Electric vehicles are great for gliding venture capitalists to weekend homes, but if you want a garbage truck or a dump truck you need the muscle of diesel, right? No, not anymore. In the past you could only find petrol-powered versions of these workhorses. Now if you need a school bus, a cargo van, or a utility truck, there’s an electric vehicle for that. The technology is changing fast, so fast it’s hard to keep track. So a transportation nonprofit focused on clean tech launched a new online tool to tell cities and businesses what’s available. CALSTART , based in Pasadena, California, made this tool after hearing from business leaders and city managers that they were having trouble figuring out what kinds of electric vehicles were on offer now or coming in the near future. Presumably, some are buying gas-powered vehicles because they think they have no other option. “City officials need access to reliable information on the zero-emission vehicles coming to market,” said Cristina Miclea, of C40 Cities , an international network of cities focused on climate change, in a statement. CALSTART The shift to heavy electric vehicles has already begun. UPS recently commited to buying 10,000 electric […]


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