The Vehicles

Volvo receives largest-ever order of electric buses for Trondheim, Norway

Transit operator Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses for the city of Trondheim, Norway, Volvo’s largest-ever order of fully electric buses. Trondheim’s transit agency, AtB, was among the first in Europe to order hybrid buses from Volvo in 2010. The new acquisition will bring Trondheim’s fleet of electric buses… Read more »

Clean Energy Credit Union offers financing for EVs

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has granted a federal charter to a new credit union based in Boulder, Colorado, called the Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU), which will serve members of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), also based in Boulder. CECU’s mission is to promote clean energy by offering low-cost loans tailored to… Read more »

Tesla Semi to be unveiled in late October

The Tesla Semi is on its way, but it’s been stuck in traffic on the Interstate. Elon Musk now says the new electric and autonomous Class 8 tractor is “tentatively scheduled” for unveiling and test rides on October 26, about a month behind the previously announced schedule. “Worth seeing this beast in person,” tweeted Musk…. Read more »

Drive Electric Northern Colorado successfully boosts EV adoption

The Electrification Coalition (EC) has released a case study documenting the nation’s first EV accelerator community: Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC). The EC first described its accelerator community concept in its 2009 Electrification Roadmap. The idea is to leverage public-private partnerships to drive widespread EV deployment. DENC was launched in 2013 in the Colorado cities… Read more »

VW chief: Diesel engines have “a great future”

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller rejected predictions of diesel’s demise, saying that the diesel engine has “a great future” ahead of it. “The diesels we are offering today are clean,” Mueller told CNBC at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. “They comply with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure requirements, and they meet the requirements and… Read more »

US fuel efficiency standards save consumers billions, especially low-income households

The Trump Administration has just held a hearing to solicit public comments on its effort to weaken the EPA’s fuel efficiency standards. The EPA has reopened the previously-completed mid-term review of vehicle efficiency standards. While the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers supports re-opening the review, it has suggested that it would prefer to keep existing vehicle… Read more »

First electric waste collection truck arrives on New Zealand streets

Waste Management NZ has demonstrated its first electric truck for residential wheelie bin waste collection. The city of Christchurch will put an electric truck into service in October, and more are scheduled to join the fleet in other New Zealand cities by the end of the year. The company has already introduced more than 20… Read more »

BMW plans to offer 12 pure EVs by 2025

The BMW Group announced big plans for electrification at a recent event for journalists in Munich. “By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully electric,” said CEO Harald Krueger, adding that the company’s EVs will have ranges of up to 435 miles. The company plans to unveil a new four-door… Read more »

Clemson Area Transit acquires a second fleet of 10 Proterra electric buses

Clemson Area Transit (CATbus), which serves 1.9 million riders annually in three South Carolina counties, has purchased ten 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure. The new e-buses will join six Proterra buses already operated by CATbus in Seneca, SC. In 2015, Seneca became the first city in the US to operate an… Read more »

Two electric school buses, powered by Motiv Power Systems, go into service in California

Colton Joint Unified School District in San Bernardino County, California has taken delivery of two electric Type C Starcraft eQuest XL school buses from Creative Bus Sales, featuring powertrains from Motiv Power Systems. Built on Ford’s F59 chassis, the new e-buses have a capacity of 48 passengers and a range of up to 85 miles…. Read more »