California bans sale of diesel big rig trucks starting in 2036 in landmark air pollution rule

By Paul Rogers 04/28/23
California air regulators on Friday approved first-in-the-nation rules to ban the sale of new diesel big rig trucks statewide by 2036, the latest step in the slow but steady phase-out of fossil fuels in the…
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Self-driving trucks struggle to deliver

By Joann Muller 04/26/23
Several startups working on self-driving trucks — viewed by many as an easier challenge than autonomous passenger cars — have stalled in recent months, leaving only a handful of players aiming to deliver on a…
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GM eliminates the Chevrolet Bolt, but electric pickups and SUVs are still going strong

By Nathan Bomey 04/26/23
Driving the news: General M0tors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that the automaker is discontinuing the Chevrolet Bolt — both the car version and the small utility version — and will revamp the factory where…
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Biden Administration Proposes Strongest-Ever Pollution Standards for a Clean-Transportation Future

Building on rapid advancements and investments in clean vehicle manufacturing, including investments in domestic manufacturing in the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA’s proposed standards would deliver on President Biden’s agenda to tackle the climate crisis. The…
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E.P.A. Lays Out Rules to Turbocharge Sales of Electric Cars and Trucks

By Coral Davenport 04/12/23
The Biden administration is proposing rules to ensure that two-thirds of new cars and a quarter of new heavy trucks sold in the U.S. by 2032 are all-electric....
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California’s big plans to electrify big rigs: Zero-emissions mandates gain momentum

By Rob Nickolewski 04/10/23
When people think of electric vehicles, they typically think of passenger cars, not commercial trucks or vans. But the volume of medium- and heavy-duty EVs is growing, and recent decisions by federal and California regulators…
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California to Require Half of All Heavy Trucks Sold by 2035 to Be Electric

By Coral Davenport 03/31/23
The state is setting strict limits to try to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from transportation, the sector of the American economy that generates the most greenhouse gases....
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Ford expects EV business unit to lose $3B this year, hit profitability in late 2026

By Kirsten Korosec 03/23/23
Ford lost about $3 billion on its EV and digital services business over the past two years, a unit now known as Model e, and isn’t expected to be profitable (on an adjusted basis that…
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Biden will let California lead on electric trucks, despite industry protest

By Anna Phillips 03/20/23
The EPA plans to grant California a waiver that will allow the state to phase out diesel-powered trucks, helping communities burdened by truck pollution....
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US Mail to be Delivered in 9,000 New Electric Vehicles, With USPS Installing 14,000 Charging Stations

By Andy Corbley 03/14/23
The US Postal Service is going to try and reduce its carbon footprint by buying 9,000 new Ford electric vehicles.
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Rivian is revisiting its exclusivity agreement with Amazon for EV delivery trucks

By Sara Salinas 03/13/23
Rivian and Amazon are in discussions to adjust the exclusivity clause of their agreement for the EV maker’s electric delivery trucks.
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USPS Moves Forward with Awards to Modernize and Electrify the Nation’s Largest Federal Fleet

By Albert Ruiz 02/28/23
The United States Postal Service awarded contracts today for 9,250 commercially available left-hand drive (LHD) battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as well as initial orders for more than 14,000 charging stations to be deployed at Postal…
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Ford Halts Output of F-150 Lightning EV Due to Battery Issue

By Nora Eckert   02/14/23  
Ford Motor Co. F -0.08%decrease; red down pointing triangle has halted production and shipments of its F-150 Lightning to address a potential battery issue, a setback in the company’s efforts to ramp up output of…
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Pickup Trucks From Workhorse To Joyride

By Will Chase, Jared Whalen and Joann Muller   01/23/23  
America has a love affair with pickup trucks. In 2022, the top three best-selling vehicles in America were pickup trucks, and among them, the Ford F-series reigns supreme. The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling…
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GM To Put Nearly $1 Billion More Into Production of Internal Combustion Engines

By Ed Garsten   01/20/23  
Don't write off the internal combustion quite yet. Despite its goal of an all battery electric vehicle portfolio by 2035, General Motors Co. announced Friday almost a billion dollars in new manufacturing investments—most of which…
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Ford leaves manufacturing group that opposes truck rules

By Mike Lee   01/19/23  
The move comes as other car companies have broken ties with the Truck and Engine Manufacturing Association, or EMA, which opposes a proposed rule by EPA to curb greenhouse gases from big trucks. A Ford…
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Snow go for NYC’s electric garbage trucks that can’t handle winter weather

By Sophia Chang   12/27/22  
Don’t count on seeing electric garbage trucks plowing snow from city streets any time soon. The city Department of Sanitation's goals to become carbon neutral are clashing with the limits of electric-powered vehicles. The department…
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This is why Tesla Semi will change road transport forever

By Enrique Llanes   12/19/22  
Just a couple of weeks ago Tesla started deliveries of their latest product: the Tesla Semi, which is aiming to shake up the trucking industry.
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Tesla Just Threw Down The Gauntlet

By Will Lockett   12/08/22  
One of the most significant disadvantages of an electric vehicle is its charging time. Even the fastest-charging cars, such as the Tesla Model Y, charge at 275 kW, which means filling a full tank can…
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Forest Service to test electric pickup trucks

By Andres Picon   12/06/22  
As part of the push to electrify government fleets, employees at three national forests will test out Ford F-150 Lightnings for field operations in rugged and remote areas.
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Watch Tesla Semi do something Bill Gates said wasn’t possible

By Fred Lambert   12/02/22  
Tesla has released a timelapse video of its Tesla Semi electric truck completing a 500-mile trip with a full load on a single charge – something Bill Gates and Daimler said wasn’t possible just a…
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Breakthrough Twin-Fuel Hydrogen Engine Could Cause A Revolution

By Will Lockett   10/22/22  
We are in a desperate race to halt our rampant carbon emissions and save the planet from our self-created catastrophe. Some of the most prominent technologies helping us achieve this venture are EVs and hydrogen…
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Truck makers tout an electric future. Privately, they’re stalling it.

By Anna Phillips   10/18/22  
Diesel trucks are some of the biggest health and climate offenders on the road. The industry isn’t racing to change that.
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The Tesla Semi Is Far More Revolutionary Than You Think

By Will Lockett   10/13/22  
Musk recently announced that the long-awaited Tesla Semi is scheduled to finally start production and that Pepsi will be the first to get delivery of this incredible machine on December 1st, 2022. The arrival of…
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Musk says Pepsi to receive Tesla’s first Semi trucks in December

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is starting Semi electric commercial truck production and PepsiCo Inc will get the first deliveries on Dec. 1, the electric vehicle maker's chief Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday. When Musk unveiled the…
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Ford hikes starting price of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup for second time in less than two months

By Michael Wayland   10/05/22  
The new price of the 2023 Lightning Pro, an entry-level model meant for commercial and business customers, will be $51,974 — up nearly 11% from previous pricing and a 30% increase from the original $39,974…
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Ford F-150 Lightning Powers Florida Man’s Cooking, Lights, Fridge, Entertainment During Hurricane Ian

By Zachary Shahan   10/03/22  
The Ford F-150 Lightning has just barely arrived on the market, yet I’ve already heard a few stories of the Lightning powering people’s needs in the event of power outages. The first I heard about…
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Amazon Will Power Trucks With ‘Electrofuel’ Diesel To Curb Carbon Emissions

By Alan Ohnsman   09/20/22  
Amazon, with a massive fleet of tens of thousands of delivery vehicles, will begin using a new, renewable form of diesel fuel for trucks in Southern California. The retail giant says this “electrofuel” diesel results…
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Ford’s U.S. Sales Rose 27% in August on Strong EV Demand

By Dean Seal   09/02/22  
Ford Motor Co.’s F 2.66%▲ U.S. sales rose 27% in August, rebounding from year-ago production shortages and benefiting from increased demand for electric vehicles. Ford F 2.66%▲ has been posting strong year-over-year gains this summer…
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Lucky drivers will get discount on Ford EV pickup for helping the grid

By Julian Spector   08/24/22  
A select group of drivers could soon knock a chunk off their lease payment for a hot new Ford F-150 Lightning — if they sign up for a smart-charging program with utility Duke Energy. It’s…
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Charting the Course for Early Truck Electrification

By Jessie Lund and Others   08/15/22  
Trucks in the United States produce 25 percent of transportation greenhouse gas emissions even though they only make up 10 percent of vehicles on the road. And the problem is growing — emissions from trucks…
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Nearly 20 states push ahead with truck electrification plan

By Kate Magill   07/28/22  
Nearly 20 states and jurisdictions have signed on to an action plan striving for 100% electric medium and heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2050. The plan, released Wednesday, includes policy recommendations for local lawmakers to consider…
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Amazon Wants 100,000 Electric Vans. Can Rivian Deliver?

By Jack Ewing   07/21/22  
Nearly three years ago, Amazon announced that it would buy 100,000 custom-made delivery vehicles from Rivian, a fledgling maker of electric vehicles. On Thursday, after some delays, the companies said hundreds of the vans were…
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USPS will make 40% of its new trucks electric, up from 10%

By Jacob Bogage   07/20/22  
The US Postal Service pledged Wednesday to electrify at least 40 percent of its new delivery fleet, an increase that climate activists hailed as a major step toward reducing the government’s environmental footprint.The Postal Service…
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Walmart to buy electric vehicle fleet for last-mile deliveries

By Worth Sparkman   07/12/22  
Walmart has a definitive agreement to buy 4,500 electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, the two companies announced Tuesday morning.The EV maker revealed last year it was relocating its headquarters to Bentonville. Why it matters: Farmers,…
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Ford Sales Jump in June on Big Gains for F-Series Pickup Trucks

By Keith Naughton   07/05/22  
Ford Motor Co. sales jumped 31.5% in June thanks to big gains from its top-selling pickup-truck line, including the electric F-150 Lightning. Deliveries of F-Series trucks rose 26.3% from a year ago, Ford said in…
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Self-driving EV heavy trucks are coming to a work site near you

By Joann Muller   06/02/22  
Autonomy startup SafeAI is partnering with German industrial titan Siemens to create electric, autonomous heavy trucks for Japanese construction giant Obayashi, Axios is first to report. Why it matters: Construction and mining companies are under…
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Reality Check: Electric Trucks Are Viable Today

By Laurie Stone   05/25/22  
Many people think that electric trucks can’t do the job — they won’t have a long enough driving range, they will be too heavy, truckers won’t like them. However, that couldn’t be farther from the…
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Mary Barra’s ‘Long Game’: Winning the E.V. Race

By Neal E. Boudette   05/12/22  
General Motors made a splash last year when it announced a bold plan to ramp up sales of electric vehicles and said it would stop making gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.
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House panel will investigate USPS plan to purchase 8.6 mpg trucks

By Jacob Bogage   05/12/22  
State attorneys general and top environmental groups have already sued the Postal Service to block the $11.3 billion truck contract.
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16 states, D.C., climate activists sue USPS to block truck purchase

By Jacob Bogage   04/28/22  
Sixteen states, the District of Columbia and environmental activist groups are suing the U.S. Postal Service to block its purchase of 148,000 gas-guzzling delivery trucks over the next decade, alleging the agency has vastly underestimated…
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States, environmental groups sue USPS over gas-powered trucks

By Zack Budryk   04/28/22  
Sixteen states and a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for its decision to upgrade the majority of its fleet with fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
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Ford lost $3.1 billion in the first quarter.

By Neal E. Boudette   04/27/22  
Ford Motor said on Wednesday that it lost $3.1 billion in the first three months of the year because of a sharp drop in the stock price of Rivian, an electric vehicle start-up that Ford…
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Tesla Will Sell Its Long-Awaited Cybertruck Next Year, Elon Musk Says

By Jack Ewing   04/09/22  
The truck, with an angular design and a stainless-steel skin that set it apart from traditional pickups, has been delayed after an inauspicious unveiling in 2019, when a designer lobbed a metal ball at a…
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Maersk doubles down on fleet electrification with Volvo EV order

By Alejandra Salgado   03/31/22  
A.P. Moller - Maersk said it would order an additional 110 electric trucks from Volvo to support increased demand from customers looking to decarbonize their supply chains, according to an announcement on Tuesday.
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When will EV trucks be ready for large-scale adoption? It’s complicated

By Jeff St. John   03/17/22  
Last week was full of important developments in the ongoing effort to electrify the nation’s full range of trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency published its clean trucks proposal — the first major shift in EPA…
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Why EPA’s new heavy truck rule could yet be a gamechanger

By The Climate Reality Project   03/14/22  
EPA’s new proposed rule limiting toxic tailpipe emissions from heavy trucks could not only mean clean air for millions but also jumpstart electrification of the trucking and bus sectors on a massive scale. But only…
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Democrats Want Investigation Into Postal Service’s Gas Guzzlers Contract

By Lisa Friedman   03/14/22  
A group of House Democrats called Monday for an investigation into a decision by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to purchase up to 165,000 gasoline-powered mail trucks over the Biden administration’s objections that the multibillion-dollar contract…
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Biden administration moves to cut smog-forming pollution from trucks

By Dino Grandoni   03/07/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency proposes curbing nitrogen oxide and carbon pollution amid an online shopping boom, but some environmentalists call for stricter limits
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This California startup wants to be the Pony Express of electric trucking

By Jeff St. John   02/10/22  
Here’s the pitch: First, build enormous electric truck-charging hubs in three major freight transport centers in Southern California. Procure electric trucks from major manufacturers such as Volvo and Tesla, and establish partnerships with companies that…
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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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EPA: New mail-delivery fleet needs more electric vehicles

By Matthew Daly   02/03/22  
A U.S. Postal Service plan to replace its huge fleet of mail-delivery trucks has too few electric vehicles and falls short of President Joe Biden’s goals to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency said…
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EPA presses USPS to halt purchase of up to 165K gas-powered vehicles

By Zack Budryk   02/02/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Wednesday asked the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider plans to purchase a predominantly gas-powered fleet of up to 165,000 trucks.
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These EVs are cheaper to own than their gas-powered counterparts

By Adele Peters   02/01/22  
Ford’s new F-150 Lightning—the electric pickup that can double as backup power for your house in a blackout—is 17% more affordable to own than the gas-powered version of the vehicle. That’s according to a new…
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America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric

By John Seabrook   01/24/22  
When I was twelve, in 1971, the walls of my bedroom in southern New Jersey were covered with full-page photographs of rail dragsters and “funny cars” with swollen engines which I carefully razor-bladed from hot-rod…
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Coal and trucks pushed US ‘further off track’ for climate targets in 2021

By Josh Gabbatiss   01/10/22  
US emissions surged by 6.2% last year, boosted by a renewed reliance on coal power amid soaring natural gas prices, according to the Rhodium Group. After falling sharply in 2020 due to the economic impact…
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How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

By Laura Bliss   01/06/22  
California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are requiring a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025.
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1 big thing: Why electric pickups are so hot

By Ben German and Andrew Freedman   01/05/22  
Ford's stock jumped 12% Tuesday after it revealed plans to boost production of the electric F-150 pickup, and today rival General Motors will unveil the electric version of the Chevy Silverado pickup, Ben writes.
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Europe’s Largest Logistics Company Taps Volvo For 25 More Electric Trucks

By Austin Tannenbaum   12/23/21  
It was announced Wednesday that DFDS, Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, placed an order for an additional 25 heavy electric trucks from Volvo Trucks: AB Volvo’s Sweden-based truck manufacturing arm. This order extends DFDS’s…
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Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

By Lawrence Ulrich   11/25/21  
The redoubtable Rivian R1T, the first crusher in a coming wave of electric pickup trucks, can soar unscathed over gnarly boulders, hitch an 11,000-pound load and scorch 60 m.p.h. in about 3.5 seconds. The truck…
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Be prepared for what nature throws at you with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, enabled by the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, allows you to use your truck as a…
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DOE Announces Nearly $200 Million to Reduce Emissions From Cars and Trucks

Vice President Kamala Harris will join U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York today to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $199 million to fund 25 projects aimed at putting…
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