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Nikola CEO Mark Russell Says Trevor Milton Was Prone to Exaggerate

Nikola CEO Mark Russell Nikola CEO Mark Russell at a September 2021 media briefing. (Andreas Gilbert/Bloomberg News)

Nikola Corp.’s chief executive officer told a jury he learned only after joining the company that its debut electric truck had neither a gas-powered turbine nor a fuel cell when founder Trevor Milton unveiled it.

September 19, 2022
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Struggling EV Startup Mullen Auto Bids for Bankrupt Electric Last Mile

An ELMS delivery van ELMS was the first of the electric-vehicle startups that merged with special purpose acquisition companies to go out of business amid the recent market slump. (Electric Last Mile Solutions)

Troubled EV startup Mullen Automotive Inc. has emerged as the leading bidder for the assets of bankrupt competitor Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc., including a now-idle former Hummer SUV factory in Indiana.

Sean O'Kane | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Trucks Unveils New Axle for Extended Electric Truck Range

Axle The Volvo Trucks electric rear axle. (Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks unveiled its fully electric rear axle that is designed to free up space for batteries, the company announced Sept. 19.

September 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Germany’s Bosch Warns EV Industry Over Battery Cell Reliance

Tesla A vehicle at a Tesla Supercharger station in El Cerrito, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Europe’s energy crisis offers a hard lesson on the risks of focusing on one fuel source — in the case of the electric vehicle industry, battery cells, according to Markus Heyn, head of mobility services for Robert Bosch GmbH.

Monica Raymunt | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Powertrain Suppliers Focus on Fuel, Emissions in Dawn of Electrification

Volvo VNR A Volvo VNR Electric truck. (Volvo Truck North America)

In a world where there is growing interest in electrification, drivetrain/powertrain makers are simultaneously pursuing two goals: developing products and technology when electric trucks reach critical mass; and supplying more low-emission and fuel-efficient products.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Lithium Resumes Gains to Add Pressure on Automakers

Lithium Pilbara’s Pilgangoora lithium project in Western Australia. (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg News)

After Elon Musk complained that lithium — the ubiquitous raw material needed in electric vehicle batteries — was trading at insane levels, and China’s authorities in March pushed key industry players to act, prices briefly began to cool. Now, they’re rising again to add pressure on automakers.

Annie Lee | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Western State Coalition Seeks Partners in Heated Hydrogen Hub Race

Gordon Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon speaks during a past virtual event. (Gordon for Wyoming via YouTube)

Calling on private investors, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is urging key stakeholders to explain in a web survey what role they would play in a four-state Western regional hydrogen hub.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Cannibalized a Ford for Hyped Badger Electric Pickup, Jury Told

Trevor Milton (center) exits court on Sept. 12. Trevor Milton (center) exits court on Sept. 12. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

A Nikola Corp. prototype of the electric vehicle startup’s planned Badger pickup truck was made partly of components from a Ford Motor Co. F-150 Raptor, the jury in the criminal trial of Nikola founder Trevor Milton was told.

September 15, 2022
Business, Fuel

Shell CEO to Step Down as Oil Giant Looks to Climate Goals

Ben van Beurden Ben van Beurden in 2017. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

LONDON — Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is stepping down at the end of 2022 after nine years in charge, the energy giant said Sept. 15, a change that comes as oil and natural gas companies are under pressure to shift away from fossil fuels .

September 15, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

States Get Early Green Light to Spend Federal EV Funds

AV EV charging station under construction at an Ohio service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike An EV charging station location under construction at an Ohio service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. (Gary Kicinski/Transport Topics)

Dozens of states from coast to coast will have early access to their share of $900 million in electric vehicle infrastructure funds thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy’s early approval of plans to locate chargers on more than 53,000 highway miles throughout the country.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2022

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