• The Envelope Please

    Something rather grand took place last week in San Francisco where people from around the world gathered for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). It was there that California Governor Jerry Brown made two climactic climate announcements. First, California will run on 100 percent clean energy within 25 years and secondly the entire state will achieve carbon-neutrality by 2045. While there, CALSTART and many of our member companies also made news as close to 200 people assembled for CALSTART’s affiliate event the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero workshop and initiative. 

    As part of announcing what will be a multi-year global initiative, industry and government leaders supported CALSTART’s pledge to reduce emissions from trucks and buses in high-potential global markets. The most recent pledge came in yesterday from New Flyer.  “We’re proud to support the Global Commercial Drive to Zero, to further our commitment in reducing emissions and building sustainability in public transit,” said Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America.

    Vehicles took center stage at GCAS as BYD showcased an electric bus and Winnebago/Motiv displayed a specialty zero-emission electric mobile lung unit, right in front of the Moscone Center where the event took place. Winnebago/Motiv launched the campaign by partnering with the American Lung Association and making a connection between lung health and electric vehicles (EVs). 

    Cummins, in the meantime, is in Hanover, Germany at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show where they are featuring an electric hybrid utility truck, a Kenworth T370 showcasing what they call the “most versatile hybrid system on the market.” They are using the show to unveil their advanced suite of plug-in hybrid electric power solutions which Julie Furber, Cummins Executive Director of Electrified Power, calls the broadest and most cutting-edge power portfolio. Speaking of Kenworth, they are also involved with Toyota and Shell at the Port of LA to put 10- new zero-emission fuel-cell-electric Class 8 trucks on the road to move cargo between Los Angeles and destinations hundreds of miles away. 

    Southern California Gas Company has announced that they will be using renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at their 25 utility-owned NG vehicle fueling station in their service territory. And, as a reminder, the California HVIP program provides funding to trucking fleets to transition to RNG.

    EV infrastructure provider ChargePoint participated in last week’s festivities at GCAS, and they too made an ambitious announcement that they plan to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025. Greenlots, which also provides charging infrastructure, has been chosen by American Electric Power Ohio to participate in their new $10 million incentive program that will provide 75 charging stations at public sites, in workplaces and multifamily complexes in Columbus and other Ohio locations. 

    Clean Fuels Ohio is hosting their fourth annual Midwest Green Fleets conference next week and CALSTART will be there. Maureen Marshall, CALSTART’s Midwest Regional Director is part of the opening Plenary and we have a booth there as well so stop by September 24-26 at the Marriott Columbus University.

    And the Emmy goes to…Cassini’s Grand Finale, yep, the Jet Propulsion Lab won an Emmy for their Outstanding Interactive Program for the coverage of the Cassini mission’s Grand Finale at Saturn. Dr. Earl Maize, pictured in the link, is CALSTART’s closing speaker at our Annual Symposium on November 6 in Pasadena (and we promise there will be video of the Emmy winning program), and he is like no other in revealing the wonders of Saturn.  He’s just part of our star-studded lineup so mark your calendar and sign up today!

    Governor Jerry Brown’s Carbon-Free Legacy, San Francisco Chronicle

    Electric Trucks and Buses Play a Leading Role at GCAS, GreenBiz

    Global Leaders Pledge to Fast-track Adoption of Clean Trucks and Buses, CALSTART

    New Flyer Pledges to CALSTART’s Global Commercial Drive to Zero, Metro

    New EV Breakthrough: Zero Emission Lung Clinic, CleanTechnica

    Cummins Debuts its Unique Hybrid PowerDrive at IAA Show, BizJournals

    Toyota, Kenworth and Shell Partner on Port of LA Fuel Cell Project, Trucks.com

    SoCalGas to Offer RNG At its Fueling Stations, Green Car Congress

    ChargePoint To Operate 2.5 Million EV Chargers by 2025, engadget

    Greenlots to Support Ohio EV $10M Infrastructure Program, Green Car Congress

    Clean Fuels Ohio Expands Midwest Green Fleets Forum, NGT News

    JPL Wins an Emmy, JPL News

    CALSTART Annual Symposium, CALSTART

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  • Aspirational Decarbonizationists Unite

    Tens of thousands of people descend on California next week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) with a who’s who of dignitaries plus 350 Affiliate Events. GreenBiz talks about the assemblage of zero-emission leaders working with the auto industry to pledge to accelerate market growth. CALSTART’s Global Drive 2 Zero Affiliate Event is focused on pledges for the Medium-and Heavy-Duty market from a wide range of players including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the California Air Resources Board to Mitsubishi Fuso, The Lion Electric Co., and Workhorse, among others. More information about CALSTART’s September 11th Workshop in San Francisco is available here

    Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) got a vote of confidence the last day of California’s legislative session with the passage of a bill that authorizes the adoption of an RNG procurement program with proponents lauding the effort for creating market certainty. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is announcing study results that demonstrate how important these engines are in improving air quality. The study focus was on the Cummins Westport 11.9 liter near-zero truck engines.  Near-zero emission natural gas (NG) trucks, when fueled by RNG, can reduce emissions by 80%.demonstrates.

    Fans of renewable diesel (RD) will be pleased to learn that two new RD fuel plants will begin production in Nevada next year into 2020. When fully operational, they’ll be able to produce 11,000 barrels/day of the low carbon fuel.

    Two Colorado companies are partnering on new projects involving Class 6 vehicles for Zeem Solutions and a city bus program for Via Mobility in Boulder, CO. Lightning Systems has placed an order from UQM for 220 of their electric propulsion systems.

    How successful has electric bus adoption become? Navigant's research  concludes that electric buses will make up 15% of the U.S. market over the next seven years. There are 1200 electric buses operating throughout the country and California is the leader in market growth with BYD, Proterra, Ebus, New Flyer and Green Power Motor all establishing operations in the state, according to Trucks.com GreenPower has announced that they’ve leased a manufacturing facility in Porterville, CA and their plan is to triple their electric bus production capacity.

    Greenlots is here to help companies get charged up by deploying EV charging infrastructure. Greenlots and Burns & McDonnell (B&M), the power engineering firm, have teamed up to build out a charging network at the B&M World Headquarters. Greenlots works with San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric and their global footprint includes customers in 13 countries.

    This morning the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $80 million to 42 projects that support advanced technology vehicles. $26.8 million was awarded to projects that partner with Clean Cities coalitions. Some of the CALSTART members who received awards include Ford Motor Company, Cummins, Inc., UC Irvine, and Caterpillar. Kudos to all!

    Until Soon,


    Global Climate Action Summit: A Business Preview, GreenBiz

    Global Drive 2Zero, CALSTART

    California Legislature Green-Lights RNG Bills, NGT News

    NG Engine Can Reduce Smog from HD Trucks, Phys.org

    Renewable Diesel: New Nevada Plants to Produce 11,000 Barrel Per Day, Trucking Info

    UQM Receives New EV Systems Orders from Lightning, Green Car Congress

    Incentives, Improved Tech Driving Electric Bus Adoption, Trucks.com

    Green Power Triples eBus Production Capacities, electrive.com

    Burns & McDonnell Team With Greenlots, PR News

    DOE Announces $80 Million Awarded for Advanced Vehicles, Energy.gov

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  • Climate Change Party

    There’s enthusiasm galore for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe with a 42% increase in sales over the same period last year. The overall result is that Europe has reached the 1 million EV sales milestone ahead of the US which is at 750,000. As the world’s largest car manufacturer, Toyota has once again invested in Uber having committed $500 million to focus on bringing to market an on-demand autonomous ride-hailing service. The plan is that Toyota Sienna minivans, equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology and deployed through their network, will be ready for pilot-scale deployments in 2021.

    Earlier this month the Trump administration put the wheels in motion to weaken Obama-era clean car rules and pre-empting states from setting their own tougher standards. Additionally, the Administration is taking public comment on revoking California’s Clean Air Act waiver for greenhouse gases. The Environmental Defense Fund says Americans are speaking out in large numbers already about rolling back the Clean Car Standards. Public comments are being accepted now by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and hearings will be held next month in Fresno, CA; Dearborn, MI; and Pittsburgh, PA. 

    Fifty-two projects throughout the U.S. have been awarded $54.5M for low-and no-emission transit projects through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The majority of the projects will result in new battery-electric buses and charging infrastructure for transit properties in 41 states. CALSTART will be involved with projects in California and Wisconsin. The Chattanooga Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) in Tennessee took delivery of three BYD K9 electric buses recently. BYD has also announced their plan to launch an electric bus leasing program in the U.S. 

    Cleaner options for school buses in California are available as ROUSH CleanTech has received certification for their ‘ultra-clean’ propane autogas engine from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The engine meets CARB’s lowest NOx standard and is 90% cleaner than the EPA’s most stringent o.2 g/bhp-hr HD engine standard.

    Another great industry partnership has formed as Orange EV and Firefly are working together deploying yard goats. Firefly Transportation Services, based in Illinois, provides emission-free yard management services at manufacturing and distribution centers in Michigan and California. They’ve deployed the first Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks into the operations of a major manufacturer. Colorado-based Lightning Systems has received an order for 50 of its Class 6 battery-electric systems from New York-based Zeem Solutions which is a commercial EV service provider for fleet operators. They are accepting orders now for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018.

    Deals are happening all over the place and CALSTART members Ballard Power Systems and Westport Fuel Systems have entered into agreements with China’s Weichai Holding. Weichai’s investment in Ballard makes the company Ballard’s largest shareholder. Westport has entered supply agreements with Weichai Westport to develop a natural gas engine with Westport technology.

    A creative data visualizer has lit up the twitter world with a compelling map showing an animated time series from 1880 to 2017 showing the warming of Earth. This, just in time for a major event in San Francisco coming up the week after next which San Francisco Magazine is calling “a climate change party” with a virtual who’s who of “aspirational decarbonization.” While the esteemed delegates include Al Gore, the mayors of New York, Paris and Copenhagen, and punk rocker Patti Smith, it also includes influencers in the clean transportation medium- and heavy-duty space. As an Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) CALSTART presents the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop at the Bay Area Metro Center on September 11th. Policy and industry leaders will be there focused on the 5-year acceleration of the growth of the global zero-emission and heavy-duty vehicle sector. There are a few remaining slots and you can register here

    Until Soon,


    Europe Hits 1 Million EVs, Mashable

    Toyota Will Invest $500 Million in Uber Deal, The Verge

    Experts Condemn Administration Attack on Clean Car Standards, EDF

    FTA Awards $54.5M for Low- and No-Emission Transit Projects, SmartCitiesDive

    BYD Electric Buses Join Chattanooga Transit Fleet, NGT News

    Roush CleanTech Debuts First Propane Autogas Engine, School Transportation News

    Orange EV and Firefly Partner to Deploy Electric Yard Goats, Charged EVs

    Lightning Debuts New Electric Class 6 Powertrain, Trucks.com

    Ballard and Westport Announce Deals with Weichai Holding, Investor’s Business Daily
    Climate Change Switchboard Visualization Shows Red-Hot Planet, Washington Post

    Summit of the Damned, San Francisco Magazine
    Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop, CALSTART

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  • Innovation Nation

    UC Davis Professor Dan Sperling has co-authored a piece highlighting the deleterious impacts of the Trump administration rolling back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions programs. Automakers have stepped up to meet CAFÉ requirements through more advanced engines, transmissions and hybrid systems. The Forbes piece documents what could be lost in terms of automaker and supplier investments, jobs, and electric vehicle (EV) innovation.  CALSTART CEO and President John Boesel ‘s opinion piece in Automotive News suggests that suppliers will be hit particularly hard as they employ twice as many people as automakers and  have heavily  invested in the fuel-efficient future that would be realized through CAFÉ. In a recent CALSTART survey of suppliers, four out of five said the current standards set through the 2025 model year should remain in place or even become more stringent. 

    California has the authority to set its own, tougher GHG emissions standards and 13 other states follow those more stringent rules. As the threat of freezing federal fuel-efficiency standards looms, Colorado air quality commissioners have launched a fuel efficiency push to accelerate a push to zero-emission EVs.  Last week they voted unanimously to adopt California’s standards. 

    Fleet traction for renewable diesel (RD) continues to grow and the City of Vancouver is the latest to commit to converting their 577 diesel powered vehicles to RD. RD is produced from waste organic feedstock.  In California’s San Joaquin Valley, almond hulling and shelling services provider Pohl & Holmes  has signed on to use Neste MY RD. Their 36 trucks using the drop-in fuel are expected to realize an 80% reduction in GHG emissions.

    Kudos to XL Hybrids for receiving certification to sell its F-250 Hybrid in California. The Massachusetts-based company will be able to sell the model in the states that follow California’s emissions regulations. And, NGT News says Ohio-based Workhorse plans to begin pilot production of their W-15 electric pickup in the near future. The truck is expected to have an 80-mile all electric range. 

    Like many manufacturers, Kenworth is devoting time to figuring out the pathway for how to make cost-effective trucks while adopting cleaner alternative fuels while hauling freight. Trucks.com interviewed Kenworth’s R&D Director Brian Lindgren who talked about zero-emission trucks including projects that incorporate both CNG-powered hybrid electric trucks as well as a small fleet of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
    San Francisco is the place to be the week of September 10 which is where tens of thousands of people from around the world gather for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). Won’t you come? You are invited to be part of CALSTART’s affiliate event “Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop.” This marks the beginning of a 7-year global CALSTART initiative to accelerate the market growth of zero-emission medium-and heavy-duty vehicles. The CALSTART workshop is Tuesday, September 11 at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Check out the agenda and register here.

    CAFÉ Will Grind Auto Innovation to a Halt, Forbes

    Fuel –economy retreat Would Be a Lost Economic Opportunity, Automotive News

    Colorado Accelerates Shift to Zero-Emission EVs, Denver Post

    Vancouver Signs 100% Renewable Diesel Deal, Energy Manager Today

    Pohl & Holmes Switches to MY Renewable Diesel, Biomass Magazine

    XL Trucks Gets California Approval, Green Car Reports

    Workhorse Rebrands, Moves Forward on W-15 Electric Pickup, NGT News

    Kenworth’s Alternative Fuels Strategy, Trucks.com

    Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop, CALSTART

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  • Exceed the Standard

    Earlier this month the Trump Administration said it wants to freeze vehicle mileage standards after 2020, a move that that was privately challenged by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the meantime California has vowed to fight back against the proposed rollback of tailpipe emission limits and is simultaneously looking at other steps to reduce pollution including making gasoline fueled vehicles more expensive or offering even larger subsidies to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs). 

    California, of course, is not alone in championing the EV revolution. Earlier this week governors in New England and premiers in Eastern Canada reaffirmed their commitment to regional greenhouse gas reduction targets citing EV growth as key to meeting emission reduction goals. The province of Quebec is committed to advanced clean transportation options and most recently ordered 497 electric-hybrid bus systems from New York-based BAE which provides electric-hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric systems.

    On the west coast, a company called Envoy is doing their part to provide EV services in California (with plans to expand nationally). The company which has been around for 14 months is a shared mobility company providing on-demand EVs parked at apartments, offices and hotels for the use of tenants and guests. They’ve just announced seven new real estate and technology partners.

    Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) wants school districts to know that they now have their PowerDrive 4000ev for Type-A school buses available. With this addition, the EDI portfolio covers the whole school bus spectrum including Type C, D, and A. Motiv Power Systems has an eastward expansion of their school bus footprint with the purchase of two new Trans Tech eSeries Type A electric buses from NY-based Educational Bus Transportation. California’s Lodi Unified School District is pushing toward zero-emission and their Board just gave the go-ahead to apply for $1.6 million in California Energy Commission funds for five compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and two electric buses. 

    Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is the fuel of choice for Food Express Inc (FXI) which has also applied for a grant to pay for 11 new ultra-low emission natural gas trucks, with support from Southern California Gas (SoCalGas). FXI has an additional 35 trucks on order, ultimately replacing 55 of their fleet diesel trucks. Thanks to Gain Clean Fuel, RNG refueling is growing in Dallas, Texas. The Appleton, Wisconsin-based company has opened a new public station that can easily accommodate Class 8 vehicles. 

    It is pat yourself (or someone else) on the back time. Energy Storage North America (ESNA) invites nominations for projects you might know of related to energy storage in the mobility ecosystem. The nominations close on Monday, August 20th and winners will be recognized at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium on November 7. You won’t win if you don’t try-click here!

    Until Soon,


    EPA Challenged Safety of Administration Mileage Freeze, APNews

    California Ponders Plan B If Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight, Bloomberg 

    Governors and Premiers Promote EV Revolution, VTDIGGER

    Quebec Orders 497 Electric-Hybrid Bus Systems from BAE, Manufacturers’ Monthly

    Envoy Keeps Growing Community-Based EV Services in California, NGT News

    EDI Announces Availability of Drivetrain for School Buses, Green Car Congress

    Motiv Sees East Coast Opportunities for Electric School Buses, ChargedEVs

    California School District Makes More Alt-Fuel Moves, Lodi News-Sentinel

    Food Express Updating Fleet with NG Trucks, BulkTransporter

    Gain Clean Fuels Opens RNG Fueling Station in Dallas, Biomass Magazine

    ESNA Innovation Awards Deadline, ESNA

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  • 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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