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The Vehicles

Pickup truck lovers compare TCO of the Ford F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version

When it comes to a comparison between Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version of the popular pickup, you can probably guess which model we at Charged prefer. But the folks at Pickup Truck + SUV Talk have a little different perspective. Publisher Tim Esterdahl, a self-described “truck guy,” has raised some reasonable… Read more »

Antelope Valley schools to buy 20 BYD electric school buses

California’s Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) has announced plans to buy 20 BYD electric school buses. The buses will be built in Lancaster, California at the BYD Coach & Bus facility by members of the SMART Union. The BYD Type D Battery Electric School Bus has a top speed of 65 miles per hour… Read more »

eVTOL developer Joby Aviation expands partnership with Department of Defense

Joby Aviation (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced an expansion of its existing contract with the US Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the total potential value of the contract to more than $75 million. The expanded contract will include new testing to evaluate Joby’s technologies,… Read more »

Ford establishes requirements for dealers to sell EVs

Auto dealers have long been considered a bottleneck for EV sales, and automakers that are serious about selling EVs are working closely with their dealers to make the necessary changes (and to weed out those who really don’t want to go electric). Ford has now unveiled an electrification strategy to its  3,000-strong dealer network. Dealers… Read more »

Shyft Group secures pre-order for Blue Arc electric delivery walk-in vans

Blue Arc EV Solutions is a new brand of The Shyft Group, which manufactures and upfits vehicles for the commercial, retail and service specialty markets. Blue Arc made its debut in March with a purpose-built commercial EV chassis; an electric Class 3 walk-in delivery van; and a portable, remote-controlled charging station called the Power Cube…. Read more »

MintAir and Jaunt Air Mobility partner on slowed-rotor eVTOLs for Korean market

MintAir has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Dallas-based Jaunt Air Mobility to purchase up to 40 Jaunt Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Jaunt is working on an eVTOL aircraft using Slowed Rotor Compound (SRC) technology, which slows the rotor once aloft (the rotor tip speed equaling the aircraft’s pace) thereby… Read more »

Air Canada to buy 30 electric planes from Heart Aerospace

Air Canada has announced plans to buy its first electric airplanes—an order of 30 battery-electric regional aircraft from Heart Aerospace. The airline has also acquired a $5-million equity stake in the Sweden-based manufacturer. Heart’s ES-30 aircraft is currently under development, and is expected to enter service in 2028. It can carry 30 passengers seated three… Read more »

France to offer $100-per-month EV leasing plan

French President Emmanuel Macron made a campaign pledge to help make EVs more affordable. Now the government is rolling out a subsidized leasing program for low-income households. “We know that for many French [EVs] remain very expensive,” Budget Minister Gabriel Attal said in a recent interview. The new program will make EVs available for 100… Read more »