The Navajo Nation has now received the first of three electric buses to help its largest school district become more energy and fiscally efficient. “Chinle Unified School District is always a leader, so we like that, being first,” Chinle Unified School District Superintendent, Quincey Natay told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “I’ve talked to several districts across Indian Country about this exciting opportunity that my students are going to get to enjoy.” Chinle Unified School District is the largest school district in the Navajo Nation both in number of students and geographic area.
Electric vehicles (EVs), once thought of as an industry outlier, have demonstrated their staying power, with new EV registrations growing more than 250% over the last five years. According to Experian’s Automotive Consumer Trends Report: Q2 2022there are more than 1.7 million EVs in operation in the US today (compared with more than 400,000 EVs in Q2 2018). This number may seem small compared to the 284 million vehicles on the road, but data shows it is growing exponentially. Additionally, new EV registrations continue to ramp up, comprising 5.7% of all new vehicle registrations in Q2 2022, up from 1.5% in Q2 2018.
Phoenix-based Nikola extended its German connection on Friday by announcing a planned joint venture with E.ON, a European utilities company. Nikola Corp. (Nasdaq: NKLA) will work with Essen, Germany-based E.ON on a partnership aimed at decarbonizing heavy-duty trucking through the use of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel.
Arizona is one of the first states in the nation to have its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan given the stamp of approval from the Federal Highway Administration. The Arizona Department of Transportation submitted its draft proposal in August and with the federal approval this week, $11.3 million will be made available immediately with another $16.3 million coming in October of this year to begin implementing the plan.
Invisible Urban Charging announced that it is partnering with EV Charging of Arizona to roll out 13,980 chargers for electric vehicles (“EV”) into the State of Arizona, increasing its total number of EV chargers seven times. Arizona has more than 40,000 registered electric vehicles, according to a June 2022 report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Atlis Motor Vehicles, an electric vehicle startup based in Mesa, said Tuesday that it had gained conditional approval from the Nasdaq Stock Market to list its shares, but public financial documents show that company still faces several hurdles before reaching production. AMV, which was founded in 2016, is still years away from putting one of its electric trucks on the road, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated August 26.
Salt River Project (SRP) surpassed its goal to have 23,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in the SRP service territory by the end of its fiscal year 2022, with a total of more than 29,200 EVs leased or purchased within the area as of April 30, 2022. “Our overarching goal is to have 500,000 EV’s in our service territory by 2035,” said Jim Pratt, SRP’s chief customer executive. “With the latest metrics, we saw over a 40% increase in EV’s from the previous year, and we are about 6% of the way to our 2035 goal, which means we are well on track. This is the collective work of partners across industries who collaborate to make switching to EVs a simpler and nonintimidating process.”
The recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act covers a lot of ground, from reducing some drug prices to imposing a minimum corporate income tax. As much as anything, the legislation provides incentives for green energy. That includes substantial new tax breaks for consumers seeking to buy an electric car or truck. The legislation is complicated, with the overall tax sections alone running to more than 300 pages. But here are some of the key pointers for those who might want to buy a green vehicle.
Arizona is on track to receive $76.5 million from the federal government to improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging stations. This is thanks to the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Plan. The plan was implemented after bi-partisan support of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Nikola Corporation Mark Russell will retire, effective January 1, 2023, and has named current Nikola Motor President Michael Lohscheller as his successor. Lohscheller will assume Russell’s President title and join the Nikola Board of Directors effective immediately and become CEO upon Russell’s retirement. Russell will remain a member of the Board.