The Vehicles

AVM sells 58 electric buses to Israeli transit operator

Los Angeles-based Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing (AVM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with UBSI, an operator of more than 650 buses in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, to purchase 58 of AVM’s commercial electric vehicles. AVM unveiled the first vehicle in its line of electric mid-size shuttle buses, the EV27, at the recent Advanced Clean… Read more »

Hamburg transit operator orders 20 Mercedes-Benz Citaro electric buses

Hamburger Hochbahn, which operates 111 bus routes in Germany’s second-largest city, has ordered 20 of Mercedes-Benz’s new battery-electric Citaro city buses. The first two units are to be delivered by the end of this year. The new, fully electrically powered Citaro will enter series production before the end of this year. The drive system of… Read more »

BYD to deliver 11 electric delivery trucks to San Francisco Goodwill

Commercial EV maker BYD unveiled the first of 11 delivery trucks it is building for San Francisco Goodwill at the recent Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach. SFGoodwill will use the new electric truck to collect and transport donated goods in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. The new BYD T7 medium-duty electric… Read more »

Musk says Tesla Semi may have a 600-mile range

Now that the furor over Elon Musk’s rudeness to those poor little stock analysts has faded, let’s look at some of the interesting information that was revealed on Tesla’s quarterly earnings call. One of several tantalizing tidbits dropped by Musk: he expects the production version of the Tesla Semi to have a 600-mile range. When… Read more »

Visitors to Washington DC will soon be riding Proterra electric buses

The Washington, DC Circulator system, which serves six routes in Washington and Rosslyn, Virginia, has deployed 14 Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. The Circulator provides door-to-door transportation to more than 25 museums, monuments and memorials along the National Mall at a cost of $1 per ride. It provides more than five millions trips each year…. Read more »

Pilot boats go electric

Pilot boats provide an important service at ports all over the world, ferrying the pilots who guide ships into and out of port facilities. The duty cycles for these boats vary depending on local conditions at each particular port: some are required to spend considerable time at sea, but others make only short trips, between… Read more »

Anheuser-Busch orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks from Nikola

Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company. The fuel cell trucks, which will offer a range between 500 and 1,200 miles and refueling time of less than 20 minutes, are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s fleet beginning in 2020. Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul… Read more »

As the case for e-buses solidifies, NYC announces plans to go electric by 2040

New York City has announced plans to convert its public bus system to an all-electric fleet by 2040. Details of the planned conversion are expected to be included in a modernization plan for the city’s transit system that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will release in May. “It does depend on the maturity of the… Read more »

Nissan head: EV range issue has been solved, now we’ll focus on affordability

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman of the Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi alliance, says EV range anxiety is pretty much a thing of the past, and that his companies will now focus on lowering vehicle prices. “We have seen that consumers do not talk anymore about range or autonomy as long as you guarantee more than 300 km,” Ghosn recently told… Read more »