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Green transportation describes many types of mobility that conserve energy, increase efficiency, and use clean and renewable alternative fuels. The transition from fossil fuels—gasoline and diesel—is well underway. Washington consumers and fleets increasingly use alternative fuels, such as clean electricity, biofuels, and renewable fuels, to move people and goods.

This is especially true for public fleets. The Washington legislature set ambitious goals and provides grants and incentives to support green transportation at all levels of government. The WSU Energy Program maintains this Green Transportation website to provide education and technical assistance to support public fleets’ transition to cleaner fuels.

 

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The Green Transportation Program is supporting the Washington State Department of Transportation gather input about a new mapping and forecasting tool that will be used to determine where new EV charging equipment should be installed. This effort is important as Washington’s transition to zero emission vehicles accelerates.

Read more about what this tool will do and share your ideas for making it successful using this online response form.

State electrification study reveals cost-effective paths to fleet electrification

In this report from the Washington Joint Transportation Committee, the study team evaluated the electrification potential for nearly 29,000 publicly owned vehicles operated by state agencies, school districts, and transit agencies. The outcome of the analysis was favorable for EVs, revealing several cost-effective pathways to widespread electrification by 2035.

Atlas Public Policy, which led this electrification study team, created a Dashboard for Rapid Vehicle Electrification (DRVE). With this Excel-based tool, users can compare their fleet’s conventional vehicles with an electric vehicle alternative to help determine the financial viability and environmental impact of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle fleet procurements across an entire fleet.

Policy Updates

The 2021 legislative session was momentous due to the scope of bills passed to address climate, clean fuels, and environmental justice. In the May meeting, the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Technical Assistance Group got a full report on these big changes and discussed what’s in the various budgets that position Washington at the leading edge of transportation innovation. Check out the meeting recording and presentation.

The most recent articles are at the top of this list.

Used Nissan EV batteries find new purpose in east Japan train crossings
Nissan Motor Corporation
East Japan Railway Company, one of Japan's leading rail providers, is trialing repurposed Nissan LEAF EV batteries in railroad crossing devices, an entirely new way to combine the technologies used in both rail travel and EVs.

REV Fire Group Receives Arizona Order for Fully Electric Fire Truck
Next-Gen Transportation News
The customizable Vector fire truck allows four hose lines to be in use for four hours on a single charge. Additional features include a superior battery storage solution offering a safer, lower center of gravity and regenerative braking.

Watch Out Tesla Semi, Volvo Trucks Adds Three New Models
Inside EVs
Volvo Trucks (not related to the Volvo Cars company) announced full electrification of its lineup in 2020 and is introducing three new EV truck models. This article includes YouTube videos that introduce these models.

Ford Explores Purpose-Built Electric Police Vehicles
Inside EVs
Ford has announced that as part of its more than $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025, it also is exploring all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles. Law enforcement demand for all-electric vehicles is growing worldwide.

A new electric bus plant in Ferndale
Port of Bellingham News Flash
The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded the Port of Bellingham a $300,000 economic development grant to support Vicinity Motor Corp. plans to build their new electric bus assembly line in Whatcom County. This investment will help Vicinity Motor Corp support the transition to more sustainable transit vehicles in public and private markets.

BP to more than double renewable diesel production at Cherry Point refinery
The Seattle Times
BP will spend $269 million at the Cherry Point refinery in Whatcom County to produce more renewable diesel, a biofuel, and make other improvements that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 7 percent.

Neste acquiring Agri Trading to strengthen renewable raw material trading and sourcing
Neste
Neste is acquiring Agri Trading, one of the largest independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders in the U.S. This agreement supports Neste’s renewables growth strategy to meet increasing customer demand for renewable solutions.

Rivian starts building R1T electric trucks for customers
Engadget
The first R1T EV rolled off the assembly line on Sept. 21, 2021.

See inside the cutting-edge new factory where Ford will build the electric F-150 Lightning.
Business Insider
Ford's first electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, is coming in spring 2022. The company is building a new facility in Dearborn, Michigan, to assemble the EV. The plant is packed with new tech like autonomous vehicle carriers, robots, and charging plugs.

Money and range: Experts note roadblocks to EV adoption
Utility Dive
The smaller the truck, the smaller the battery, which is why fleets such as PepsiCo's target medium-duty vehicles for electrification.

In Pursuit of Green Hydrogen for Trucking
Fleet Forward
As the world looks to decarbonize the transport sector, hydrogen is seen as one of the answers to the question of how to power trucks and other vehicles without harmful greenhouse gas emissions. But for a true zero-emissions future, the upstream process of producing and transporting that hydrogen fuel also needs to be “green.”

Penske, ROUSH CleanTech, and Proterra Announce New Collaboration for Next-Generation F-650 Electric Commercial Trucks
Penske
Penske Truck Leasing is teaming up with ROUSH CleanTech and Proterra Inc in a new collaboration to advance the development of its next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck. ROUSH CleanTech will integrate its advanced clean technology and control systems to leverage Ford's medium-duty chassis and Proterra's battery technology to Penske Truck Leasing, which will be the first customer for this next-generation product.

GM confirms third electric pickup truck ahead of Hummer production
CNBC
GM on July 19, 2021, confirmed it will offer an electric GMC full-size pickup truck, its third such vehicle under a $35 billion investment in EVs and autonomous vehicles.
It follows the GMC Hummer EV, which is expected to begin deliveries later this year, and an electric Chevrolet Silverado. Automakers are bullish on the segment due to the popularity of pickup trucks with fleet/commercial buyers as well as the amount of reported consumer reservations.

Buttigieg, DeFazio test drive electric LTD bus to promote transit infrastructure legislation
Register-Guard
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and local politicians toured Lane Transit District electric buses July 14, 2021, in Eugene, Ore., as a way of promoting new federal legislation aimed at modernizing transit infrastructure. The "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act" is a $715 billion, five-year transportation bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1The bill is aimed at creating jobs and spurring environmental improvements with nationwide transit projects.

Proterra Added to Washington State’s Purchasing Contract
Next-Gen Transportation News
Proterra Inc., a company that specializes in commercial vehicle electrification technology, has been selected by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services as a vendor to supply zero-emission battery-electric transit buses and charging infrastructure under the state’s regional cooperative purchasing contract.

Black & Veatch Leads Design, Construction of `Electric Island,’ a First-of-its-Kind, High-Capacity Public Charging Station Designed for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
Businesswire
As the automotive industry accelerates the delivery of electrified truck models, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE) are teaming up on a first-of-its-kind, public charging station specially designed for medium and heavy-duty electric commercial trucks.

Air Products and New Flyer Five-City Tour in Washington Demonstrates Benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Technology
PR Newswire
During the week of March 22, Sunline Transit Agency provided a New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ from its fleet of hydrogen buses to showcase the benefits of hydrogen in transit. As part of the demonstration, the transit team received training on how to fuel the bus and was then able to drive it on its regular route to get first-hand experience of how the vehicle performed under real-world conditions. Cities included in this tour were Bremerton, Renton, Olympia, Chehalis and Vancouver, Washington.

Pacific Northwest Officials Consider Hydrogen Fuel
U.S. News & World Report
Pacific Northwest government and industry officials are jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon to test if the alternative fuel could be a viable and green replacement for diesel and gasoline, in some situations.

Tesla competitor Rivian backs bill to open up Washington to electric vehicle direct sales
Washington State Wire
Rivian, a California-based Tesla competitor, is backing legislation that would allow “direct sales” of EVs in Washington. If this legislation passes, Rivian and other EV manufacturers could sell vehicles directly to customers without working through franchise auto dealerships.

Shell Says Hydrogen is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now for Biofuels?
Green Tech Media
A Deloitte report commissioned by Shell finds that the heavy-freight sector is increasingly planning for a switch to hydrogen.

All EVs by 2035? Report Shows Roadblocks
E&E News
This study, an update by the California Energy Commission on the state's EV charging needs, is the first to try to game out the implications of Gov. Gavin Newsom's earthshaking order to ban the sale of internal-combustion engines by 2035.

Georgia Tech Team Develops AI to Read EV Charging Station Reviews to Find Infrastructure Gaps
Green Car Congress
A team from Georgia Tech has developed an AI that can analyze user reviews of electric vehicle charging stations, allowing it accurately to identify places where there are insufficient or out-of-service stations.

Could Battery Health Reports Rescue An Ailing Used EV Market?
Green Car Reports
Tech-startup Recurrent offers vehicle reports for used electric cars. Recurrent produces reports that attest to battery condition in individual cars and provides insights about mileage and climate, and how charging habits are related to range and battery life.

Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Transition
Rocky Mountain Institute
Electrifying transportation network company ride-hailing vehicles is critical to accelerating the EV transition. Analyzing 100 million miles of electric and gasoline ridehailing vehicle data, this report offers recommendations to address three key barriers to implementation: technological capability, financial competitiveness, and charging infrastructure.

Proterra Set to Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction
Green Tech Media
Proterra makes EV transit buses, plus drivetrains, batteries and charging systems for growing heavy-duty electric transport market.

Inslee Announces Bold Climate Policy for Washington's 2021-2023 Budget
South Seattle Emerald
Governor Jay Inslee released a package of new climate change policies that will continue to push for cleaner fuel standards and limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in 2018 Due to Transportation
The Seattle Times
Increased pollution from transportation drove emissions higher in 2018 (the latest year that totals are available).

Electric Car Battery Pack Prices Fell 89% in Just 10 Years
CNET
Battery packs for electric cars checked off a milestone in 2020. For the first time, prices slid under $100 per kilowatt hour, and thorough analysis shows prices fell 89% in just 10 years.

Electric Vehicle Models Expected to Triple in 4 Years as Declining Battery Costs Boost Adoption
Utility Dive
The number of electric vehicle models available to consumers is expected to more than triple in the next three years, from roughly 40 to 127 in the U.S. as battery prices fall, charging infrastructure spreads and adoption rises.

US Fleets Cautious About Adopting Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Transport Topics
Hydrogen fuel cell technology will likely roll out in heavy-duty trucks over the next five years, but hurdles remain before U.S. motor carriers will adopt them beyond small numbers of test vehicles.

To Boost Emissions Reductions from Electric Vehicles, Know When to Charge
MIT News
MIT researchers developed a novel EV emissions model to quantify the importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

 

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