July 30, 2021
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Amazon testing electric delivery vehicles in 16 cities
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Amazon is kicking off what it describes as "one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs" by testing electric delivery vehicles in Detroit and 15 other cities. The retail giant could operate 10,000 electric vehicles as early as 2022, en route to an eventual fleet of up to 100,000 vehicles.
Full Story: DBusiness Magazine (Detroit) (7/28),  WDIV-TV (Detroit) (7/28) 
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New 2021 data details national, state, and city trends
The pandemic didn't motivate us to keep driving less, and now travel is ramping back up at unprecedented rates. New data shows nationwide drops in peak AM travel, "peak spreading" afternoons, and increases in active transportation across the U.S. Get the insights to effectively measure exposure risks in your region.DOWNLOAD EBOOK.
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Roadways and ramp sensors that help to signal when drivers should merge onto a highway will be trialed in Colorado in a bid to reduce congestion on Interstate 25. The state Department of Transportation plans to monitor results for installations across 18 on ramps.
Full Story: KCNC-TV (Denver) (7/26) 
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Ford is refurbishing a 270,000-square-foot facility in Romulus, Mich., and plans to open the Ford Ion Park learning laboratory in 2022. The facility "will help Ford speed up the battery development process," says site leader Anand Sankaran.
Full Story: Fox Business (7/27) 
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Travel Tech
Craft Aerospace is developing a novel kind of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that could serve as a city-to-city air taxi. The prototype uses flaps to capture airflow from the engines to provide lift, a technique that has never been used on a production aircraft.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Going Green
Residents in low-income neighborhoods around Roxbury, Mass., will soon have access to electric vehicles thanks to a car-sharing nonprofit. Good2Go is working with Mobility Development on the pilot project, which they hope can be replicated in other cities.
Full Story: Streetsblog (7/29) 
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Policy
Granholm praises EV boost in Senate infrastructure plan
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The bipartisan infrastructure plan's total of $15 billion in loans and grants for an electric-vehicle charging network lines up with what the Biden administration has proposed, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says. However, Granholm notes that consumer incentives to buy EVs are currently missing in the Senate's plan, although they may eventually be included in a reconciliation measure.
Full Story: The Hill (7/28) 
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ITS America News
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that its 2021 Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 7 through 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The event, which brings together intelligent transportation community stakeholders from across the country, was previously scheduled for May 2021 in Atlanta. Given the current pandemic, the decision was made to move to later in the year to best enable success with the in-person event. Find out more.
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