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Why ‘charging-as-a-service’ are more than buzzwords – with Voltera

EV charging is easier said than done, and it’s one of the biggest hurdles to successful full-scale EV adoption. Now, imagine you own a fleet of electrified vehicles. If you don’t have the right infrastructure in place, your what-seemed-to-be solid EV investment is now one built on sand. On the surface, it can seem like

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Volvo Trucks let us drive a VNR Class 8 electric truck

The best way to explain what it’s like to drive an electrified vehicle is to convince them to get behind the wheel, and that’s exactly what Volvo Trucks North America recently did for us during its Electromobility Summit in Dublin, Va. The one-pedal driving, the instant torque, the regen braking… we get the full experience

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Turning EV charging into a new revenue source – with Navistar

You know that old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? Keep that one in the back of your head as you watch this week’s episode, because when it comes to installing charging infrastructure at scale, chances are you won’t get far if you give up early on. It isn’t easy. Installing

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Why EVs need a 12V battery – with Advance Auto Parts

When people start talking about EVs, the big ol’ lithium-ion battery tends to get a lot of the limelight. But EVs have dozens of other components needed to make them operate as expected, including another, smaller battery. Just like a car with an internal combustion engine, most EVs require a 12V battery in addition to

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The electric last mile

Here’s the definitive truth: As the technology stands today, electric vehicles are a fantastic fit for some applications and not so great for others. Last-mile delivery, those routes that bring a product from the warehouse shelf to the customer’s doorstep, happens to fall into that first category. EVs fit in so well here because last-mile

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What installing EV infrastructure REALLY takes – MD7 interview

For electric vehicles to ultimately work – I mean really work, at scale – it’s going to take so much more than a fancy-looking new car or truck with a fancy new integrated electric powertrain parked in every driveway across the nation. There’s an underground component to this whole thing too, both metaphorically and literally. It

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Time to embrace some EV realities

There’s a moment when you’ve been working toward something where that “something” becomes very real and all the excitement you used to feel about it takes a back seat to the challenges that lie ahead. Moving forward means taking a deep breath, swallowing hard and remembering why you started down this path in the first

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Is solar the future of EV transport? Sono Motors CEO says yes

Sono Motors might be on to something. The idea is that if a solar-powered electric vehicle can recharge its battery via the sun equal to a driver’s average commute time, the driver will never have to worry about range anxiety creeping into their consciousness ever again. And that’s the goal of the Sono Sion, the

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Where are the EV technicians?

Hey, EVs need maintenance and repairs too. But, working on an EV shouldn’t be done by just anyone – it takes a very particular set of skills (perhaps even skills acquired over a very long career). These vehicles aren’t your grandfather’s, working via internal combustion engines, and it takes a skilled technician to know how

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We’re Amped to bring you Amped from the 2022 ACT Expo

As soon as Amped co-host and Fleet Equipment Director of Content Jason Morgan stamped his ticket to the 2022 ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., I knew we weren’t going to be able to let him go at it alone. So I crawled into his backpack and stowed away across the country to join him

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Let’s go for a ride in a Volvo VNR electric truck

Here on The Amped EV Podcast, we talk all the time about what it’s like to drive a vehicle with an electric powertrain, but driving an electric Class 7 truck is a bit more intimidating… or is it? To show off all the nifty features of the Volvo VNR electric truck, Jason Morgan, co-host of

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Talking EV charging & infrastructure at DTNA’s Electric Island

About a year ago, Daimler Trucks North America opened what it refers to as a “heavy-duty electric truck charging site, called ‘Electric Island’” in Portland, Ore. The goal of Electric Island is to help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero-emissions commercial vehicles. A year later, that hasn’t changed, but the team has learned

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