News Roundup – 5/12 – 5/18


Headlines and links from all the news, including things we didn’t cover in depth here on this past week. Follow the links for more on each.

H3 Dynamics Supplying Fuel Cell to Airbus for Aircraft Testing
H3 Dynamics has received a contract from Airbus UpNext for the supply of a customzied, airworthy 500 kW hydrogen fuel cell. This demonstrator will replace the Auxiliary Power Unit on an Airbus aircraft.

Geotab Report: EV Commercial Vehicles Increased by 81% in 2023
A report from Geotab found that there was an 81 percent increase in EV adoption among commercial fleets from 2022 to 2023 in the U.S. Other regions showed even stronger growth. Idle time in the U.S. and Canada decreased by 3.75 percent and 5.73 percent respectively.

Alpine Unveils Alpenglow HY4 With 4-Cyl Hydrogen Engine Prototype
Alpine has presented the Alpine Alpenglow Hy4 concept, following on its 2022 Paris Motor Show unveiling of the original Alpenglow concept. The “rolling lab” features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 340 horsepower by burning hydrogen. A six-cylinder design is coming soon.

Front 3/4 shot of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST

Chevrolet Silverado EV Begins Production
Chevrolet has announced that the new Silverado electric pickup truck has entered production for North American sales. The Silverado EV has an EPA-estimated range of up to 450 miles. The truck produces up to 754 horsepower, 785 pound-feet of torque, and includes standard DC fast charging at 350 kW on both models.

Audi Announces PPE For Next-Gen Mobility
Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which was jointly developed with Porsche, will be a key component for expansion of the brand’s global portfolio of electric vehicles.

Bosch, Ligier Showcase Hydrogen-Powered JS2 RH2 at Le Mans
Bosch Engineering and Ligier Automotive have been testing their JS2 RH2 hydrogen-powered demonstrator vehicle for endurance performance. The vehicle has a high power of 442 kW and 650 Nm of torque. Testing has covered speeds and distances roughly equivalent to 24 Hours of Le Mans racing.

FedEx Express Tests Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 Tractor
FedEx Express has started a two week pilot test of an eActros 300 tractor from Mercedes-Benz. The real-world testing will cover linehaul operations in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Porsche Completes Development of Hybrid 911 Variant
Porsche has announced that the extensive development and testing program for a 911 model variant with performance-focused hybrid drive is now ready for production. The new Porsche 911 hybrid will unveil on May 28, 2024.

Daimler Buses, ESWE Verkenhrsgesellschaft Complete E-Bus Depot
Daimler Buses and ESWE Verkenhrsgesellschaft have completed an electrified bus depot for an electric bus fleet. The depot includes 120 charging stations for Daimler’s eCitaro buses, which have been in operation since first delivery in 2019.

Chevrolet Unveils New Equinox EV
Chevrolet has unveiled its new, mainstream model Equinox EV to complement the gasoline options for the SUV. The new EV has an EPA-estimated range of up to 319 miles per charge.


EIA Says U.S. Share of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Decreased in Q1 2024
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that vehicle sales in the U.S. saw a decrease in share of electrified (hybrid, full electric) vehicles in the first quarter of 2024.

Chinese-made Electric Vehicles Will Have 100% Import Tariff When Imported to the U.S.
President Biden has ordered tariffs on imports from China, including electric vehicles and components for them, receive stiff tariffs. Vehicles will be taxed at 100 percent while components will be taxed at 25 to 50 percent.

Plug Power Fuel Cell Integrated Into Class 6 Truck
Plug Power has unveiled a medium-duty class 6 electric truck powered by its ProGen fuel cell technology.

Honda Debuts Class 8 HFCEV Truck Concept
Honda will fully debut its Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck concept at ACT Expo 2024 this month. The truck concept is a demonstrator as Honda seeks business partners for production of fuel cell-powered trucks in North America.