June 10, 2020

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GM developing electric commercial van
General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users. While GM would not confirm the plan, sources told Reuters the van has a code name, BV1. The van would start production in late 2021 at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that will make GM’s new electric pickup truck. Full story
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Nikola goes public, orders equipment for hydrogen infrastructure
Electric-truck maker Nikola has officially merged with VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., becoming a Nasdaq publicly traded company, and announced plans to purchase equipment to create new hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Full story

Bridgestone to produce new fuel-efficient tire
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced it is releasing a new Firestone FD692 drive tire, offering fleets a fuel-efficient, SmartWay verified and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant tire.  Full story

DOT awards $130 million through Low-No Grant program
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded approximately $130 million in grants through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities.  Full story

New medium-duty truck batteries for Lightning Systems
Octillion Power Systems is collaborating with Lightning Systems to produce Class 6 electric trucks (up to 12.5 tons) capable of supporting “middle-mile” delivery logistics between warehouses and distribution centers. Full story

Electric commercial vehicle options will almost double this year
Despite the impacts of Covid-19 on vehicle sales and production, zero-emission (ZE) truck and bus models are on the verge of a major surge in the United States and Canada. New data from Calstart’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero’s Zero-Emission Technology Inventory (ZETI) tool shows that by the end of 2020, the U.S. and Canada are on track to have 169 different ZE commercial vehicle models available or soon-to-be-available for purchase compared to 95 models in 2019 – a 78% increase. Full story
GTA members achieving MVP status
NTEA's Member Verification Program (MVP) recognizes eligible companies in the work truck industry for outstanding business practices and successful implementation of quality standards.  View current GTA members with MVP status .
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