The Vehicles

Chicago, San Diego and San José win grants to electrify commercial vehicles

The cities of Chicago, San Diego and San José have won spots in the new Delivering Zero Emissions Communities program. Each of the three cities will receive a $100,000 grant, as well as technical support from the Natural Resources Defense Council and other EV advocacy groups, with the goal of converting 100 percent of their… Read more »

Chevy Bolt battery recall—Car and Driver reveals the gory technical details

The Chevy Bolt battery recall is bad news for GM, and for the EV industry. Every single Bolt EV and Bolt EUV is now under recall because of a potential battery defect that could cause a fire. Roughly a dozen fires have been reported, but no injuries or deaths to date. The three separate recalls… Read more »

Wrightspeed partners with Matthews Specialty Vehicles to convert buses and trucks to electrified drive

Wrightspeed, the firm founded by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright, builds electric powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Now the company has announced an agreement with vehicle manufacturer Matthews Specialty Vehicles to convert buses, trucks and specialty vehicles to EVs and/or PHEVs. The companies aim to produce 5,000 vehicles over the next five years. For the… Read more »

BYD introduces two new electric heavy-duty trucks

BYD unveiled two new battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, the Gen3 8TT and 6F, at the recent ACT Expo in Long Beach. The Gen 3 8TT is “a versatile vehicle, capable of performing drayage, regional haul, and distribution work,” whereas the 6F “can perform regional haul and distribution work and can also be equipped with a body… Read more »

Parsing the latest proposal to revamp the federal EV tax credit

The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have released proposals to revamp the federal EV tax credit program. The two proposals will be reconciled, and the final version is expected to be included in the pending reconciliation package. The Zero Emission Transportation Association has published a detailed description of the two,… Read more »

Joby Aviation teams with NASA to measure noise footprint of electric air taxi

Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY) is developing an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which it intends to operate as part of an air taxi service beginning in 2024. The aircraft can transport a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, and has a maximum range of 150 miles. Joby recently conducted… Read more »

Navistar’s new International eMV Series electric truck is in production and ready to order

Navistar’s new fully-electric International eMV Series truck has gone into production, and the company is now taking customer orders. The eMV is “ideal for any straight-rail application.” It is available in 217-, 236-, 254- and 272-inch wheelbase options. The eMV’s 210 kW battery pack is packaged between the frame rails, and provides a 135-mile range…. Read more »

New York Governor Hochul signs law phasing out ICE vehicles in 2035

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that will ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks in the state by 2035. The bill (S.2758/A.4302) was introduced last October, and passed the legislature in April. It establishes a goal to make all sales or leases of new passenger cars and… Read more »

GreenPower’s BEAST electric Type D school bus features an integrated body and chassis design

GreenPower Motor Company (NASDAQ: GP), a manufacturer of EVs serving the cargo and delivery, shuttle, transit and school bus markets, unveiled a new purpose-built electric school bus at the recent Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California. The BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation) is a 40-foot Type D battery-electric school bus that can… Read more »

USPS’s environmental impact statement seems designed to justify its timid electrification strategy

Electrifying the US Postal Service fleet would be one of the most effective ways for the federal government to encourage EV adoption (while saving taxpayers billions of dollars and eliminating tons of emissions). However, there is a strong faction at the agency that seems determined to prevent that from happening, and some see the draft… Read more »