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The EPA’s New Truck and Bus Rules Could Be Good for Rivian — and BYD

By Robinson Meyer 03/29/24
The Biden administration continued its crackdown on carbon pollution from the transportation sector on Friday, finalizing tough new limits on tailpipe emissions from heavy-duty trucks and buses. The new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency…
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Hydrogen Heavy Vehicle Fleets Are Much Higher Maintenance

By Michael Barnard 03/07/24
One of the interesting things I’ve been doing is participating in a review group for a European study on heavy vehicle decarbonization comparisons and simulations. That means, among other things, that I’m poking at the…
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GM’s Cruise Owns Up to Robotaxi Mess in Hopes of Returning to Roads

By David Welch 01/26/24
General Motors Co. blamed poor leadership for mishandling its Cruise robotaxi crisis, an admission the carmaker is hoping will help get its cars back on the roads.
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U.S. Postal Service Unveils First Postal Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Electric Delivery Vehicles

01/24/24
Today, the United States Postal Service (USPS), alongside White House officials, unveiled its first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC). Charging stations like these will…
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Uber says it’s working with Tesla to boost EV adoption among drivers

By Harshita Mary Varghese 01/17/24
Uber (UBER.N), opens new tab is working with Tesla (TSLA.O), opens new tab to promote use of electric vehicles by its drivers in the United States as it works towards becoming emission-free in U.S. and…
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How self-driving cars can gain the public’s trust

By Joann Muller 11/27/23
Better transparency and tighter rules could improve public trust in self-driving cars amid safety concerns involving Cruise robotaxis, experts tell Axios.
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GM’s Cruise Halts All US Robotaxi Service After Suspension for Pedestrian Who Was Dragged

By Aarian Marshall 10/26/23
Cruise, the self-driving arm of General Motors, said late today it had halted its robotaxi service across the US and would no longer operate its vehicles without safety drivers behind the wheel. That decision to…
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BYD Cars Aren’t In The US Yet, But Its Electric Trucks & Buses Have Been Serving Americans for Years

By Raymond Tribdino 09/30/23
Over the course of the last three months, BYD Motors has added nearly 20 buses and several trucks to various fleets across the US. The delivery of these new battery-electric heavy-duty vehicles, and partnerships between…
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A Robotaxi Experiment

By Lora Kelley 08/29/23
Driverless taxis have arrived on the streets of San Francisco. The self-driving car companies Cruise and Waymo got the green light to expand their robotaxi fleets in the city earlier this month. The cars’ arrival…
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New York City to Require More Zero-Emission Cars for Ridesharing

By Brandon Sapienza 08/16/23
Uber Inc., Lyft Inc. and other rideshare operators would be required to include only zero-emission or wheelchair-accessible vehicles in their New York City fleets by 2030, under a proposal by Mayor Eric Adams and the…
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Hop on the bus

07/31/23
This week an all-electric double-decker bus will embark on a cross-country trip from Newark, CA to Winter Garden, FL, powering up exclusively at public chargers along the way.
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Infrastructure funding is bringing zero-emission buses to communities that need them most

By Katie Myers 06/28/23
Across the country, fleets of aging, groaning, gas-guzzling buses are being replaced with new electric models. On Monday, the Biden administration announced nearly $1.7 billion in grants for municipal transportation departments serving cities, rural areas,…
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I Transport Dreams

05/04/22
As both pioneer and leader in alternative fuel vehicles, Blue Bird was first to market electric school buses in 1994. With advances in battery technology, we can now offer efficient and affordable electric-powered buses. The…

All-electric type d school bus

05/04/22
The eLionD was designed, created and manufactured to be 100% electric. Lion’s proven transportation electrification technology and expertise is now translated into an all-electric Type D school bus. The eLionD components require very little maintenance…

Lion Electric Chosen For V2x Collaboration With U.S. Department Of Energy And Industry Leaders To Develop Bidirectional Charging Infrastructure

04/27/22
Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, has announced that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S.…

Public Transportation

10/07/21
The latest on mass transit around the world, from mobility and types of public transport to policy and road safety...

Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy

07/19/21
Public transportation is reducing energy consumption and harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions that damage the environment. Traveling by public transportation uses less energy and produces less pollution than comparable travel in private vehicles.…

The first stop in your electric journey? Right here.

04/22/20
Electric buses are emissions-free at the tailpipe, noise pollution-free and fossil fuel-free. But they’re not a plug-and-play proposition. In fact, the route to electric vehicles (EVs) is complex and includes twists and turns like infrastructure,…

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VW to launch electric version of venerable Bus in 2024

By Peter Valdes-Dapena   06/02/23  
America apparently needs more car seats. So, when Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Buzz, a retro-styled electric van, last year, it noted that the version for the North American market would be longer and would have…
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Editorial: Put the brakes on L.A.’s all-electric bus plan? No way

By The Times Editorial Board   05/24/23  
When Southern California’s biggest transit agency adopted plans six years ago to make its entire fleet of buses pollution-free by 2030, it was a big step forward for local action on climate and air quality.
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

By Boone Ashworth   04/03/23  
You’ve probably got the whole ride-sharing thing figured out. Call a taxi or Uber, climb into the back seat, chat with the driver a bit, and be on your way. If anything goes wrong, the…
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Global race to boost electric vehicle range in cold weather

By Tom Krisher and Mark Thiesse   03/04/23  
Alaska’s rugged and frigid interior, where it can get as cold as minus 50 Fahrenheit (minus 46 Celsius), is not the place you’d expect to find an electric school bus. But here is Bus No.…
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EV Hype Overshadows Public Transit as a Climate Fix

By Skylar Woodhouse and Saleha Mohsin   01/25/23  
President Joe Biden has fought for tax breaks for EV buyers, urged carmakers to convert their fleets and secured billions of dollars to wire a coast-to-coast network of charging stations. In 2021, he even slipped…
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The Day I Stood in the Path of a Driverless Bus

By James Barron   10/20/22  
As a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, I know what I’m supposed to do. So you won’t be surprised that I stopped a two-and-a-half-ton bus. And I did it without leaping over any…
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Electric bus orders surge, but deliveries lag

By Dan Zukowski   08/11/22  
Transit bus manufacturers New Flyer and Proterra reported continued growth in new orders for battery-electric buses but deliveries slowed due to component shortages, the companies said in earnings announcements last week. “We are seeing significant…
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Turning Public Transit into a Solar Paradigm

By Kennedy Maze   07/01/22  
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon once advised that one of the 50 ways to leave your lover is to “hop on the bus, Gus.” But on Martha’s Vineyard, the popular vacation destination off the Massachusetts coast, hopping…
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New York schools have five years to begin electric bus conversion

By Rachel Silberstein   04/13/22  
A provision in the New York state budget enacted on Friday seeks to transform the school transportation sector on an ambitious timeline, requiring all school buses purchased after 2027 to run on electricity and replacing…
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Boston to replace school buses with electric ones by 2030

By Mark Pratt   04/06/22  
Boston plans to replace its entire fleet of more than 700 school buses with electric vehicles by 2030, starting with 20 buses that will be taking kids to school some time during the next school…
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US school bus maker Blue Bird receives its largest-ever order of electric school buses

By Michelle Lewis   03/29/22  
California’s Modesto City Schools ordered 30 Blue Bird All American Type D electric school buses to convert nearly half of its diesel-powered fleet to electric. The school district expects to save more than $250,000 a…
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The Biden administration wants to electrify city and school buses

By Veronica Erwin   03/07/22  
The electrified future of transportation is coming to city and school buses across the U.S. On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced billions in funding for programs that will reduce carbon emissions from public transit,…
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Electric School Bus Ride & Drive Event in Albany!

03/04/22  
On Wednesday, March 2nd, NYLCV held a ride and drive event for New York State Legislators with some electric school bus manufacturers. Electric school buses from Blue Bird, Lion Electric Company, and a retrofitted diesel…
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Where to encounter some of the first self-driving vehicles

By Joann Muller   02/03/22  
More driverless trucks and taxis are going to be on the roads in the near future — if you know where to look. (Primarily San Francisco and Phoenix.) Why it matters: Years of simulations and…
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More electric buses join transit fleets as costs and technology improve

By Dan Zukowski   02/02/22  
Planning, training and learning from other cities will smooth the transition to zero-emission bus fleets, say transit leaders.
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The Big Deal About NYC’s First Electric School Buses Being Diesel Repowers

By Joseph Wachunas   01/07/22  
New York City has committed to going all-electric with its school buses by 2035. The first electric school buses are hitting the city’s streets now and they are pioneering a new model for transitioning their…
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Maryland Department of Transportation Makes Plans for Total Electric Bus Fleet

By David Worford   12/22/21  
Following Maryland’s Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act as well as the growing need to stay on top of technology and replace its aging fleet, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)…
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Traffic is Boring: Tracking Elon Musk’s tunneling proposals

By Zachary Phillips   11/17/21  
Elon Musk wants to solve traffic congestion. The richest man in the world founded the Boring Co. in December 2017, in hopes of solving traffic problems in major cities by creating underground systems. Unlike other…
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Lion Electric receives conditional PO for 1,000 electric school buses, the largest fleet in North America

By Scooter Doll   10/25/21  
Medium and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric Co. recently announced a conditional purchase order from Student Transportation of Canada (STC) for 1,000 of its all-electric Lion C school buses. The PO is dependent upon a…
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Hyundai’s New EV Will Soon Be a Self-Driving Taxi

By Marc Carter   09/02/21  
Self-driving cars are expected to arrive in the next few years and with that, the way you get around will be forever changed. With the arrival of self-driving cars, that also means that a common…
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Electric school bus investments could drive US vehicle electrification

By Dan Lashof   09/01/21  
In early August, President Joe Biden set an ambitious and necessary goal for half of all new passenger vehicles sold in the United States to be electric by the end of the decade.
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Maryland RFI Seeks Microgrid Information to Help Electrify Bus Fleet

By Lisa Cohn   06/29/21  
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) for firms that can plan, provide, operate, and maintain facilities for bus electrification, and it is considering incorporating microgrids into the project.
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Metro is phasing out diesel-powered buses, with plans to transform its fleet to electric by 2045

By Justin George   06/24/21  
Metro will phase in an electric-powered bus fleet over more than two decades under a plan the transit agency’s board of directors approved Thursday.
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School bus fleet to go electric in Montgomery County, Maryland

By YCC Team   06/14/21  
Students in Montgomery County, Maryland, will soon have a cleaner, quieter ride to school. The local public school system is replacing 25 of its old diesel school buses with electric. And it plans to convert…
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How to Electrify the School Bus Fleet in the U.S.

06/01/21  
The yellow school bus is an American icon, with a timeless design that is recognized at a glance across the country. Ferrying millions of children to school each day, the yellow school bus is also…
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NYC’s purchase of school buses should supercharge transition to electric fleet: advocates

By Michael Elsen-Rooney   03/22/21  
The city’s purchase of hundreds of yellow buses could jump-start what has been a slow effort to add electric vehicles to the diesel-guzzling school-bus fleet, advocates argue in a new report.
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MCPS to become nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses

By Nick Iannelli   02/25/21  
Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland’s largest school system, will add hundreds of electric bus school buses to its fleet, and will become the biggest operator of electric school buses in the U.S., with the goal…
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A lesson in electric school buses

By Steven Mufson and Sarah Kaplan   02/24/21  
Hundreds of electric school buses are about to hit the roads in Montgomery County in an effort to cut tailpipe emissions that warm the planet and can affect student health.
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Belleville School District to Add Two New Electric Buses, Funded by a State Grant

By Tap Into Newark Staff   02/22/21  
The ride to school will soon be more environmentally friendly for some Belleville students. The school district will be adding two new electric school buses from Lion Electric valued at $834,604 through a grant contributed…
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BSD Electric Bus Delivery

02/05/21  
BSD is the first school district in the state of Oregon to receive delivery of two electric school buses, with the help of a $561,727 grant from Portland General Electric. Learn how the district was…
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Central Kitsap School District adds electric touch to school bus fleet

By Jeff Graham and Kitsap Sun   02/02/21  
Dozens of students at PineCrest Elementary in East Bremerton are enjoying a unique ride to school these days in an electric bus that began its transportation duties on Jan. 22. The zero-emission electric bus is…
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Electric school bus fleet in NY State. Lion Electric buses will be used also as power storage unit

By Editorial   12/04/18  
New York State has launched an electric school bus test fleet. The five vehicles were purchased from Lion Electric and are used by the operator National Express. Range? About a hundred kilometers, with night recharging…
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