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UPS Orders Electric Aircraft to Transport Cargo Between Facilities

An artist rendering of a UPS electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. An artist rendering of an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. is ordering 10 electric aircraft that are designed to take off and land like a helicopter, allowing it to fly cargo directly between its facilities in small markets and bypass airports.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Nikola Loses EVP Heading Fuel Cell Development

The Nikola Two and former executive vice president Jesse Schneider Nikola Two by Nikola Corp.; inset of Jesse Schneider via LinkedIn

Nikola Corp., the troubled hydrogen-powered and battery-electric truck startup, lost a key member of its executive team with the departure of the former head of its fuel cell development program.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford-Backed Self-Driving Startup Argo AI Mulling IPO This Year

Argo An Argo AI autonomous Ford Fusion in Pittsburgh. (Justin Merriman/Bloomberg News)

Argo AI, the self-driving startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, is considering going public as soon as this year, according to people familiar with its plans.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
April 5, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo CEO John Krafcik to Step Down, Become Adviser

Former Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks during a conference in California in 2018. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) Former Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks during a conference in California in 2018. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

John Krafcik stepped down as chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving vehicle division, and will stay on as an adviser to the business, the company said in a memo.

Mark Gurman and David Welch | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

EV Stocks Climbing Back on Biden’s ‘Green Tidal Wave’

A Tesla Inc. Model S electric vehicle A Tesla Inc. Model S electric vehicle. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Electric vehicle stocks, which were hit hard this year as investors shifted out of growth industries, are getting a boost as President Joe Biden mounts a major push to accelerate the adoption of battery-powered cars, and Chinese peers report strong March sales.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2021
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Connecticut Plan Outlines Strategies for Connected, Automated Vehicles

Volvo connected truck A Volvo Connected Truck at a trade show in 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Autonomous delivery services — and the challenges they present — are included as a consideration in the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s recently released strategic plan for connected and automated vehicles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 1, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Embark Announces First OEM-Agnostic Self-Driving Interface

Embark Universal Interface system sensors Sensors are part of the Embark Universal Interface system. (Embark)

Autonomous technology company Embark announced a new self-driving system whose components and flexible interfaces are intended to be OEM-agnostic and accelerate fleet deployments.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Volvo, Aurora Pair for Autonomous Trucking Service

Volvo Aurora truck Volvo Group

Volvo Group will partner with Aurora Innovation Inc. to develop and commercialize autonomous Class 8 trucks in North America.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
March 30, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Rivian Plans EV Charging Network

A Rivian electric vehicle Rivian promises its Waypoint 240-volt, “Level Two” chargers in every state park. Its SUV and pickup truck are aimed at overlanders who want to get away to national parks and other locations. (Rivian)

Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive is borrowing a page from Tesla Inc. and building an exclusive, fast-charger network for its coming R1T pickup and R1S SUV.

Henry Payne | The Detroit News
March 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

NLRB Finds Elon Musk Tweet Violated Labor Law

Elon Musk by Susan Walsh/Associated Press Elon Musk by Susan Walsh/Associated Press

DETROIT — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board.

March 26, 2021