The Vehicles

Volvo Penta showcases electric terminal tractor

Volvo Penta showcased an electric terminal tractor at a recent port and terminal technology trade show in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The tractor was retrofitted with a Volvo Penta electric driveline, borrowing technologies from Volvo’s electric buses and trucks. Volvo Penta has been active in establishing its presence in the EV industry, aiming to offer electrified… Read more »

Virginia governor pledges over $12 million for electric buses

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has pledged more than $12 million towards the deployment of electric buses in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads. The funding will cover a total of 17 electric buses and charging stations, eliminating the need for an estimated two million gallons of diesel fuel and offsetting 612,000 tons of carbon emissions and… Read more »

Letter from Italy: Tiny EVs rule, cops get charged

Tourists love Europe for its endless variety: just cross a border and you’ll encounter a different language, different architecture, different food – and a different mix of electric vehicles. On this summer’s trip, I visited Amsterdam, which has a huge variety of electrified transportation options; Switzerland, a car-loving country where Teslas are slowly but surely… Read more »

BYD opens first electric bus assembly plant in Canada

BYD has opened its first electric bus assembly plant in Canada. The 45,000-square-foot facility in Newmarket, Ontario will focus on assembling buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada’s largest transit operator. BYD currently has buses on order or in operation throughout Canada, including in Montreal and neighboring Longueuil, where the company sold nine buses last… Read more »

Mayors from 127 cities commit to purchase over 2,100 EVs by 2020

Mayors from 127 cities joined the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative during the Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii last month, committing to purchasing more than 2,100 EVs by 2020. To assist in the transition towards electric school buses, the Collaborative announced it will place a competitive bid on electric school buses by the end… Read more »

Boeing partners with Kitty Hawk for electric air mobility efforts

Boeing and Kitty Hawk have entered a partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility. California-based Kitty Hawk builds electric aircraft, including Cora, a two-person air taxi, and Flyer, a vehicle for personalized flight. “Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the… Read more »

VW launches electric car share program WeShare in Berlin

Volkswagen has launched WeShare, its 100% electric car sharing program, in Berlin. The program will begin with 1,500 e-Golf vehicles. VW plans to add 500 additional e-up! vehicles at the beginning of 2020 as well as the ID.3 after releasing it in mid-2020. WeShare is a “free-floating” system without rental stations and is operated via… Read more »

California’s largest airports to operate only zero-emission shuttles by 2035

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a rule requiring airport shuttles at the state’s 13 largest airports to transition entirely to ZEVs by 2035. The regulation applies to both public and private fleets, including those from parking facilities, rental car agencies, and hotels. Six California airports and private fleets serving nine airports have… Read more »

Xpeng’s G3 EV reaches 10,000-unit milestone

Chinese EV maker Xpeng has now produced 10,000 of its G3 EVs, according to data released by the China Passenger Car Association. The cars are manufactured at the Xpeng Motors Intelligent Plant in Zhengzhou, China. The G3, an electric SUV, comes in three variants: Core, Smart, and Premium. According to Xpeng, roughly 80 percent of… Read more »