Volvo Buses, LowNo, Dubai, XL Hybrids.
Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has reached the Swedes from neighbouring Trondheim, Norway, where Tide Buss wants to deploy 35 all-electric models from August 2019. 25 will be delivered by Volvo in a turnkey package so they can join the other ten. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging, via rails installed at the end stops, and operate with the OppCharge interface.
55m dollars for LowNo buses: 51 projects in 39 states will receive funding through the U-S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle scheme. Mostly the money will be spend on electric buses and infrastructure; two projects are receiving a total of 3.2m for fuel cell buses.
Electric cabs in Dubai: The desert state has added 50 Teslas to the limo fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation. They will be allowed some level of autonomy in line with Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total journeys into driverless rides by 2030.
State fleet transformation: XL Hybrids announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System will be installed in 52 vehicles that serve five Massachusetts state agency fleets.