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The Vehicles

EV subscription service Onto adds Fiat’s New 500 to its fleet

Onto, the UK-based all-inclusive EV subscription service, plans to add 600 Fiat New 500s to its fleet. Onto aims to offer a flexible alternative to traditional car ownership—it currently offers 24 electric models from such brands as VW, Renault, Audi and Tesla. Subscriptions start at £379 per month. Onto plans to offer the New 500… Read more »

Los Angeles Fire Department unveils hybrid fire truck

The Los Angeles Fire Department recently unveiled a new Rosenbauer RT pumper truck during the city’s annual Fire Service Day. Although the Los Angeles Daily News described the vehicle as the US’s “first all-electric fire engine,” it is in fact a hybrid, as a company spokesman clarified in a video. The batteries can operate the… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems announces 6th-generation powertrain, 100 new orders

Motiv Power Systems, a manufacturer of medium-duty electric trucks and buses, has secured more than 100 new orders via California’s HVIP program, which offers point-of-purchase price reductions for fleet EV buyers. New customers include Cintas, FedEx, Aramark, Alsco, City Fresh and Great White Packaging. The orders include parcel delivery step vans, retail goods vehicles, municipal… Read more »

J.D. Power: Most EV smartphone apps leave much to be desired

Modern drivers depend on smartphone apps to manage charging and other vehicle functions. However, it will probably be no surprise to learn that a recent study from consumer insight specialist J.D. Power found a low level of customer satisfaction with the apps provided by various EV-makers. The recent OEM EV App Benchmark Study gauged EV… Read more »

California’s Santa Barbara MTD orders 9 battery-electric buses from New Flyer

NFI Group subsidiary New Flyer of America has received two new orders from the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) for a total of 9 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses. The orders were supported by funding from the Federal Transit Administration. MTD provides bus service in Southern Santa Barbara County, California, delivering nearly… Read more »

Volta Trucks details upcoming US launch of its Class 7 electric truck

Volta Trucks plans to introduce its electric commercial vehicles into North America, beginning in 2023 with a Volta Zero Class 7 truck (equivalent to the company’s existing European 16-ton truck) with a dry or refrigerated cargo box. The Volta Zero is a purpose-built electric medium-duty truck specifically designed for urban logistics. It uses a compact… Read more »

Solo’s new SD1 is a 500-mile electric truck designed for autonomous driving

Fremont, California-based Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies has revealed the design and specifications of a new purpose-built electric Class 8 truck that’s designed specifically for autonomous driving. The SD1 includes “full, aerospace-level system redundancy and the lowest drag coefficient of any Class 8 truck on the road, enabled by a complete redesign that removes the human… Read more »

EVs For All Act would bring EV car sharing and charging to US public housing residents

“The success of our clean energy future requires that every resident, regardless of income, is included in the electric vehicle transformation,” says US Representative Nanette Díaz Barragán (CA-44), the sponsor of the EVs for All Act, which would provide residents of 50 public housing projects nationwide with access to zero-emission cars and charging infrastructure. The… Read more »

Ford Pro reveals new E-Transit Custom electric van for Europe

Ford’s new E-Transit electric van began production in March. Now the company’s commercial vehicle division, Ford Pro, has revealed a few details of the upcoming E-Transit Custom. The E-Transit Custom is expected to have a range of up to 380 km. It features DC fast charging, towing capability and “sophisticated connectivity.” ProPower Onboard technology provides… Read more »

Volkswagen Group launches Scout brand to build electric pickup and SUV for US market

The Volkswagen Group plans to launch an electric pickup and “rugged SUV” in the US market. What’s more, the company will establish a separate, independent company to produce the new EVs. “The vehicles will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the US for American customers,” says VW. Volkswagen will resurrect the Scout nameplate, which was… Read more »