The Vehicles

NEVS and DiDi develop EV optimized for self-driving mobility services

NEVS, former owner or the Saab brand, has formed a strategic partnership with mobility service provider DiDi Chuxing to develop an EV that’s optimized for a self-driving, on-demand mobility service. The first vehicle used in the cooperation will be the NEVS 9-3. DiDi Chuxing, which acquired Uber China in August 2016, offers a range of… Read more »

Tesla acquires factory automation specialist Perbix

Tesla has announced plans to acquire Minnesota-based Perbix, which builds some of the equipment used at Tesla’s factories. Perbix, founded as a maker of machining equipment 41 years ago, has provided Tesla with automated tools, including a system that makes drive-unit rotors. Tesla also has Perbix equipment in its Nevada Gigafactory. “Perbix, which has been… Read more »

Lamborghini collaborates with MIT on electric supercar concept

Lamborghini’s Terzo Millennio concept car, unveiled at the recent EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the first product of a partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The “third millennium” supercar is just the beginning for the Lamborghini/MIT team – their future plans include the development of supercapacitors powerful enough to drive… Read more »

Workhorse’s plug-in pickup truck draws $300 million in pre-orders

Tesla isn’t the only company demonstrating pent-up demand for EVs. Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) says it has received $300 million worth of pre-orders for its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck. CEO Stephen Burns told Autoblog that soliciting advance orders was part of the company’s strategy. “We couldn’t build it and hope [customers] came,” he said…. Read more »

California Air Resources Board breaks ground on new headquarters

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently broke ground on its new Southern California headquarters. The 380,000-square-foot building will be home to one of the world’s largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities. The new headquarters will include light-, medium- and heavy-duty test cells, space for onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement… Read more »

Chinese EV startup Nio raises $1 billion in new fundraising round

Chinese EV startup Nio, formerly known as NextEV, has raised more than $1 billion in its latest fundraising round, led by existing investor Tencent Holdings, bringing the firm’s valuation to about $5 billion, Reuters reports. Nio, which was founded by Chinese internet entrepreneur William Li in 2014, plans to launch its first production car –… Read more »

Kansas City airport deploys 4 BYD 30-foot electric buses

Kansas City International Airport has taken delivery of 4 BYD electric 30-foot coach buses, which will serve as parking lot shuttles, bringing passengers to the airport terminals. BYD built the e-buses at its Lancaster, California manufacturing facility, and customized them to include luggage racks for passenger use. BYD offers 7 electric coach and bus models,… Read more »

European auto trade group: EVs are only selling in rich countries with incentives

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published a new report that correlates the market uptake of plug-in vehicles in the EU countries with both GDP and government incentives. Unsurprisingly, ACEA’s data shows that EV uptake is far greater in the richer countries – the only European countries that have a plug-in market share above… Read more »

Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025

The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and to create substantial zero-emission zones in their cities by 2030. The signatories also pledged to procure zero-emission vehicles for city… Read more »

The new LightningElectric conversion package for the Ford Transit

Loveland, Colorado-based Lightning Systems is accepting pre-orders for its new LightningElectric conversion package for the Ford Transit. Deliveries will begin in early 2018. The product will be available first on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating. Conversions and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers. Installation can be completed in… Read more »