The Vehicles

New video details the making of Bollinger’s electric Sport Utility Truck

Last year, Bollinger Motors revealed its electric B1 Sport Utility Truck (SUT), a “no nonsense back-to-basics” vehicle with a rugged frame and minimal styling. Now the company, which says it is “ramping up B1 production in earnest,” has released a short video that follows the 20-month process of designing and building the prototype. Company founder… Read more »

San Mateo transit authority orders 10 Proterra electric buses

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has ordered 10 new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. SamTrans operates 77 routes throughout San Mateo County, including Proterra’s home city of Burlingame. The agency has set a goal of electrifying its entire 312-bus fleet by 2033. The 10 Proterra Catalysts will begin service in 2019, replacing… Read more »

Tesla aftermarket supplier EVannex develops new products for Model 3

South Florida-based EVannex represents a classic all-American tech startup story. Founder Roger Pressman is an engineer who’s been fascinated by EVs since the bad old days of GM’s EV1. When he saw a Tesla Model S alpha prototype in early 2011, it was love at first sight. He bought a Model S Signature Series (a… Read more »

Shanghai government says Tesla talks on track, whatever Musk may say

Elon Musk recently indulged in a tweetstorm about trade rules in China, which he says are hindering Tesla’s ability to compete in the market. “The current rules make things very difficult. It’s like competing in an Olympic race wearing lead shoes,” Musk wrote. However, he also said that “China has already shown a willingness to… Read more »

Baton Rouge to add three BYD electric buses to its fleet

Battery-electric bus builder BYD has received an order for three K9S electric buses from Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS), which operates 29 bus lines and provides over 2 million rides annually. The new e-buses will go into operation later this year. BYD’s K9S has a range of 150 miles and a capacity… Read more »

VW secures battery supplies to support major EV expansion

Volkswagen says it has lined up 20 billion euros ($25 billion) worth of battery supplies to support a significant increase in EV production over the next few years. The world’s largest automaker will equip 16 factories to produce EVs by the end of 2022, compared with the three it has today. VW says it plans… Read more »

FlixBus tests electric buses on long-distance European routes

FlixBus, which operates a network of long-distance buses in Europe, plans to test electric buses on some of its routes. Beginning in April, the first Flix-E-Bus will begin test operations on the route between Paris and Amiens, France. A second Flix-E-Bus will hit the road between Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this summer. Long-distance buses are… Read more »

GM CEO Mary Barra: Congress should expand the federal EV tax credit

Mary Barra says GM plans to boost production of its Chevrolet Bolt in response to strong demand, and called on Congress to expand the federal EV tax credit. “We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefit going forward,” Barra told an energy conference in Houston. “We believe in… Read more »