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French car-sharing service will use Toyota i-ROAD and COMS EVs

A new electric car-sharing service will go into operation in the French city of Grenoble in October for a three-year trial period. Ha:Mo, a cooperative effort of Toyota, utility EDF, and local car-sharing operator Citélib, will feature 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact EVs and about 30 charging stations. The idea is to allow commuters… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains and Greenkraft to develop natural gas/PHEV medium-duty truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) is partnering with Greenkraft to develop a Class-4 truck that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) and incorporates a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The project will fit EDI’s multi-mode PHEV powertrain (EDI-Drive) to Greenkraft’s CNG-powered, 14,500-pound, Class-4 medium-duty truck, which is equipped with a 6.0 L GM engine. The new beast is… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems raises $7.3 million to produce electric truck powertrains

California-based Motiv Power Systems has raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Colorado’s Magness Investment Group. The funding comes as the second Motiv-equipped all-electric school bus is delivered to Kings Canyon Unified School District. Motiv’s electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is designed to electrify any truck or bus chassis with a variety… Read more »

New survey: UK drivers have little interest in EVs

Why are EVs catching on faster in some regions than in others? Government incentives play a large role, as a May study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) detailed. The world’s top three EV hotspots, Norway, the Netherlands and California, are all places whose leaders have enacted strong pro-plug-in policies. However, the ICCT… Read more »

Harley-Davidson hiring EV Director as Project Livewire wows New York

Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher noted in a recent Charged feature that there are only so many cool jobs for people who love electric motorcycles. It sounds like the coolest job imaginable just opened up – Harley-Davidson is looking for a Director of Electrical Vehicle Technology. According to a posting on the company’s web site, the EV Director will be responsible… Read more »

Toyota posts pix and price of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan

This week, Toyota revealed the exterior design of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan (pretty much the same as the concept shown at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show) and Japanese pricing. Production of the Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan (as yet, it has no other name) is expected to start in December. Toyota plans to launch the car in… Read more »

Beijing to deploy 1,000 DC fast chargers, require new residences to install chargers

Authorities in smoggy Beijing are keen to encourage what they call “new energy” vehicles, but at present the city has few public charging stations – the 60 or so that exist are reserved for buses and taxis. A new plan aims to change that, requiring new residential communities in the Chinese capital to install chargers… Read more »

US Hybrid to deliver plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to Hawaii Mass Transit Agency

The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) has awarded a contract to US Hybrid to deliver a plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency. US Hybrid’s H2Ride 25-passenger shuttle bus uses a 30 kW fuel cell fueled by a 20 kg hydrogen storage and delivery system. The fuel… Read more »