February 24th, 2016

February 2016 Industry Headlines

GM Reveals It May Share Chevy Volt’s Powertrain Technology with Other Automakers

Feb 16 Industry Volt

GM may open Chevy Volt powertrain use to other manufacturers. Credit: NAFTC

General Motor’s global powertrain chief Dan Nicholson recently revealed, in an interview with Automotive News, that he would be open to partnerships with other companies that would allow the use of the award-winning powertrain from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt.

Antelope Valley Transit Agency Plans to Become Nation’s First 100% Electric Public Transit Fleet

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has taken a major step toward becoming the first 100 % electric public transit fleet in the country. This marks an important step promoting emission-free transportation. Over the lifetime of the new electric bus fleet, the transit agency forecasts it could save more than $46 million compared to an all diesel bus fleet, equivalent to $46,000 per bus per year in savings.

Feb 16 Industry AV

AVTA recently ordered several electric buses to create what they call the first 100% electric public transit fleet. Credit: AVTA

During a special meeting, the AVTA board of directors voted to award BYD a contract to manufacture up to 85 electric buses over a five year period. The historic announcement was made during a special event that followed the meeting at the AVTA facility and was attended by elected officials, dignitaries and community leaders. Los Angeles-based BYD Motors, a global leader in developing electric transportation, will build the buses for AVTA at its manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California.

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