Four Motiv electric shuttle buses deployed in one-year demo in Mountain View, CA

CALSTART announced that four electric shuttle buses are being deployed in Mountain View, California. The Mountain View Community Shuttle service is aimed at moving residents and visitors through the City between neighborhoods, shopping centers, medical complexes, City facilities, and recreation areas. The buses were manufactured by Motiv Power Systems of Foster City, using funds from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Google is funding the bus service for the community. The buses went into service last week. Read more »

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Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel debuts in new 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup

Nissan’s new 2016 Titan XD full-size pickup, which made its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, was also the platform for the debut of the first vehicle installation of the all-new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine. Nissan and Cummins have worked together on optimizing a calibration and specific hardware for the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel since the partnership began in 2007. Read more »

Electric Fuel Cell Bus Concept from Poland

This massive plug-in electric bus concept comes from Polish bus-maker Solaris–and it uses fuel cells too. The 24-meter (78.7 feet) double-jointed bus was developed in concert with the Technical Universities of Poznan and Warsaw, and is based on the existing Solaris Urbino series of buses.

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The electric concept bus has a battery pack that’s charged from an external source, but it also features an onboard fuel-cell stack that can act as a range extender.

Read more at Green Car Reports.

Westport Innovations receives EPA certification for natural gas Transit van

Westport Innovations has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2015 Ford Transit Van. As Ford’s largest qualified vehicle modifier (QVM), Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van as a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. Westport expects California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification in early 2015.

Ford announced earlier this week that in December 2014, the Transit Van had its best monthly performance since being introduced in 2014, with 10,030 units.

Used to transport passengers and cargo, the 2015 Ford Transit Van model offers a 3.7L gaseous prep engine. The existing Ford warranty remains intact, and is matched by the Westport warranty for all like components. Westport has conducted all the same safety testing required for all Ford original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products.