Acquires Electric Powertrain Supplier Efficient Drivetrains, InsideEVs

    Hyliion Acquires Gentherm’s Battery Division, Trucking Info

    Ballard Scoops Up Fuel Cell Assets of Daimler/Ford Company, NGT News

    University of Denver Partners With Chariot for Shuttle Program, Metro

    BYD and Generate Capital Launch $200M Electric Bus JV in US, TechCrunch

    California Trucking Company Cherokee Freight Lines Switches to RD, PR Newswire

    As UPS Expands, So Does Its Commitment to Alternative Fueling, NGT News

    FedEx Says Platooning Technology Could Revolutionize Truck Fleets, Trucks.com

    HTUF 2018 National Meeting & Technical Exchange, CALSTART

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  • David and Goliath

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a blending mandate for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that is 3% higher than this year. The move has its critics (biofuels groups) and proponents (the oil industry). The oil industry is a fan of the hardship waivers that have been given to them but ethanol and biodiesel advocates point out that the result is the demand for ethanol has decreased by 1.6 billion gallons and biodiesel by 275 million gallons, hurting farmers.

    If Southern California Edison (SCE) has their way, 48,000 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be added in their service area over the next four years. Yesterday they filed a proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to use ratepayer funds for the project. If approved, SCE will also launch and market an EV awareness campaign. In Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has partnered with the San Joaquin Valley Regional Transit District in a pilot that could give the agency a pathway to realize greater efficiencies and lower costs through smart charging and battery storage. PG&E will fund up to five new bus chargers and a battery energy storage system.

    The Chicago Transit Board is investing in electric buses, too, having awarded a $32-million contract to purchase 20 Proterra buses. The contract, which also includes the installation of five DC fast charging stations, calls for the first buses to be delivered by the end of this year. Clean Technica is reporting that BYD has locked in a deal for 37 electric double-decker buses in London. Passengers can look forward to riding on the buses in the spring of 2019.

    With seemingly endless application possibilities for electric vehicles, one California company thinks there’s promise in the specialty medical vehicle market (think mobile dental clinics or asthma treatment centers). Motiv Power Systems has partnered with Winnebago Industries to introduce an all-electric mobile blood bank. The eBloodmobile can run on battery power alone, reducing tailpipe emissions to zero and displacing diesel. Orange EV has the 100% electric thing going on too. The manufacturer of pure-electric terminal trucks has deployed their EV T-Series truck to the Port of Oakland. The Port took advantage of Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) funding to buy the truck.

    Portland, Oregon will be the location of Daimler Trucks new Automated Truck Research and Development Center. The company plans to invest $2.95 billion in research and development in 2018-19 with $588 million of that allocated for e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial vehicle technology. Investment is in the air and Eaton’s big announcement is that they are committing $500 million toward their new eMobility business unit. Over the next five years they will focus on the development of smart diagnostic technologies, intelligent power electronics, and predictive monitoring for EVs. The company cites state and federal emissions regulations as drivers toward making the electrification of commercial vehicles a priority. 

    If you can’t get enough information about the great advancements in vehicle efficiencies, electrification, automation and cyber-security, you need to make plans to be in Novi, Michigan on August 6, 2018 for a one day High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum. The CALSTART meeting brings together industry and military stakeholders with an emphasis on accelerating the adoption of advanced technologies. Sign up here.

    EPA Boosts Renewable Fuel Requirements Which Some Call Meaningless, Des Moines Register

    SCE Seeks $760M to Build 48,000 New EV Charging Stations, GTM

    PG&E Teams with SJRTD for EV Pilot Program, NGT News

    Chicago Gets Charged With 20 Proterra Buses, ChargedEVs

    BYD Locks in Contract for 37 Electric Double-Deckers, CleanTechnica

    Winnebago and Motiv Partner on All EV Outreach, Digital Trends

    Orange EV Commercially Deploys Class 8 Truck to Port of Oakland, AJOT

    Daimler Announces New Automated Truck R&D Center, TruckingInfo

    Eaton to Invest $500M in New eMobility Business, Transport Topics

    High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum August 6, CALSTART

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  • Mark Your Calendar

    A plan is expected to be unveiled today announcing that California and eight other states will lean on auto manufacturers, themselves (ZEV/MOU states) and others to meet market acceleration goals for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The states are also focusing on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. The move is characterized as a response to the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken rules that govern tailpipe emissions. The aim is 12 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030 in the participating states. States include Oregon, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

    Colorado is throwing its hat into the zero-emission (ZE) ring too. Yesterday Governor Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order putting the state on the path to joining 13 other states that have adopted California’s stricter emissions standards. Those numbers keep piling up as National Grid, a northeast energy company, has rolled out their Northeast 80x50 Pathway (i.e. reducing GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050). The vehicle piece of the plan includes getting to 10 million EVs on Northeast roads.

    Happy 115th anniversary Ford! The auto manufacturer is celebrating by acquiring iconic buildings including Michigan Central Station and the former Detroit Public Schools Book Depository. Their plan is to make the new Corktown campus a hub for working on autonomous and electric vehicles. It’s expected that 2500 employees from the mobility team will be working there by 2022. Of course infrastructure goes hand in glove with EVs and Electrify America has a plan to deploy more than 2,000 chargers in 39 states as part of their first investment cycle. Black & Veatch, a leading engineering, consulting and construction company, has been chosen to design and construct hundreds of sites for Fast Chargers.

    Here’s an interesting potential EV purchase motivator. Ride-sharing company Uber plans to reward their drivers who use EVs and operate in eligible cities. For some drivers the reward includes an extra $1-$1.50 per driver trip. Uber hopes to deliver 5 million EV rides within the next year. The cities include Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Cash incentives for drivers who switch to EVs will vary city to city. 

    UPS keeps delivering good news to electric delivery truck manufacturer Workhorse with the latest announcement that they will buy 950 trucks, adding onto an order for 50 of the trucks as part of a test program. Not one to shy away from a diverse clean vehicle technology fleet, UPS is also expanding their compressed natural gas (CNG) program. The company will build five more CNG stations and add 700 more CNG vehicles.  UPS President Carlton Rose cited a reduction in CO2 emissions as a big driver behind their commitment to CNG. 

    Renewable Diesel (RD) manufacturer Neste keeps making California inroads. Stockton, CA-based Fuel Delivery Services (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products, has switched to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. And for those interested in advancing hydrogen technologies, the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather information on high priority areas for research and development as well as determine what regulatory reforms are needed to advance hydrogen technologies.

    Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendar with Off to CALSTART’s Annual Symposium at the Pasadena Convention Center the week of November 6th. Plans are underway to advance critical discussions around accelerating transportation changes across all fuels and technologies. Check out Energy Storage North America, too, as CALSTART will bring transportation into the conversation that takes place with 2,000 global leaders, also in Pasadena that same week. Hope to see you there!

    Until Next Week,


    California and 8 Other States Boost ZEVs, Independent Recorder

    Colorado Will Adopt California-style low-emission Vehicle Standards, Think Progress

    National Grid Unveils Pathway to Reduce Emissions, Clean Technica

    Ford to Move 2,500 Employees into Train Station, Michigan Live

    Electrify America Selects Black & Veatch, Charged EVs

    Uber Teams with SMUD to Provide Incentives to Drivers of EVs, The Sacramento Bee

    UPS Orders 950 Workhorse Electric Delivery Trucks, Trucks.com

    UPS Expands CNG Program, Seeking Alpha

    Neste Continues Making Inroads into California, Biofuels International

    DOE Seeks Public Comment to Develop Hydrogen Infrastructure, DailyEnergyInsider

    CALSTART Annual Symposium 2018, CALSTART

    Energy Storage North America, ESNA

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  • Postal Buzz

    General Motors (GM) is out with their new sustainability report and things are looking good for electric vehicles (EVs). Emphasizing their global scope their lineup will include more than 20 new Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in global markets by 2023. Autonomous vehicles are also a company focal point. They currently have 180 of them being tested in San Francisco, Phoenix and Detroit. And, as if on cue, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group for the industry, is encouraging nine states that follow California’s stringent standards, to do what they can to get more government fleets to purchase ZEVs. Transportation is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S.

    Probably not at dinner parties but for sure at work-related events and meetings, there is increasing buzz around who is going to get the U.S. Postal Service mail delivery truck contract which is worth $6 billion and a potential order of 180,000 trucks. Trucks.com does a great job of discussing everything from the five prototype vehicles in play to what will be the technology priority as well as what impact politics under the Trump Administration’s EPA could come into play. CALSTART members Morgan Olson, Workhorse, and Ford are all mentioned in the coverage. 

    Well kudos to Ryder and Chanje, a partnership yielding another sustainability success story. U.S. –based truck rental firm Ryder has announced they have ordered 500 fully-electric, zero-emissions vans from startup Chanje.  (Ryder had previously ordered 125 vans from Chanje).  

    Eurosatory 2018 is taking place this week in Paris and the USA Security and Defense Pavilion is billed as the premier international defense and security exhibition.  AxleTech, a powertrain solutions provider for on- and off- highway heavy-duty commercial vehicles is there where they unveiled their 5000 Series Electric Independent Suspension Axle System concept or eISAS. The system provides for full battery electric vehicles, fuel-cell range extender EVs, and ICE or turbine generator range extenders. 

    So, here’s a paying homage to Canada paragraph. Audi (not Canadian) and Ballard Power Systems are playing nicely together as they extend their fuel cell cooperation agreement to go out through August of 2022. The HyMotion program works on the development of fuel cell stacks and supporting system design.  New Flyer Industries Canada has announced the receipt of an order from South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). New Flyer will supply the agency with 47 compressed natural gas (CNG) and 11 diesel-electric transit buses.  And finally, a shout out to Brendan Riley, President of Green Power bus who has a lot of happy news he’s sharing with his stakeholders.  Among the highlighted morsels includes the work CALSTART, Sacramento RT and the City of Porterville, California have done together to apply for FTA Low-No funding.

    The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is out with an interesting new study on Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) that looks at how ride-hailing, parking, and car rental services in cities are changing and what that means for revenues, transportation, energy use and infrastructure. The researchers looked at the growth of services like Uber and Lyft and how they are impacting patterns in four major airports that were all finalists for the US Dot Smart City Challenge.

    HTUF (High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum) is back and you are invited to mark your calendars for the 2018 National Meeting & Technical Exchange to be held in Novi, MI on Monday, August 6. The meeting promises a lot of meaty stuff ranging from electrification and automation to cyber-security.  Registration is open (and doesn’t cost much!) so why not lock it in? While there, you’ll have a chance to meet CALSTART’s new Midwest Director Maureen Marshall, but no need to wait that long. Next week on June 21st CALSTART will showcase Maureen along with CALSTART’s new Northeast Director Ben Mandel in a one-hour webinar. Ben and Maureen will walk through the strategies and priorities in their regions. Sign up here for the free webinar.

    Until Soon, 


    New GM Sustainability Report, Detroit Free Press

    Auto Lobby Urges States to Buy More EVs, Forbes

    How Politics Complicate the New Mail Delivery Truck Contract, Trucks.com

    Ryder Reserves 500 More Chanje Panel Vans, Fleet Owner

    Cuts out the Engine, Janes.com

    Ballard and Audi Extend Fuel Cell Cooperation, Electrive.com

    New Flyer Inks Hefty Canadian Order for CNG, Hybrid Buses, NGT News

    GreenPower Letter to Shareholders, NASDAQ

    NREL Studies Impact of TNC’s at Airports, Green Car Congress

    HTUF National Meeting and Technical Exchange, CALSTART

    CALSTART Regional Initiatives Webinar, CALSTART

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  • SustainAbility

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to rescind California’s waiver from federal standards on auto efficiency regulations that allows the state to set its own limits on vehicle emissions. While the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has had several meetings with the Trump administration about the rules, the state hasn’t been given anything to respond to. In a letter yesterday, CARB Deputy Executive Officer Steven Cliff requested a White House meeting expressing concern that administration aims to revoke California’s waiver are contrary to law and decades of agency practice. 

    California isn’t alone in not wanting a rollback of fuel economy standards. CALSTART President & CEO John Boesel is featured in an Automotive News opinion piece asserting that not only would such a move hurt the U.S. automotive industry but it would also result in long-term job loss. Citing a recent survey conducted by CALSTART, four of five suppliers do not want the standards rolled back and they believe the standards drive innovation and send important market signals.

    Talk about market signals, last week the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved close to $768 million in EV infrastructure spending. Three utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) will spend the funds on infrastructure and rebates to support electric trucks, buses and other medium or heavy-duty vehicles. California isn’t alone in EV infrastructure leadership. New York State has announced a $250 million initiative to expand infrastructure. The initiative, called Evolve NY, has a goal of installing 10,000 charging stations by 2021.

    The Verge reports that in addition to California and New York, New Jersey is going big, too, where utility owner Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has pledged $300 million to build out up to 50,000 charging stations. And let’s not forget Colorado and Texas! Charge Ahead Colorado is providing financial support for EVs and charging stations with a grant application deadline of June 21, 2018. And, Texas is welcoming the return of their EV incentive program which offers a $2,500 discount on the purchase of EVs, plug-in hybrids, or fuel cell vehicles.

    Kudos to Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based zero-emissions drivetrain manufacturer which just received a CARB executive order for the Ford Transit 350HD. In California the first vehicles will be deployed by XPO Sales for the LAX Wingate Hotel in Los Angeles. XL has announced sales of 38 hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric trucks and vans to the City of Seattle, Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach. The MPG increase is between 25-50% depending on the model.

    Thanks to grant funding support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Phoenix Motorcars, in partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will replace 29 diesel and gas-fueled shuttle buses at four major Southern California airports with zero-emission battery-electric shuttles. The EPA funds combined with Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and Low NOx Engine Incentives funding means the fleet recipients will get the vehicles at no charge. What?! Yes, learn more about the opportunities through the HVIP program here.

    The newest partnership between 7-Eleven and Toyota targets CO2 emission reductions in Japan. By way of getting to an eventual larger scale rollout of fuel-cell vehicles and generators, the auto manufacturer will deploy two new fuel-cell small delivery trucks in the second quarter of 2019.

    Workhorse, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has an interesting three-month, real world drone package delivery pilot taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is launching drones from its electric delivery trucks to help with the challenges of last mile delivery. The primary goal is data and testing driven as they look at how weather, height and other factors impact deliveries. 

    CA Asks for White House Meeting on Auto Mileage Revamp, Bloomberg

    Suppliers Don’t Want Fuel Economy Rollback, Automotive News

    California Approves $768 Million for EVs, San Francisco Chronicle

    New York State Announces $250M EV Infrastructure Initiative, ChargedEVs

    Three US States To Spend $1.3 Billion to Build More EV Charging, The Verge

    Charge Ahead Colorado, Colorado Energy Office

    Texas Brings Back Its $2,500 EV Incentives, electrek

    Lightning Systems Reaches CA Milestone for Battery-Electric Drivetrain Package, NGT News

    West Coast Fleets Deploy XL Hybrid Electric Technology, Green Car Congress

    SCAQMD & Phoenix Motorcars Awarded EPA Airshed Grant, Phoenix Motorcars

    California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, HVIP

    Toyota Launches New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Initiative, Drive

    Drone Delivery Gets Left With Workhorse Test and National FAA, Trucks.com

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  • Next Generation Escape

    Air regulators and the trucking industry are on the same side when it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) march to lift an Obama-era ban on a class of rebuilt diesel trucks that emit 400 times the soot that conventional new big rigs do, causing up to 1600 premature deaths. The EPA defended the move citing a privately funded study which has even the authors casting doubt on the findings. 

    Meanwhile, the European Union’s (EU) Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska has declared that Diesel cars are finished. She cites the VW scandal’s impact on changing people’s emotions about the importance of cleaner cars and a possible technological revolution in road transport.  Time will tell but a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds significant shifts in the years ahead to electric vehicle (EV) adoption. The world’s EV fleet grew 54% to 3.1 million vehicles in 2017 and IEA is projecting that that the market will grow to 125 million by 2030. The key to growth is government policies that encourage drivers, fleets and municipalities to purchase EVs. 

    Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Friday approved their plan for how to spend the $423 million in funding from the VW scandal settlement. The largest allocations are for cleaning up heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). The biggest allocation is $130 million for zero-emission shuttle buses, school buses and transit. The smallest allocation is $10 million for light-duty vehicle (LDV) infrastructure.

    From fuels to new technologies, emission reduction solutions abound. Renewable Diesel (RD) has gained significant traction in California and now the city of San Leandro is going to use 100% RD, provided by Neste. The low carbon bio-diesel is expected to reduce city greenhouse gas emissions up to 80%. 

    Anyone who knows Motiv Power Systems chief Jim Castelaz won’t be surprised that he chose pollution as his topic in first grade for his project on solving community issues. His solution? “Make electric cars,” and so he does. Trucks.com shines a spotlight on the company which develops and builds electric powertrains and zero-emission electric chassis for medium-duty trucks and buses.  CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg observed how critical it is for the traditional vehicle industry to have these new suppliers as partners.

    Lightning Systems, which has zero-emission solutions for commercial fleets is announcing the expansion of their Lightning Electric Ford Transit product line. Their battery-electric drivetrain package for the HD Ford Transit will include a 150-mile-range version, adding to the 50-mile and 100-mile versions. Might Ford Motor be adding a next generation Escape to include a plug-in hybrid model? Autoblog speculates that the answer is yes and that the Escape PHEV will have an electric range of somewhere between 22 to 26 miles.

    Time to get out your calendar. On June 6 the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research and Engineering Center (TARDEC) launches a Vehicle Electrification Forum. Contact mmarshall@calstart.org for more information. That will be followed by the June 11-15, 2018 Cyber Truck Challenge in Warren, Michigan where more than 35 students will participate in cyber security learning and assessments. Their tag line says it all, “Connecting next generation talent with the heavy duty industry to keep vehicles secure.”  Details are available here

    For transit types, the California ARB will hold a workshop on June 13 in Sacramento, CA to discuss the proposal for Innovative Clean Transit (ICT). The proposal calls for a transition to zero-emission technologies. 

    Until Next Week,


    EPA Used Disavowed Research to Allow Dirtier Trucks on the Road, LA Times

    EU Regulator Calls the End of Diesel in Several Years, Bloomberg

    EVs to Grow to 125 Million by 2030, CNBC

    California Regulators Approve $423M for Clean Transportation, SF Chronicle

    Another California City Switches to Renewable Diesel, Bio-Based World News

    Motiv Poised to Profit as Demand Grows, Trucks.com

    Lightning Electric for Ford Transit Expands to Longer Ranges, NGTNews

    Ford Escape with Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain, Autoblog

    Cyber Truck Challenge

    California ARB Schedules Public Workshop on ICT Proposal, Green Car Congress

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  • Queen of the Hill

    A letter from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), representing 12 car companies, to the Trump Administration was made public earlier this week. The plea urged the White House to cooperate with California and voiced support for the continued alignment between federal mileage standards and those set by California. Writing “Climate change is real,” the AAM asked that California continue to lead the discussion on efficiency requirements. And today’s Queen of the Hill is none other than Mary Nichols, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Nichols is in Washington today for a discussion with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the efficiency targets. Oh, to be in the room. Click on the link to read her colorful candor regarding the standards in advance of a Symposium in LA last week.

    Can zero-emission trucks replace diesel? A new demo funded by CARB is testing that out as part of a 3-year feasibility study that includes a battery-electric BYD 8TT truck tested for short-haul operations by GSC Logistics, a truck operator in California. It will be used at the Port of Oakland. And, in Ohio, Workhorse Group is demonstrating their leadership in using drones for package delivery. Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Loveland, Ohio, they are piloting a program with their drones that can deliver a 10-pound package, fly at a speed up to 50 MPH and stay airborne for half an hour.

    Earlier this year, UPS announced they’ll be adding 50 Workhorse electric trucks to its US fleet. The delivery giant is also working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 futuristic looking lightweight electric trucks guaranteed to elicit an aw.  They will be tested in Paris and London. Electrification is also top of mind for Volvo which is making a big splash with electric delivery and refuse trucks that will be available in Europe next year. The trucks are designed for city operation. They are quiet and have no tailpipe exhaust emissions. Volvo’s plans call for a range of fully-electric trucks.

    Zero-emission bus manufacturer (and new CALSTART member!) Lion Electric is deploying 13 of their all electric school buses throughout Canada. In the past two years Lion has deployed 150 buses across North America. And, Michigan-based Champion Bus and California-based Motiv Power Systems have a new fully electric shuttle bus built on a Motiv EPIC 4 Series Dearborn chassis. The new shuttle bus is reported to realize an 85% reduction in operating costs and a 66% reduction in maintenance costs.  Because of customer demand for electric vehicles Champion is moving into electric buses. 

    Speaking of champions, there are two worthy of recent note. Kudos to transit bus and motor coach manufacturer New Flyer which is celebrating their 10,000th delivery of its Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus. The occasion was marked with the delivery of a 60-foot, hybrid diesel-electric bus to King County Metro in Seattle. And, earlier this month at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), which is in Canton, Ohio, was the recipient of the Transit and Mobility Award. The award is given for leadership in sustainable transport. 

    And, in case you missed it CALSTART has an important “Save the Date” reminder. Please plan to be in Pasadena, CA from November 6-8, 2018. November 6 is the date of CALSTART’s Annual Symposium where we’ll focus on building clean transportation technology markets across America and globally. CALSTART is pleased that for the first time our event is co-located  with the six-year old  Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Expo and meeting which takes place November 7-8 and will feature a robust mobility track as well as an Expo. Registration is open for both events. 

    Until Next Week,


    Automakers Tell White House Climate Change is Real, The Hill

    Trump Car-Emission Plan Meets Nichols, Bloomberg

    Port of Oakland Tries Out Battery Electric Truck, NGT News

    Workhorse Group’s Drones Delivering Packages in Ohio, Digital Trends

    UPS Has New Electric Trucks That Look Straight Out of a Pixar Movie, engadget

    Volvo Blasts into Electric Trucks, CleanTechnica

    Lion Electric Buses for Canada’s Largest School Bus Deployment, School Transportation News

    Motiv Deploys Industry-First OEM-Integrated Shuttle, CleanTechnica

    New Flyer Landmark Celebration, EnerCom

    SARTA Earns Recognition for Sustainable Transportation, CantonRep

    CALSTART’s Annual Symposium 2018, CALSTART

    ESNA 2018, ESNA

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  • Fueling Groovy

    California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are not on the same page as the EPA advances the conversation about freezing fuel economy standards at the 2020 level. There are reports that the Administration has agreed to talk to and negotiate with California. ICF, a consulting firm, recently released a report saying the pathway for electric vehicles (EVs) is well underway and EPA action isn’t likely to impact the long-term market transformation.

    Infrastructure providers continue to do their part to make the EV market work. ClipperCreek has introduced pre-owned chargers that come complete with a one-year warranty and pricing that begins at $300. And, kudos to LA-based Greenlots, an EV charging and grid management software provider. The company was recently honored with a bronze medal at the 2018 Edison Awards in the category of energy and sustainability. 

    A partnership between Schwan’s Home Service (national food delivery company) and Roush CleanTech will result in the former deploying 600 propane autogas fueled vehicles by years end. Neste MY Renewable Diesel (RD) is celebrating an accomplishment of a different sort claiming sales of 1 billion gallons of renewable diesel in North America since 2012. The fuel emits 80% less carbon compared to petroleum diesel and California sightseeing cruise company Red and White Fleet has switched their entire fleet to RD. The City of Oakland is on board too having switched their 366 diesel powered vehicles to RD in 2015. Oakland Fleet Manager Richard Battersby says other than availability in some areas there hasn’t been a single downside. Lest you think this is only a California thing, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) will be using RD for more than 1,000 city vehicles such as sanitation trucks. Their RD is provided by Renewable Energy Group (REG). 

    Trillium CNG has changed its name to “Trillium” reflecting their expansion into other markets. Their portfolio now includes EV charging and hydrogen fueling. The company is planning to provide EV charging at three Love’s Travel Stops in California. 

    California’s ambitious zero-emission vehicle deployment goals require rigor around the rollout of infrastructure alternatives. Toward that end, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has published a report looking at plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) infrastructure needs related to light-duty vehicles and primarily in residential areas. Their findings provide an infrastructure solution that promotes market growth while meeting state Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) goals by 2025. 

    There’s a lot of port activity going on in California related to the development of new and clean goods-movement technologies. The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have issued a Call for Projects for vessels, trucks, trains, terminal equipment and harbor craft. Concept papers are due May 22 (next Tuesday). 

    CALSTART is pleased to announce our partnership with Energy Storage North America (ESNA) as we have agreed to co-locate two energy industry events in Pasadena, CA from November 6-8. November 6 is CALSTART’s Annual Symposium and on November 7 and 8 we will partner with ESNA in highlighting clean transportation, policy and infrastructure innovations as part of ESNA’s annual showcase of grid storage and energy technologies. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available and registration is now open.

    CALSTART is also pleased to be participating in Roadmap 11, a large, annual conference on electric and smart mobility taking place June 19-20, 2018 in Portland, OR. As a Community Partner of the Roadmap Conference, organizers have extended a discount to NewsNotes readers. You can use code CALSTART75 which is good for $75 off of the registration fee. Click here to save and here to view the program. 

    Can the EV Push Defy a CAFÉ Standards Rollback?, Greentech Media

    ClipperCreek Offers Pre-Owned Charging Stations, Charged EVs

    Greenlots Wins 2018 Edison Award, Cision

    Food Delivery Company Adopting 600 Propane Autogas Trucks, NGT News

    Neste Announces Agreements With Red & White Fleet, Green Car Congress

    Oakland and RD: Not a Single Downside, NGT News

    NYC to Use REG RD in more than 1,000 City Vehicles, Green Car Congress

    Trillium Shortens Name, Expands Company, Fleet Owner

    CEC Infrastructure Projections Report, California Energy Commission

    California Ports 2018 Call for Projects, Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

    ESNA and CALSTART Partner on Energy Storage and Transportation, Pasadena Now

    CALSTART’s Annual Symposium: 2018, CALSTART

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  • Revolution Now

    Last week’s news focused a lot on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to weaken fuel economy standards that were put in place by the Obama administration. Stanford University professor of environmental law, Deborah Sivas, offers a clear history of the California waiver that allows the state to have stricter fuel economy standards than the rest of the country. She allows that the impacts of a rollback could be significant and thwart the innovations in vehicle and infrastructure advances that have been made. 

    The Natural Resources Defense Council has stepped in to provide EV technology reporting in lieu of the Department of Energy (DOE) doing away with regular reporting on four clean energy technologies including electric vehicles (EVs). The NRDC has launched a website called Revolution Now that aims to duplicate the data that had been compiled by DOE including facts like 195,000 plug-in vehicles (PHEVs) were sold last year and the cost of lithium-ion batteries has decreased by 79% since 2010. 

    CALSTART is part of a team with utility company Hawaiian Electric and is helping them create their Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap.  The utility wants to generate 100% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2045 and that includes powering their light-duty vehicles (LDVs) from clean sources. The state already has 7,000 registered EVs.

    Kudos to Colorado-based Lightning Systems which has won an award from the Colorado Manufacturing Association (CMA) for developing hydraulic-hybrid and electric powertrains for mid-sized trucks and buses. This is the third year that CMA has honored manufacturers with the award which acknowledges business success, manufacturing acumen, and contributions to the industry in Colorado. 

    Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) has a new product in the marketplace as they’ve announced a compressed natural gas (CNG) PHEV for agricultural work applications. Their EDI PowerDrive 4000 is in a Class-4 General Motors Low Cab Forward platform. The truck is to be operated in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) in California.  New York City Transit has pegged Love’s Trillium CNG for maintenance and operations services for six existing CNG fueling facilities. They were awarded a seven-year contract by New York City Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Trillium CNG has partnered with NYC Transit for the past 16 years.

    For those in the SJV who are interested in natural gas, the San Joaquin Valley Natural Gas Partnership is holding a meeting on Friday, April 27th to establish a market development plan for the Valley. The event is free and involves food. For those wanting to participate in a Chicago area event, the Green Drives Conference takes place on Thursday, May 17 and is spearheaded by Chicago area Clean Cities which includes Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana. The green-technology conference features keynote speakers including the Executive Director of the Cummins electrification business, Julie Furber, as well as CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. Sign up here!

    Until Soon,


    What Impact Will Cutting Fuel Economy Rules Have? Futurity

    NRDC Provides EV Technology Reporting, Charged EVs

    Revolution Now, NRDC

    Hawaiian Electric Lays out Transportation Electrification Roadmap, NGT News

    Loveland’s Lightning Systems Wins Statewide Award, Reporter Herald

    Efficient Drivetrains Introduces CNG PHEV for Ag Work Trucks, Green Car Congress

    NYC Transit Awards Contract to Trillium CNG, Mass Transit Magazine

    Natural Gas Meeting, Project Clean Air

    Green Drives Conference Comes to Chicago in May, Green Drives Conference

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  • Belated April Fools' Day Trick

    On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards saying there will be a national standard. Secretary Scott Pruitt said there will be a reexamination of California’s long-standing authority to set its own emissions standards. California’s Governor Brown shot back calling the announcement “a belated April Fools’ Day trick.” Governor Brown isn’t alone in his opposition to the announcement as Attorney Generals from 11 states formally objected saying they would challenge such a move in court. More than 50 mayors from around the country also registered their objections. 

    NBC picked up on the story in advance of the EPA announcement and cited CALSTART’s recent supplier survey which found that auto suppliers do support the standards and that the 54.5 mpg target for 2025 is reachable. The New York Times, in response to the announcement delved into fuel economy standards globally, citing research by the International Center on Clean Transportation. The European Union and South Korea already have higher standards than the current U.S. targets but several other countries have modeled their standards after those in the U.S. There’s concern that if the U.S. weakens the rules, there could be a global ripple effect.

    Cummins Inc. has a product portfolio that includes diesel, natural gas, hybrid and electrification. To better reflect the breadth of their integrated power options, the global company recently announced they are now Cummins Integrated Power. Trucks.com recently met up with Volvo’s Magnus Koeck, VP of Marketing and Brand Management for Volvo Trucks North America about its truck offerings. The topics covered were wide ranging including autonomous vehicle technology, the role for diesel, and the possibility of introducing an electric truck in North America.

    Workhorse keeps making news and the latest is that a patent has been issued for their HorseFly Truck launched drone package delivery system. The system, which is integrated into their electric and hybrid delivery trucks, will help speed up last mile package delivery. Ryder, which is the primary distributor for Workhorse for their light-and medium-duty range extended EV fleets, has delivered leased E-GEN electric step vans to W.B. Mason, a U.S.-based office products dealer. Morgan Olson builds the walk-in van bodies and ChargePoint is the main infrastructure provider. 

    Lightning Systems is taking a road tour and their featured focal point is the Ford Transit LightningElectric model which is getting 61 MPGe in town and 66 MPGe on highway. They are getting a lot of mileage launching the tour in their hometown of Loveland, Colorado with one vehicle going westward and stopping throughout California, and ending up at the ACT Expo in Long Beach. The other is eastward bound including stops in Detroit, Kansas City, Albany, NY and New York City. NGT News lists the complete schedule.

    If you want to hit the road, RoadMap11 may just be your ticket. The Portland, Oregon-based conference takes place June 19-20 and focuses on widespread adoption of electric and smart mobility solutions and targets industry, utility and government attendees. CALSTART supports Forth Mobility in this effort and NewsNotes readers can click here and use code CALSTART75 for $75 off of registration. 

    For a chuckle, check out what these five automakers came up with in the spirit of a little April Fool’s Day fun. My favorite is number 4.

    Trump Administration Moves to Challenge CA Environmental Protections, Los Angeles Times

    U.S. States and Cities tell EPA to Back off Fuel-Economy Standards, Autoblog

    EPA Expected to Announce Rollback of Obama-era Mileage Standards, NBC

    How U.S. Fuel Economy Standards Compare With the Rest of the World, The New York Times

    Cummins Rebrands as Cummins Integrated Power, Bulk Transporter

    Volvo Exec Talks Electrification, Connectivity and Self-Driving Trucks, Trucks.com

    Drone Delivery Patent Issued to Workhorse, DroneDJ

    WB Mason Receives Fleet of Workhorse E-GEN Electric Vans, Clean Technica

    Lightning Systems Announces Multistate Road Show for All-Electric Ford Transit, NGT News

    Roadmap 11 Conference, Forth

    Automotive Humor, April fools, Autoblog

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  • Start Your N-Gens

    Up next-the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t convinced that automakers can meet fuel efficiency standards that were established under the Obama administration.  Auto manufacturers are expressing concern over a potential weakening of the targets and Ford has said that they are not asking for a rollback. CALSTART has just announced the latest findings from auto suppliers and 84% of the largely Tier 1 suppliers back the 2025 standards as being effective in spurring job growth. This reflects a 25% increase over a similar survey conducted by CALSTART in 2016 in support of strong fuel-economy standards.

    And now a shout out to Clay Siegert, COO at XL for his excellent summary of the effectiveness of voucher programs for fleets, particularly showcasing the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP). Anyone interested in exploring the program, which is administered by CALSTART, can get more information here

    The Harvard Business Review is showcasing UPS and what’s behind their electric vehicle adoption strategy. In addition to up-front cost barriers being broken down, the industry is seeing greater efficiency as well as brand benefits associated with innovation. Scott Phillippi (UPS Senior Director of Maintenance and Engineering) also talked about the UPS partnership with Workhorse which yesterday held a media event to announce the deployment of four all-electric N-Gen delivery vans in the San Francisco Bay area. UPS previously announced that they will lease 50 Class 5 electric vans from Workhorse. 

    Motiv Power Systems has received the first zero-emission chassis certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The company showed its battery electric EPIC chassis earlier this month at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Eberspaecher Controls is out with news about their plug-in power mini relay component which can control and switch electric loads for various applications including passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off roaders or industrial applications. 

    Efficient Drivetrains has been contracted to participate in a Department of Energy program to provide an electric drivetrain for school buses as a replacement for diesel engines. The award is $4.4 million and with other project funding partnerships the total project is about $9 million. EDI has collaborated with several OEMs on bus electrification projects.

    SoCalGas is on a mission to get more natural gas (NG) trucks on the roads in Southern California and toward that end they have announced new efforts that are part of a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Prop 1B incentive pool. 400 diesel trucks will be replaced with NG trucks if all of the submitted applications are funded. Participating fleets can receive up to $100,000 toward the purchase of a new NG truck.

    Move LA and CALSTART are partnering to explore a new initiative for 2020 that could yield substantial funding to clean up the freight sector and convert truck and bus fleets to zero/near-zero technologies in LA County. You are invited to “Vision 2020 Can California Conquer Both Clean Air & Climate Change” which is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch is included) at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Join CALSTART, Move LA, Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board, and retired Senator Fran Pavley along with other targeted influencers to launch the discussion. You can sign up here.   

    Until Next Week,


    Trump Officials Prepare to Undo CAFÉ Targets Despite Misgivings, Washington Post

    Survey Says Auto Suppliers Back Tougher Fuel-Economy Standards, Wards Auto

    Vouchers are Becoming the Clean Vehicle Incentive of Choice for Fleets, Green Car Congress

    HVIP Voucher Program

    Inside UPS’s EV Strategy, Harvard Business Review

    Electric N-Gen Vans From Workhorse Begin Delivering Goods, Trucks.com

    Motiv Scores First California Cert for MD EV Chassis, Trucks.com

    Solid State Power Mini Relay Targets Automotive Applications, EENews

    EDI Selected by DOE to Provide Drivetrains for Electric School Buses, ChargedEVs

    Hundreds of SoCal Fleets Make Moves Toward NG, NGT News

    Move LA and CALSTART Invitation

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  • Spy Photographers

    Thirty-six utilities including Southern Company, Edison Electric Institute, Florida Power & Light, and Pacific Gas & Electric have signed onto a letter calling for the expansion of the electric vehicle(EV) tax credit and requesting that the manufacturer cap be removed from the existing Section 30D electric car tax credit language. Utilities and automakers think the tax credit is critical to the growth of the EV market.

    Ford’s CEO Jim Hackett recently announced their aggressive plans which focus on pickups and utility vehicles. The strategy is to double down on electrification, though, and introduce hybrid versions of some of its signature products so they are equipped with good options should gas prices rise. Toyota Motor has its eyes on fuel efficiency gains and this Spring the manufacturer will introduce a new 2.0 liter engine which will power 80% of their future product lineup. There will be 17 iterations of 9 new engines as part of what they are calling their “Toyota New Global Architecture.”

    General Motors is going all in on autonomous technology as they will begin production of the Cruise AV next year. Picture a Bolt with no steering wheel or pedals. The company will spend $100 million to begin making production versions of the self-driving Chevy Bolt sedan. And, Audi’s latest announcement is of a fuel cell variety. By 2020 the company plans to have a limited number of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell EVs.

    The not so retiring Mike Britt, known widely as the former Director of Maintenance and Engineering for delivery giant UPS, has signed on to be on the Advisory Board of First Priority Group, LLC. First Priority made the announcement calling Mike a true innovator who will help the company expand their work with public and private fleet managers.

    It’s not just the light-duty space that’s electrifying their products. Allison Transmission and Cummins have just received California Air Resources Board certification for their model year 2018 hybrid-electric propulsion system paired with Cummins engines. Odyne Systems has their sights set on electrification too and got a good boost recently as they secured an investment from Arenberg Holdings. The funds will help them with their expansion of their electric drive and zero-emission worksite operation in the medium-and heavy-duty vehicle market. 

    There’s a lot of buzz around the U.S. Postal Services highly anticipated announcement of which manufacturer(s) will be selected to replace up to 180,000 of their vehicles. VT Hackney Inc. and Workhorse are in the running and spy photographers snapped a shot of the pure electric mail prototype as it was leaving an Ohio test track.  CALSTART and Ballard Power Systems are working with UPS on a trial in the California South Coast Air Basin using a Class 6 delivery van. Using Ballard’s fuel cell range extender system, the goal is to demonstrate the economic and technical potential of the technology.

    If you are a fleet customer and want to try out a hybrid electric 6X4HE axle, Hyliion is making the Class 8 trucks available to customers for one week at no charge. You can find out how to take the truck for a trial run here. 

    The future is now in advanced transportation technologies and Audi is giving you one last transporter concept to think about. Check out the small city car sporting a drone. Could  this be your autonomous flying car of the future?

    Until Soon,


    Utilities Ask Congress to Keep EV Tax Incentive, Daily Energy Insider

    Ford’s Aggressive Product Plan Bears Hackett’s Stamp, Automotive News

    Toyota’s New Powertrain Raises the Bar on Fuel Efficiency, The Drive

    GM Begins Mass Production of Autonomous Cruise AV in 2019, Autoblog

    Audi to Launch Fuel Cell Model by 2020, gasworld

    Mike Britt Joins First Priority Group’s Advisory Board, Cision

    Allison Transmission Receives CARB Certification, Cision

    Odyne Expands Electrification Technology for Trucks, PR.com

    New Photos of Electric Mail Truck Prototype, Trucks.com

    Ballard Range-Extender Fuel Cell to Power Hybrid UPS Delivery Van, MM&D

    Hyliion Offers Own Trucks to Customers, Transport Topics

    Here’s Your Autonomous Flying Audi of the Future, Top Gear

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  • Green Drives

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $7 million of a $16 million project to CALSTART. The project is with Achates Power and a heavy-duty truck manufacturer. The Achates opposed-piston engine will be demonstrated in Class 8 trucks that will be road-ready in 2019. Other funding partners include the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.

    CALSTART’s newest member, Roush CleanTech has announced several high level changes, starting at the top.  Roush CleanTech is a manufacturer of alternative fuel vehicle technology and thanks to a new promotion, Todd Mouw has taken the helm as their new President. Former Business Development Manager Chelsea Jenkins has now ascended to a new position as the Executive Director of Government Affairs. 

    Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI), a hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions provider, has completed a California Energy Commission (CEC) project integrating their EDI PowerDrive 6000 into a fleet of six Class 6 armored trucks. The vehicles, which will be used by Sectran Security, run on renewable natural gas (RNG) when operating in hybrid mode. 

    UQM and Lightning Systems, two Colorado-based companies, are in the news again. UQM has expanded their global footprint and this time it is through a deal with Ashok Leyland, a large Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer. The company has placed an order for 51 electric drivetrains that will power electric buses. India is shooting for 30% of new vehicles to be battery-powered by 2030. 

    Lightning Systems took the spotlight in Indianapolis last week at the Work Truck Show for the debut of their electric Ford Transit cargo van with a hydrogen range extender to get up to 200 miles. Incentive programs in California and New York will bring the price down significantly. Motiv Power Systems was in Indianapolis last week, too, and announced that they’ll supply Spartan Motors with class 4-6 Utilimaster electrified step van chassis for three years. Utilimaster is based in Bristol, Indiana. 

    The City of Oakland is all charged up as it recently made solar EV charging available. The EV ARC products from Envision Solar provide EV charging to the city’s public works department and emergency response services. The infrastructure, which is equipped with ChargePoint chargers, generates enough solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. And, if you are in the Oakland area on March 21, check out the AltCar Expo taking place at Oakland City Hall. There’s a terrific lineup of speakers and topics. If Chicago is closer to your neighborhood, mark your calendar for May 17 when Clean Cities Coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana put on their “Green Drives” conference. CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel is a featured speaker.

    Don’t forget that CALSTART’s 2018 San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit is on Wednesday and Thursday of this week and there’s no cost to attend! There’s a Ride N’ Drive that includes a large number of HVIP eligible vehicles, too.  And, if connecting with California elected officials and regulators is of interest to you don’t miss CALSTART’s Sacramento Summit on March 26 and 27. There’s a who’s who of speakers including Daniel Sperling, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California; Janea Scott with the California Energy Commission; and,  Matt Rodriguez, California EPA Secretary. Other featured speakers include Macy Neshati, Senior VP of Electric Buses with BYD; George Minter, Regional VP,  Southern California Gas Company; and, Caroline Choi, Senior VP with Southern California Edison. Online registration closes on Wednesday so sign up today!

    ARB Awards $7M for Truck Demo with Achates, Green Car Congress

    Big Moves at Roush CleanTech, NGT News

    EDI Deliver Six Plug-In Hybrid Renewable CNG Armored Trucks, Digital Journal

    UQM Receives Order for 51 Electric Drivetrains, Green Car Congress

    Lightning Systems Plans Hydrogen/Electric Ford Transit Cargo Van, Trucks.com

    Motiv EPIC 4 All-Electric Chassis at the 2018 WTS, Trucks.com

    City of Oakland Provides Solar EV Charging to Employees, Solar Novus

    5TH Annual Northern California AltCar Conference, AltCar Expo

    Tristate Clean Cities Host Major Chicago Area Green Transportation Conference, Newton County Enterprise

    CALSTART Clean Transportation Summits, CALSTART


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  • Elon Musk Does It Again

    Wait, is that a CALSTART logo I see on the podium at SunLine Transit? Last Friday was a big day in Thousand Palms when SunLine unveiled a new, long-range (250-300 miles), zero-emission fuel cell bus. CALSTART has partnered with SunLine on advanced bus technology for more than two decades. Thanks to funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), this new configuration includes a small hydrogen fuel cell built into each bus to recharge the battery.

    Cleaner school buses continue to take off around the country. With California’s funding for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) receiving over $140 million in new funds, school districts can now receive vouchers of $235,000 per bus. Companies that have already delivered vouchers include Adomani, Efficient Drivetrains, Bluebird, Vision Electric and Lion Electric. Texas also has new funding  for school buses having recently announced $6.2 million for the purchase of alternatively fueled buses or diesel retrofits.

    Gas prices in California keep rising and so do the sales of electric vehicles (EVs).  While the state is poised to meet their newly announced goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2025, public charging infrastructure isn’t yet keeping up with only 0.05 charging outlets per ZEV on the road. The Orange County Register reports that Southern California Edison (and other state utilities) has aggressive plans underway.  Trillium CNG is poised to help as it plans to start offering hydrogen refueling. First up will be a station for fueling fuel cell electric buses for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).

    EMOSS Mobile Systems is a Netherlands-based electric powertrain developer and they’ve partnered with Allison on an electric semi-truck designed to haul heavier payloads. It’s called the E.V.E.R. truck and they’ll begin to pilot it this year. And, in Washington state yesterday Kenworth made a splash announcing their new hydrogen fuel cell, zero-emission, electric cargo truck as part of a media event. The $7 million project funded by the Department of Energy and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, heads to Total Transportation Services and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in a few weeks. The truck has a Ballard fuel cell engine and an Eaton transmission.

    On a lighter note (that would be a weight reference), the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck is getting a 15% fuel economy boost thanks to a flexible cylinder deactivation technology designed by Silicon Valley’s Tula Technology. The technology allows powertrain engineers to reduce the number of cylinders used from eight to four resulting in fuel savings. GM Ventures invested in the company and Tula delivered.

    Elon Musk does it again, so reads the Scientific American headline. Who wasn’t mesmerized by the images and live feed of the SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket and its success?  And now there’s a Tesla Roadster in space as payload and it contains delightful whimsy including a miniature Starman, a plaque that holds all 6,000 names of SpaceX employees, and a quartz disk encoded with the full text of Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy. What a blast off!

    SunLine Transit Unveils Zero-emission Bus, KESQ.com

    School Districts Take Advantage of Alt-Fuel Funding, School Transportation News

    Texas Provides Latest Round of Clean School Bus Funding, School Transportation News

    California on Path to Meet Goal of 1.5 Million EVs, Orange County Register

    Trillium CNG Adds Hydrogen Fueling to its Offerings, Waste 360

    Dutch OEM Develops Allison-Equipped Electric Semi-Truck, NGT News

    Kenworth Showcases Its Hybrid Electric Cargo Transport Truck, Truck News

    How Silicon Valley Startup Boosted MPG in 2019 Chevy Silverado Pickup, Green Car Reports

    Elon Musk Does it Again, Scientific American

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  • The Big Chill

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed an ambitious executive order (EO) last week calling for 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. The new goal was announced as part of his State of the State speech where he also proposed meeting the electric car target with a $2.5 billion investment over the next eight years to subsidize charging and hydrogen fueling stations as well as vehicle purchases. This is an expansion of a previous EO calling for 1.5 million zero-emission cars in the state by 2025. Just how likely is it for the state to meet the 5 million vehicle target? Many are speculating about accelerated growth in demand for ZEVs and a new study by think tank Next 10 concludes that California is on track to meet the 2025 goal.  Last year California ZEV sales increased 29.1% over 2016 sales.

    Ford Motor has seen a lot of change in its 114-year history and their new mobility push includes a reorganization of their mobility business that includes two new acquisitions. Autonomic has a cloud-based platform that manages data and transaction offering payment processing, route mapping and mass transit services among other things. The other acquisition is TransLoc which makes software that can help manage transportation systems. Ford anticipates this direction will help them make money in the rapidly evolving transportation marketplace.

    CALSTART member Eberspaecher Controls North America, a global automotive supplier, has a new President. Oleg Riabtsev has worked for Bosch in the Ukraine, Middle East, Russia and Europe. A lot of CALSTART members are focusing on drivetrain electrification by expanding their product lines to meet growing demand in the heavy-duty vehicle and equipment segment. Among the manufacturers developing programs include Meritor, Volvo, Caterpillar and AxleTech. Axle Tech, in collaboration with Proterra came up with a new electric drivetrain to achieve motor efficiencies for both in-city and freeway drive cycles. 

    More changes are in the wind and up next is a recent announcement from Volvo Truck which expects to pilot electric trucks on the road this year and will be selling them in Europe next year. Their new program is designed to address emissions reductions as well as identifying new ways to manage logistics.  Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, calls the full electrification for urban distribution the first step but they also are looking at electrification for other transportation applications. For another sign that there’s a new revolution in trucking, look no further than Nikola. The start-up hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturer has announced that they will build a $1 billion factory outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The state is providing some incentives and Nikola is promising to create 2,000 jobs and add $1 billion in capital investment by 2024. CALSTART’s John Boesel observed that there is opportunity for disruptive companies like Nikola to come into the rapidly evolving zero-emission truck space. 

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, continues to grow the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to accelerate the growth of efficient trucks and buses in state. The entire HVIP voucher funding for this year is now in place. CARB has added $133,176,000 in voucher funding for all technologies, and $7,440,000 in voucher funding specifically for Low NOx vouchers.  More information is available on the HVIP website. Note, too, that there will be sessions devoted to HVIP program eligibility and how it works at two upcoming CALSTART events. The San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit is March 14-15, 2018. On March 26-27, 2018 the Clean Transportation Summit: California 2030 is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center. Agendas for both are available online.

    Football fever is building in anticipation of Super Bowl 52. Retailers are hopeful that consumers will splurge while audiences eagerly anticipate 30-second advertising spots that average $5 million a pop. Electric bus maker Proterra is already a winner as the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is deploying one of their 40-foot electric buses to transport visiting fans. The forecast calls for a very chilly 7 degrees. CEO Ryan Popple isn’t worried about the big chill as what better way for the manufacturer to  demonstrate their unique cold weather capabilities. 

    California’s New Goal: 5 Million Zero Emission Cars by 2030, CNN Money

    Study Sees CA Hitting 1.5 MIL ZEV Target by 2025, The Detroit Bureau

    Ford Snaps Up Two More Startups in Mobility Push, Fortune

    Eberspaecher North America Names New President, Truck News

    Performance and Power Exceeding a Diesel Engine, OEM Off-Highway

    Volvo Eyes 2019 for Electric Truck Sales, CCJ

    Nikola Plans $1 Billion Arizona Fuel Cell Truck Factory, Trucks.com

    California HVIP Voucher Funding in Place, California HVIP

    San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit,

    CALSTART Clean Transportation Summit-California: 2030

    Minnesota Transit Agency Taps Proterra for Super Bowl, NGT News

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  • Fast Lane

    A new analysis from the Rhodium Group concludes that for the second year in a row, the transportation sector is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.  While the green transportation industry has seen an impressive growth in electric vehicles (EVs), fossil fuels still dominate. Vehicle miles traveled increased last year by 1.3 percent.  The University of Michigan, though, is delivering good news in a recent study that found EVs win when comparing the costs of driving a gasoline car vs. an EV. Looking at variables across states, the typical savings when driving an EV vs. a gas-powered car is $632 or 2.3 times more.

    Ford Motor is doing their part to populate the nation’s highways by committing to invest $11 billion in 40 hybrid and electric models within the next four years. The announcement was made this past Sunday at the Detroit auto show. 16 of the vehicles will be pure electric and the rest will be plug-in electric. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved 15 pilot projects last week that aim to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric will embark on projects that include electrifying school buses, delivery trucks, airport/seaport equipment, truck stops and commuter locations.

    Electric school buses are all the rage in California these days as school districts and state and local government agencies collaborate on transitioning away from diesel. CALSTART members Motiv Power Systems and TransPower are cited in the San Francisco Chronicle as two of the companies helping to drive a cleaner school bus market. Fuel cell vehicle drivers set a record last year for the amount of fuel they used at the hydrogen station on the UC Irvine (UCI) campus. UCI Anteater Express and Toyota drivers are among those who helped set a record of dispensing almost 49,000 kg of hydrogen.

    Back to the Detroit North American International Auto Show where engine-developer Achates Power is working with Aramco Service to test a Ford-150 equipped with their opposed piston engine, which can run on gasoline, diesel, biofuels or natural gas. Achates is also developing a high-efficiency diesel engine with Cummins, Inc. for the U.S. military. 

    Hyliion, Inc. is putting their money on hybrid technology to hybridize the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer combination. They recently introduced the 6X4HE, and electric drivetrain system for Class 8 diesel trucks.  Their proprietary cooling system and battery delivers 18,000 BTUs to get 10 hours on a single charge. 

    The Golden State is commemorating the California Air Resources Board’s Golden (50 years) Anniversary with a Symposium to be held this coming Friday at the UC Davis Conference Center. Featured speakers include California Governor Jerry Brown, CARB Chair Mary Nichols, and former US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  Washington, D.C. is the place to be next month when industry leaders join with Clean Cities Coalitions to talk about and advocate for policies to help accelerate the sales and scale of clean transportation fuels and technologies.  Early bird registration for the Energy Independence Summit is available through Friday, January 19. 

    Cars & Trucks are America’s Biggest Climate Problem for 2 Years in a Row, Vox

    Researchers Find EV Fuel Costs Are Less Than Half Compared to Gas Cars, plugincars

    Ford to Invest $11 Billion in 40 EV Models by 2022, Reuters

    California PUC Approves 15 Transportation Electrification Pilots, Green Car Congress

    Goodbye, Diesel: California School Buses Drive Toward Electric Age, San Francisco Chronicle

    University Run Hydrogen Station Sees Record Year in 2017, NGT News

    2018 Detroit Auto Show: Achates, Aramco Launch Pickup Engine, Trucks.com

    Hybrid Solutions for Long-Haul Trucks, Fleet Equipment Magazine

    CARB 50th Anniversary Symposium, UC Davis

    Energy Independence Summit 2018, Transportation Energy Partners

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  • Driver Assist

    Section 209 of the Clean Air Act grants California a waiver to set its own vehicle emission standards and section 177 gives other states permission to follow the California standard, which 13 states are doing. Those standards are generally more stringent than the federal government. Now, there are discussions between the Trump administration and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) about having one national standard. Last year New York and representatives from 12 other states said they would challenge efforts that result in rolling back vehicle fuel rules. 

    Several cities have sued oil companies claiming climate change and global warming have resulted in costly reparations. New York City announced today that they are suing the five biggest ones to hold them accountable. Mayor De Blasio punctuated that announcement by also divesting its pension funds of $5 billion in fossil fuel investments. The Mayor’s actions to mitigate climate change impacts don’t stop there. He has also signed legislation for a two-year test that will use renewable diesel, biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric power in the city’s ferries. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting in on the clean transportation action having announced their commitment to having Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses be all-electric and natural gas powered. They’ve ordered buses from New Flyer and Proterra.

    Fleets in California get to take advantage of a new XL Hybrids kit (it needs to be installed by certified installers) that recently received an Executive Order (EO) approval from CARB. The plug-in system is an upfit for the Ford F-150 pickup truck. Ohio-based Workhorse has taken 5,300 fleet operator orders for its plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck and it is now taking reservations from the general public. Workhorse and XL Hybrids both have HVIP eligible technology. HVIP, which is administered by CALSTART, offers point-of-sale incentives for clean trucks and buses in California. 

    There’s a lot of buzz this week about the Las Vegas CES 2018 show and all of the shiny new vehicle technology. Toyota and Kenworth are both getting attention. The former for the debut of the e-Pallette which is a fully automated electric vehicle. It is available in three sizes so could range from a small delivery truck to a shuttle bus. Kenworth is showcasing a prototype zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell day cab. The fuel cell is provided by Ballard Power Systems. This is part of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Zero Emission Cargo Transport demo project. 

    BYD has come up with another good idea and this time it is the debut of a driverless monorail in Yinchuan, capital of NW China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The train is fully automated. The public-private partnership is being seen as another example of how China is a leader in mass transportation.

    The final piece of good news is that CALSTART is hiring! We are opening a new Michigan office and are seeking a Regional Director to be located in Southeast Michigan. And, we’re hiring a Northeast Regional Director (replacing our current Director who will be heading to our Pasadena HQ office) who will work out of the Brooklyn, NY office. Check it out here.

    U.S. Regulators Meet With California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules, Reuters

    De Blasio Plans Big Oil Lawsuit, Politico

    NYC To Study Using Renewable Fuels for Ferries, Biodiesel Magazine

    New York’s MTA Kicks Off Electric Bus Pilot, The Drive

    XL Hybrid’s Kit Makes for CARB Approved Ford F-150 Plug-In Hybrid, hybridCARS

    Workhorse PHEV Pickup Receives Over 5,000 Orders, electrek

    Toyota Reveals e-Pallete Multi-Mode Transportation Concept, LeftLane

    Kenworth Day Cab with Hydrogen Fuel Cell on Display, The Trucker.com

    BYD Driverless Monorail Logical Extension of Company’s Ideas, Global Times

    CALSTART is Hiring, CALSTART Careers

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  • Clean Innovation

    A new report from the SierraClub shows not only that clean energy creates more American jobs than thefossil fuel industry, but it also finds that the trend will continue. Currentlyclean energy leads in jobs creation over fossil fuels by a ratio of 2.5 to 1and the report concludes that investment in clean energy employment couldcreate millions of new jobs across the country.

    The California Air ResourcesBoard voted unanimously last week to continue with stricter vehicle emissionsstandards for 2022 to 2025. The standards require new cars and trucks toaverage 36 miles per gallon by 2025. The Board also voted in support ofpolicies to have 4 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the state by 2030. ChargePoint’sColleen Quinn writes in an editorial for The Hill that innovation is behindtremendous electric vehicle (EV) and EV charging market growth “…supported by adynamic marketplace and sound public policy….” resulting in a 70%year-over-year increase in EV sales  compared with the previous year. Quinnencourages policymakers to continue to endorse policy solutions that willfoster even great innovation and market competition.

    Tesla gets to keep on innovatingand this time it is with Asia’s second highest valued tech firm, Tencent whichhas bought a five percent share in the company. The timing gives Tesla a strongally as it prepares to launch the mass-market Model 3. Toyota’s play withautonomous vehicles includes a new partner-Microsoft.  Toyota is the first partner in the launch ofMicrosoft’s new auto licensing program. Included in Microsoft’s vehicletechnology offerings is an operating system, voice recognition, gesturecontrol, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity tools.

    Like Tesla and Toyota, Fordcontinues its focus on mobility services and connected vehicles. They’ve justannounced a $200 million investment for a new data center on their Flat Rock,Michigan campus. Earlier, Ford said the plant would launch three new vehiclesincluding a fully autonomous hybrid for ride-sharing fleets.

    American Power Group is movingahead with the initial production development phase of a low Nox solution for13L to 16L Class 8 diesel engines model year 2010 and newer. Having justreceived funding approval from its Board, CEO Lyle Jensen observed “Currently,no alternative low Nox solution exists for this class of engines withoutcompromising their critical heavy-haul power and torque capabilities.”

    Los Angeles InternationalAirport passengers who park in Wally Park’s lots will now be able to benefitfrom a new fleet of Phoenix Motorcars Zero Emissions Utility Shuttle (ZEUS)buses. There are now 16, 14-passenger buses available to travelers atoff-airport parking.

    Fleets and transit propertiesare increasingly adopting advanced technology and alternatively powered  buses. How they are performing is part of whatwill be assessed at the upcoming Public Transit Fuel Management & RiskSymposium where they’ll learn about emerging trends and the performance ofthese advanced technologies. Speakers, including CALSTART’s Fred Silver, willlook at measurable performance results of zero-emission, clean diesel, naturalgas, propane and hydrogen. The Symposium takes place in Chicago on May 18.

    Clean Energy Creates More Than Twice as Many Jobs as Fossil fuels, ZMEScience



    CARB Reaffirms State Emission, Electric-car Rules for 2025, Green CarReports



    Innovation is Driving Change for EVs, The Hill



    Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech, Reuters



    Toyota Turns to Microsoft for Connected Vehicle Technology,AutoGuide.com



    Ford Invests $200 M in Data Center for Autonomous Vehicles, The Stack



    APG Nets Funding to Develop Low Nox Dual-Fuel/Exhaust System, NGT News



    LAX Has Zero-Emission Utility Shuttle Buses From WallyPark Lots, CleanTechnica



    Public Transit Fuel Management & Risk Symposium, Ameresco



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  • Happy Birthday CALSTART

    In the past 36 years vehicle horsepower has increased by 120% while acceleration improvements increased by 47% and in spite of that new vehicle fuel economy has increased 33%. Those results are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Don Anair with the Union of Concerned Scientists has the success of automakers to meet fuel economy standards on his mind, particularly as it relates to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) meeting this Friday to review the state’s Advanced Clean Cars program. In spite of the Trump administration’s desire to loosen federal standards, Anair articulates the success of California’s standards, believes they should be reaffirmed and that work should begin right away on setting the next round of standards.


    A coalition of cities is reacting to the Trump Administration’s focus on weakening Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards by possibly collaborating on a $10 billion purchase of plug-in vehicles. Los Angeles and New York City are leading the group of 30 cities which could purchase 114,000 vehicles. Governor Cuomo punctuated New York’s commitment to electric vehicles (EV) by launching a $70 million EV rebate available to all New York residents who buy eligible vehicles from participating dealers. The Drive Clean Rebate initiative is one of several actions the state is engaged in to motivate residents to go electric.


    Green Commuter has launched the first all-electric vanpool service in the U.S. Operating in Los Angeles, their fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles is available for vanpoolers to lease during rush hour and then for car- share users or businesses during off hours. Green Commuter anticipates their fleet size will grow to 50-80 vehicles by the end of the year.


    Truck fleets interested in taking advantage of ARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) have yet another purchasing option. Peterbilt’s work truck models, equipped with a near-zero emissions natural gas engine from Cummins, are now eligible for vouchers ranging from $8,400 to $8,695. NGV’s seem to be all the rage in Texas too. This FY tax collections for CNG and LNG fuels have seen a 15% increase over the same time last year. That translates to $2.8 million from the sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). UPS and Frito-Lay are among the big users in the state.


    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America introduced their eCanter battery-powered Class 4 electric work truck last week in Indianapolis at the Work Truck Show. The truck has a 100-mile range and is available for a two-year lease in the U.S., Japan and Europe. They will offer the first 50 units to select customers by the end of the year. The truck design is for dense population centers like Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to Fuso’s Otto Schmid.


    AxleTech International, a global designer, manufacturer and supplier of drivetrain systems has been around for more than 100 years, and signaling their commitment to EVs, they recently joined CALSTART. In seventy-five years CALSTART will be 100, but in 2017 we’re celebrating our quarter century anniversary. You heard it here first and today we launch our 25th Anniversary Symposium website and invite you to block off October 24th and 25th as days you will join regulators, elected officials and industry leaders in Pasadena to stimulate thinking toward a 2030 vision. Many thanks to our early sponsors which include UPS, Toyota, Thor Trucks, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), BAE Systems, BYD, and GENTHERM. See you there!


    DOE: New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improved 33% From 1980-2016, Green Car Congress



    Opinion: California Clean Car Rules Have Cleaned the Air, Saved Money, The Mercury News


    Cities Plan to Spend $10B on EVs, Autoblog



    Governor Cuomo Launches $70M Electric Car Rebate, Outreach Program, NGT News



    Green Commuter Successfully Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service, The Auto Channel



    Peterbilt Near-Zero Emissions Trucks Get California Incentive Approval, FleetOwner



    Tax Collections Hint at Wider Adoption of NGVs, Bizjournals



    Mitsubishi Fuso Brings Electric ‘Urban’ Work Truck to U.S. Market, Trucks.com



    AxleTech Joins CALSTART and EDTA, AxleTech


    CALSTART’s 25th Anniversary Symposium, CALSTART





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  • An AFV Tsunami

    If you like cars that get good mileage you aren’t alone and that’s why some are projecting that the White House move to undo the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Department of Transportation (DOT) fuel economy standards will face objections. President Trump is in Michigan today to challenge the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Rules (CAFÉ), a key tool for combatting global warming under President Obama. 

    There’s a lot of momentum around investments and the rollout of fuel-efficient vehicles.  Across the country industry and states are focused on the Volkswagen (VW) settlement funds and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is now in receipt of VW’s plan for how they intend to spend the first $200M on zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fueling infrastructure. Thirty cities across the country aim to prove demand for EVs and trucks by demonstrating a healthy appetite for the vehicles. Municipalities have asked automakers to look at costs and capabilities to provide 114,000 EVs to cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The participants view this as the first step in a bidding process.

    Manufacturers continue to come out with new EV options including Volvo which is making its first all-electric car. The 2019-vehicle is expected to have a range of 250-miles and will sell for between $35,000-$40,000. Audi is coming out with three new battery-electric models by 2020. The first is expected to be a sport utility vehicle to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next January.

    Right on cue the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is telling folks in Northern California that they are there to help with the infrastructure side of EV ownership. The Charge! Program is designed to build up a network throughout the Bay area by providing funding to offset the cost of purchasing, installing and operating new public charging stations. The deadline is May 22.

    Delivery fleet leaders from UPS and FedEx continue to step-up their sustainability game. UPS has announced plans to add six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and to purchase 390 CNG tractors and terminal trucks as well as 50 LNG trucks to its fleet. The price tag? $90 million. And, speaking at a conference in Tennessee yesterday, Mitch Jackson with FedEx highlighted that their investment in advanced, clean transportation technologies has saved the company $1 billion. Jackson was behind successfully pushing for fuel economy and greenhouse gas reduction legislation in commercial trucking.

    Industry leaders are gathering in Indianapolis this week for the Work Truck Show/Green Truck Summit where DOE’s Reuben Sarkar and ARB’s Jack Kitowski talked about the various ways that states and the federal government are driving the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure. 

    Ford Motor announced at the Work Truck Show that in order to expand their range of alternative fuel vehicle offerings they have tapped XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids to offer electrification and hydraulic systems for a range of Ford vehicles. 

    BYD, using funds from a contract from California’s Air Resources Board, has delivered the first vehicles in a fleet of 27 electric yard and service trucks. The first four newly delivered battery-electric trucks will operate at Daylight Transport’s facility in the City of Fontana. The rest of the vehicles will be used by BNSF Railway at rail yards in San Bernardino and the City of Commerce. 

    Electric trucks are joined by platooned trucks as the future of the trucking industry. The system allows trucks to travel using automation and in close proximity to one another.  On March 8, three big trucks (see video) cruised together on the 110 freeway in San Pedro, CA.  The demonstration is designed to improve safety and increase fuel efficiency. UC Berkeley and Volvo Group of North America collaborated on the project which was sponsored by Caltrans and the U.S. DOT. Volvo notes they don’t see the technology as a replacement for the driver but one providing added safety and reduced stress and fatigue.

    Trump Administration to Review Vehicle Emissions Rules, The Daily News

    California ARB Receives VW’s 30-Month ZEV Investment Plan, Green Car Congress

    Cities Across the US Said to Splurge on EVs, Fortune

    Volvo’s First EV Will Cost Less Than $40k, engadget

    Audi Plans Three EVs by 2020, Autoblog

    Grants Available to Offset Cost of EV Charging Stations, NBC Bay Area

    UPS Makes Massive $90M Investment in NGVs, NGT News

    FedEx Executive Talks Up Sustainability, Timesnews

    Objectives for Adopting Zero Emission Vehicles, Fleet Owner

    Ford Adds Electrification to Vehicle Modifier Program, Automotive Fleet

    First of 27 BYD Electric Trucks Deployed at CA Freight Yard, Trucks.com

    Truck Platooning Pilot Program Could Revolutionize Trucking Industry, Long Beach Press Telegram

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