Lightning eMotors ZEV3 electric van first to be Altoona certified, now qualifies for federal and state grants
Commercial electrification specialist Lightning eMotors is celebrating its latest company feat in the form of Altoona testing certification for its ZEV3 battery electric passenger van. By receiving certification of granular testing by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the ZEV3 becomes the first Class 3 battery electric van to pass Altoona, meaning its purchases can now qualify for grants at both the federal and state level.Expand Expanding Close
The largest bus and transport services vehicle dealer in the US, Creative Bus Sales, is teaming up with Forest River Bus to meet the surging demand for zero-emission paratransit electric vans. Creative Bus Sales says it will have 1,000 Ford E-Transit EVs customized by Forest river available by the end of 2022.Expand Expanding Close
Your next trip to the slammer may be a breath of fresh air as first US prisoner transport EV rolls out
Going to prison is never good, but your next trip may be a breath of fresh air as the first electric prisoner transport EV rolls out in Cobb County, Georgia.Expand Expanding Close
Specialty vehicle manufacturer The Shyft Group has received its first pre-order for all-electric walk-in delivery vans under its new Blue Arc sub-brand. The initial order comes from one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the Carolinas and will consist of 2,000 Blue Arc electric delivery vans to begin.Expand Expanding Close
Reading, Pennsylvania-headquartered Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 electric Ford E-Transit cargo vans and is taking delivery of the first of those EVs in the next several weeks. This follows Penske’s successful pilot of the EVs in late 2022.Expand Expanding Close
Just like it says in the headline – here’s your chance to check out the nearly production-ready interior of the upcoming Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van weeks before VW wants you to see it!Expand Expanding Close
The Morris JE, a reimagining of the mid-20th-century British Morris J-type van, will debut next year. The electric van is pricey, but with incentives, nostalgic features, and hopefully quality, it will definitely turn heads.Expand Expanding Close
DHL announced today that it will introduce a new fleet of electric delivery vans to the U.S. market this year.
Last summer, a new startup called Chanje launched a commercial all-electric van in the US with Ryder as its “exclusive sales channel and service partner.”
Now Ryder is ordering a large fleet of 500 all-electric vans from Chanje to expand its North American electric commercial truck rental and ChoiceLease fleet.
Britain’s Car Magazine reports that Volkswagen’s BUDD-E electric vehicle has got the green light to go into production for 2020.
Volkswagen’s all-electric BUDD-e concept will make the jump into serial production, CAR understands. The VW BUDD-e concept, first seen at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is an ultramodern take on the VW ‘Microbus’ theme, built upon Volkswagen’s upcoming MEB modular electric platform. Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electronic development and the driving force behind the BUDD-e concept, told CAR magazine’s Ben Barry: ‘[The] basic idea is to develop a modular toolkit and take this flat battery idea into serial production, one motor on the front, one on the rear. The California [camper van] and Transporter [panel van and minibus line] will continue separately as combustion engines.’ ‘You will see a car that looks a lot like this, on the MEB platform, reach production. I can’t say exactly when, but 2020 or thereabouts,’ says Tanneberger.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the more electric vehicle options the better and we all know that the electrical vehicle market is lacking in van options. Also, it is clear from the popularity of the amazing eSamba project that there is a huge market for electric VW Busses.