The EX90 will arrive as Volvo’s first EV with bi-directional charging and the ability to power your home

Volvo Cars continues to offer fresh tidbits pertaining to its upcoming all-electric flagship SUV – the EX90. Ahead of its full debut in November, we have now learned that the latest EV will the first Volvo to include bi-directional charging, arriving with the technology to power your home, devices, and eventually send surplus energy back to the electrical grid.


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The first ‘utility scale’ renewable energy plant combining solar and wind generation with battery storage opens in the US

A utility-scale renewable energy plant using wind and solar combined with battery storage opened last week, a US first, with the potential of powering 100,000 homes with clean, reliable energy. The project gives us a glimpse into the future as the US shifts from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.


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Webinar: Why Model Batteries?

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In this free webinar at our Fall Virtual Conference (October 17-20, 2022), we will discuss and demonstrate how COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Battery Design Module provide different features and functionalities for battery design and analysis, which can help in the development of the next generation of batteries and facilitate the integration of these batteries into final electrical devices.

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Ford F-150 Lightning Pro price raised again, now $12,100 higher than in 2021

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning ProThe Ford F-150 Lightning has already been given a price hike for the 2023 model year, in this case, applying only to base, fleet-oriented Lightning Pro models. The base Lightning Pro now has a $51,974 base price, along with a $1,795 destination charge, for the 2023 F-150 Lightning Pro. Ford originally priced the F-150 Lightning Pro at…
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Miami-Dade to buy 42 Proterra electric transit buses and 75 chargers

Miami-Dade Transit has ordered 42 electric transit buses from commercial vehicle OEM Proterra (NASDAQ: PTRA). The agency will also install 75 Proterra chargers across three bus depots.

The 42 Proterra ZX5+ 40-foot e-buses pack a total of 19 megawatt-hours of battery storage capacity, and the charging installation will crank out a total of 9 megawatts of power.

This latest order will give Miami-Dade a total of 75 Proterra electric transit buses. The first buses from this batch are to be delivered later this year.

Proterra prides itself on delivering a comprehensive EV solution for commercial fleets, including battery systems, buses and charging infrastructure. Proterra Energy offers a turnkey infrastructure solution for fleets, including design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization.

“With these new electric buses, Miami-Dade will lead the way with the largest sustainable transportation fleet in Florida and one of the largest in the nation,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“It’s great to welcome another fleet of electric buses—not only to protect our environment but to keep our neighborhoods quieter,” said County Commissioner Eileen Higgins. “The ultimate goal is to get out of our cars and ride on a completely carbon-neutral form of public transportation, and we are surely making our way there.”

Driivz to provide EV charging and energy management platform for Shell

Oil giant Shell has selected the Driivz EV charging and smart energy management software platform to support its build-out of new charging locations in 10 European countries.

Initially, Shell will deploy Driivz’s EV charge point operations management software as the framework for new installations in Austria and France.

The Driivz platform provides real-time monitoring of charger status and remote self-healing capabilities that the company claims can proactively resolve up to 80% of charger issues. The platform is hardware-agnostic, and supports many charger types and standards, including all OCPP protocols.

The Driivz solution will integrate with the oil company’s Shell Recharge app. Driivz will also provide its energy management software for Shell’s commercial and fleet customers.

“We are thrilled to help Shell [provide] the best and most convenient EV charging experience available,” said Doron Frenkel, CEO and founder of Driivz. “We are excited about the synergies between our two companies and our shared vision for e-mobility and sustainability.”

VIA Motors secures order for 2,000 Class 3 electric chassis cabs

VIA Motors is one of the most venerable names in the commercial EV space—we’ve been covering the company since its 2010 founding. The company got a lot of early press, thanks to its mediagenic chairman, the unlikely EV pioneer Bob Lutz, but later dropped off the radar. The commercial EV market has been frustratingly slow to develop, but unlike many companies founded around that time, VIA is very much alive.

Now the company has received a purchase order for 2,000 Class 3 electric cutaway chassis cabs from Pegasus Specialty Vehicles. Pegasus will use VIA’s chassis to build Type A school buses, electric shuttles and paratransit buses.

The VIA-based Pegasus bus will feature a 400 hp motor, a 180-mile range, all-wheel drive, low floor height and a tight turning radius. Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the units will range from 12,500 to 14,000 pounds, and payload will range from 7,000 to 8,200 pounds.

Pegasus has an agreement with Creative Bus Sales, which has a network of 23 dealers throughout the US and Canada, to support the sale and servicing of its vehicles. In total, Pegasus has 56 dealer sales and service centers.

“Our customers are looking for new and better solutions, and the Pegasus Type A school buses, electric shuttle and paratransit bus bodies on the VIA Electric Chassis provide us with exactly that,” said Jason Hohalok, Sales Manager for Creative Bus Sales California.

“With our innovative electric commercial vehicles, we can provide an EV solution to not only the bus, shuttle and transit segments, but also to many of the commercial segments,” said Bob Purcell, CEO of VIA Motors.