US revives school bus electrification efforts
In the Maryland county of Montgomery, an initiative for the electric conversion of buses has been launched, marking the largest single electric school bus procurement in the USA so far. Additionally, Los Angeles has ordered 10 Lion electric school buses and California has begun installing charging stations at their schools. Weiterlesen
Proterra to supply batteries for the Volta Zero
Volta Trucks has appointed Proterra as battery supplier for the Volta Zero electric truck. The Proterra batteries will help the all-electric 16-tonne truck, which is designed for inner-city freight transport, to achieve a real-world range of up to 200 kilometres. Weiterlesen
Proterra presents the ZX5 electric bus
The US manufacturer Proterra presented its latest electric bus model, the ZX5. The electric bus is being offered in two length variants of 35 feet (10.7 metres) and 40 feet (12.2 metres) with 29 and 40 seats respectively. Weiterlesen
Toronto launches third electric bus variant
With the arrival of a third electric bus model, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) now has what it claims to be the largest fleet of electric buses in North America. However, the superlative claim will soon be taken by the city of LA in the USA. Weiterlesen
Edmonton launches their first electric buses
Public transport operator Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) unveiled the first 21 Proterra electric buses they have received so far. Another 19 Proterra buses are expected to arrive this year to make a total fleet of 40 electric buses. The Proterra buses will begin service in early August. Weiterlesen
Proterra appoints Jack Allen as CEO
The US American electric bus manufacturer Proterra has appointed current Chairman Jack Allen to double as Chief Executive Officer. Ryan Popple, Proterra’s CEO since 2014, was named Co-Founder and Executive Director. Weiterlesen
Virginia to take Thomas Built Buses to school
The Daimler subsidiary was selected as the supplier for the 50 fully electric school buses of the initial phase of Dominion Energy’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. This will be the largest deployment of electric school buses in the USA yet. Weiterlesen
Electrify America partners with Lyft in Denver
The Volkswagen subsidiary founded following the DieselGate scandal has announced an agreement with Lyft to supply the rideshare company’s Express Drive fleet with fast charging, as well as an investment in electric buses for a new route at UC Davis-Sacramento. Weiterlesen
Electric school buses for Michigan “sponsored” by VW
The Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation has kicked off its Electric School Bus Pilot Project supported with Volkswagen settlement funds following dieselgate. The programme uses electric school buses of various makes and includes V2G testing. Weiterlesen
USA: CLT Airport also opts for Proterra electric buses
North Carolina’s airport Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) has purchased five Proterra electric buses with 125 kW charging systems. CLT is the ninth airport to buy e-buses for ground transport from Proterra and joins a growing list of major US airports electrifying their fleets. Weiterlesen
Proterra launches energy ecosystem
US heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Proterra has just launched Proterra Energy fleet solutions, a suite of turnkey options for electric fleets. The ecosystem includes design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization for charging infrastructure. Weiterlesen
San Francisco Airport goes for Proterra electric buses
San Francisco Internation (SFO) has purchased six Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. The buses will be part of the airport’s fleet that currently shuttles passengers between the terminals, long-term parking garages and other airport locations along daily routes. Weiterlesen
Tesla, GM & Co. demand tax credit reform in the USA
In the U.S., a new alliance of well-known e-mobility players called the EV Drive Coalition is campaigning for a reform of tax credit regulations. Current regulations entitle buyers of e-vehicles to up to 7,500 dollars in tax-credits, but limits this number to an upper limit of 200,000 e-vehicles per manufacturer. The EV Drive Coalition is […] Weiterlesen
USA: Daimler investing millions into Proterra
U.S. busmaker Proterra has closed a funding round under Daimler’s lead with 155 million dollars. While the investment of Daimler is undisclosed, it is confirmed that the deal has the potential to whirl the electric school bus market up to new heights. Weiterlesen
Edmonton transit orders 25 Proterra buses
The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has ordered 25 new 40 ft Proterra Catalyst E2 max electric buses from the US American manufacturer. The new buses will replace 25 vehicles from the agencies current diesel bus fleet. Weiterlesen
USA: ADL & Proterra launching electric double-deckers
Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis (ADL) will be sending two of their Enviro500 double decker buses to California for public transit use, fitted with a Proterra battery system. They are the first electric double deckers to make it across the pond. Weiterlesen
High power charging in all forms with Proterra
Proterra is entering the high power charging segment as their new solutions comply with the latest SAE standards. This includes plugging in as well as hanging in there, as in overhead charging systems. The new applications range from 60 kW – 500 kW. Weiterlesen
San Mateo County buses to go all-electric
The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has ordered 10 electric buses from Proterra, which will replace 10 diesel buses. It’s the agency’s first such order of many more to come, as SamTrans wants to electrify its entire bus fleet by 2033. Weiterlesen
BMW, General Motors, Proterra, UltraCharge.
BMW to extend its Research and Innovation centre: The German carmaker intends to expand its development centre FIZ close to Munich by 50 percent by 2050. In a first stage, the company invests 400m euros in order to “create an innovative working environment for 5,000 employees by 2019”. The centre’s task is to develop next-generation drivetrains for BMW’s electrified line-up, among others.
Fuel cell platform for autonomous trucks: General Motors has introduced a flexible platform called SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) that is based on a fuel cell system with two electric motors and a li-ion battery pack. It shall enable a range of up to 640 km and particularly fit for military, cargo and public service use.
motortrend.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com
Electric bus drivetrain by Proterra: The U.S. manufacturer shows a new drivetrain including two electric motors for its Catalyst buses. The 375kW system called DuoPower shall be twice as efficient as its predecessor system ProDrive. Additionally, Proterra teams up with Belgium bus manufacturer Van Hool and supplies its battery system E2 to the latter’s electric CX bus line-up. Just recently, Proterra’s battery pack contributed to set a new world record range for an electric vehicle.
UltraCharge acquires IP assets from ETV Energy: For 200,000 dollars and up to 90m shares, Australian company UltraCharge has acquired new cathode intellectual property assets from ETV Energy. The Israeli battery specialist has created a high voltage LiMnNO spinel cathode that is said to offer advantages in terms of voltage, energy capacity and power capacity. Among others, UltraCharge plans to combine the high voltage cathode with its own fast charging anode to develop a new and improved battery.
Proterra Record Drive.
Reaching 1,772 km on one charge, an electric bus made by Proterra set a new world record. This enormous distance got possible through a 660 kWh battery pack and of course a particularly leisurely driving style.
Nikola, Bosch, Electrovaya, Proterra, Ballard.
Bosch powertrain for Nikola’s H2 trucks: The U.S. start-up partners with German supplier Bosch in order to equip its upcoming H2 trucks Nikola One and Nikola Two with Bosch’s eAxle – a compact unit combining the electric motor, power electronics and transmission. The fuel cell vehicles’ market launch is due by 2021.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, bosch-presse.de
Major order for Electrovaya: The Canadian battery specialist has signed a contract worth 4.3m Canadian dollars (3.51m USD) with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The reason is that Walmart intends to replace lead acid batteries of forklifts in one of its distribution centres through lithium ion battery systems.
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New battery cell for utility vehicles: U.S. electric bus manufacturer Proterra teams up with Korean battery specialist LG Chem in order to develop a new cell, meeting particularly the performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market. Proterra’s new battery facility in Burlingame/California has meanwhile started production. After an initial ramp-up period, the company hopes to reach a total output of 500 MWh annually.
Ballard joins Hydrogen Council: Canadian fuel cell specialist Ballard is now a member of the Hydrogen Council, which was founded at the World Economic Forum in January in order to encourage investments in fuel cell technology. Members are vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki and Toyota, but also companies like Air Liquide, ENGIE, Shell, Linde, Total, Alstom, Anglo American, Iwatani, Plastic Omnium – and now also Ballard Power Systems
Reading tip: An electric demo bus in California prove 8 times higher fuel efficiency compared to a CNG bus on the same route. The research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used a Proterra electric bus to prove their point.
Click tip: Tesla launched a cost calculator online that predicts cost for Supercharger use. In Europe, they will amount to 0.24 Euro/kWh (0.2 $/kWh)
tesla.com/supercharger via electrek.co