The Vehicles

Toronto Transit Commission orders 10 electric buses from New Flyer

New Flyer Industries Canada has won an order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten forty-foot electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 30 additional buses over the next two years. TTC is the third-largest transit system in North America, operating more than 140 bus routes, as well as… Read more »

German government awards €50 million in subsidies to 31 municipal electromobility projects

The German government has announced €50 million ($58 million) in new funding for 31 municipal electric mobility projects under its aptly-named “Clean Air 2017-2020 Emergency Program.” Under this fourth phase of the program, municipal vehicle fleets (e.g. waste disposal vehicles and buses), as well as taxi and car-sharing companies will receive subsidies of from 40… Read more »

CARB awards $20 million to zero-emission off-road vehicle demonstrations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $20 million in grants for demonstrations of zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors. The projects are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of dollars from the state’s Cap-and-Trade program to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly… Read more »

Paris pulls the plug on Bolloré’s Autolib electric car-sharing service

French conglomerate Bolloré launched its Autolib electric car-sharing service in Paris in 2011, and later expanded to other French cities, as well as London, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the Paris operation has died. After a very public dispute, the syndicate that brought together the 103 partner municipalities, including Paris, in Île-de-France, terminated its contract… Read more »

Cummins acquires powertrain provider Efficient Drivetrains

Heavy-duty engine specialist Cummins (NYSE: CMI) has announced plans to acquire Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a producer of hybrid and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles that has often been featured in Charged. Cummins has been investigating the possibilities of electrification for a decade, but has been turning up the voltage over the… Read more »

Dutch city of Leiden to get 23 Volvo electric buses

Volvo Buses has secured an order for 23 fully electric buses from multinational public transport company Arriva, which has operations in 14 countries across Europe. The new e-buses will operate in the city of Leiden in the province of South Holland. Deliveries will take place between Q1 and Q3 in 2019. Volvo is selling the… Read more »

Colorado moves to join 13 Advanced Clean Car states, automakers howl in protest

As the EPA proceeds to weaken federal emissions standards, Colorado has become the latest state to implement the LEV regulations included in California’s Advanced Clean Car Standards. Alphabet soup department: The California Air Resources Board (ARB [and sometimes CARB]) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) program in 2012. The components of the ACC program are:… Read more »

London to add 68 electric double-decker buses to its fleet

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that 68 new electric double-deck buses will join the capital’s fleet. Two routes operated by Metroline from Barnet to central London will be exclusively served by e-buses. Leeds-based Optare will supply 31 double-deckers, which will go into service next summer on Route 134, running from North Finchley bus station… Read more »

VW electric racer breaks records at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Since 1916, automakers have been subjecting their new vehicles to arduous slopes and punishing high-altitude conditions in the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb race. The “Race to the Clouds” climbs 4,720 feet in a little over 12 miles. Several EVs, which of course don’t have the problems with thinner air that fossil fuel racers do,… Read more »