General Motors is looking to pave the way for wider adoption of electric vehicles with charging as a service for fleets. Ultium Charge 360 will offer tools to help manage different types of fleets and facilities as well as more than 60,000 public charging places and support for charging at home.
Amazon salespeople are pitching building managers, landlords and locksmiths around the country on Key for Business, the company's keyless entry service that enables drivers to drop off packages inside building lobbies using a mobile device. Amazon introduced the service in 2018 but has not disclosed the number of sign-ups.
The current 16-cent toll rate to cross the Manchester Ship Canal's Warburton Toll Bridge in England could increase to $1.37 in order to finance almost $9 million of repairs on and around the bridge. The toll rate has not been increased since 1863.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise are awaiting approval for an expansion of the turnpike between Jupiter and Fort Pierce. The proposed $1.6 billion expansion would see two lanes added each in each direction and two new exits in Port St. Lucie.
A $600 million loan for the purchase of land and construction of India's 369-mile Ganga Expressway has been approved by the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. The loan will be secured on toll revenue from the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.
Public-private partnerships would be encouraged with establishment of a public infrastructure bank, according to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who's proposing a bill to that effect. The National Infrastructure Development Bank would select surface transportation, energy, telecommunications and other projects to finance according to factors such as economic, environmental and social costs and benefits.
Parking apps are experiencing a surge in popularity now that traffic is starting to return to cities. Apps such as SpotHero, SpotAngels and FlashParking alert drivers to available parking spaces on streets and in garages.
A Kenco Logistics survey found that 81% of consumers choose to shop online with Amazon and big-box retailers because of low prices, an easy buying experience and product availability, but some are concerned about taking business away from smaller and diverse retailers and supporting unsustainable practices and companies. "While consumers demand low prices and fast delivery times from national and global chains, they're more forgiving when they know their dollars are contributing to sustainable or socially conscious practices," said David Hauptman, chief commercial officer at Kenco Group.
Rivian will be providing charging stations at all 56 of Tennessee's state parks. The startup is using the park partnerships as a way to market its electric "adventure vehicles" and has also partnered with Colorado's parks.
Uber Freight is acquiring logistics software company Transplace from TPG Capital for $2.25 billion. The deal will "create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform," according to Uber Freight head Lior Ron, and it could also help Uber Freight become profitable.
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