Plug-in gas truck: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) and Greenkraft announced they will work together on a plug-in hybrid CNG powertrain for medium-duty trucks. Meanwhile, the California Energy Commission awarded EDI 900,000 dollars in funding to support the development of the parallel-series multi-mode truck.
Ship-through funding: Motiv Power was able to raise 7.3 million dollars in funding to further develop their so-called ship-through modification sets. These upgrades enable truck and bus builders to install electric drivestrains with minimal effort in their existing vehicles.
Test track for wireless charging: Utah State University plans to build a 446-square-metre facility including an oval-shaped track to test wirelessly powered vehicles ranging from regular cars to full-sized buses. Construction could start as early as this autumn.
Fuel cell business: Ballard Power Systems licensed its intellectual property to the Taiwanese M-Field Energy Corporation for their operations in Europe. Ballard will also provide engineering services and become the exclusive supplier of fuel cell stacks for M-Field’s material handling solutions.
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