The Vehicles

Performance Team orders 16 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks

Warehousing and distribution company Performance Team (a Maersk company) has placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks—the largest order for the model to date. The Volvo VNR Electric is designed for local and regional freight distribution, and the new e-trucks will go into service carrying regional loads to customers across Southern… Read more »

Toyota actively lobbies against support for EVs

Toyota has earned a place in the history of transport electrification. The Japanese automaker’s introduction of the Prius hybrid in 1997 was a milestone. Since then, the company has sold some 15 million hybrids worldwide, and has gradually added hybrid powertrains to more of its offerings—a majority of Toyota and Lexus models are now available… Read more »

Tesla Model Y launch helps Norway reach 72% EV market share

Tesla’s Model Y is hitting Europe like an electrical storm. In Norway, it became the best-selling vehicle (yes, of any kind) within a week of beginning deliveries. The Vikings’ buying spree pushed EV sales to a new monthly record: 72% of the total auto market in August, compared to 64% in July. Adding PHEVs and… Read more »

Tesla gets 4 models certified in India, could enter market soon

India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has tested four Tesla models and certified them to be roadworthy. “The tests ensure the vehicle matches the requirements of the Indian market in terms of emission and safety and road worthiness,” states the ministry. The models tested appear to be variants of Models 3 and Y. Tesla… Read more »

VIA Motors to be acquired by Ideanomics

VIA Motors was founded in 2010, and got a lot of media attention thanks to Chairman Bob Lutz, the “Father of the Chevy Volt.” The original business plan was converting GM pickups and vans to PHEVs. Now the company plans to produce fully electric commercial vehicles for fleets. Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) has agreed to acquire… Read more »

Lightning eMotors partners with Collins Bus to manufacture electric Type A school buses

Commercial vehicle and powertrain specialist Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV) has partnered with school bus manufacturer Collins Bus, a subsidiary of REV Group, to manufacture electric Type A school buses. Type A buses are the smallest type of school buses manufactured in North America, and are based on a cutaway van chassis. Each of the all-electric… Read more »

Autonomous electric cargo ship with 7 MWh battery capacity sets sail in Norway

Norwegian chemical firm Yara International has developed an autonomous electric cargo ship, which is scheduled to make its maiden voyage with no crew members aboard later this year. Yara, a major shipper of bulk cargoes, created a subsidiary, Yara Marine Technologies, to address toxic emissions from marine diesel engines. In 2017, it began working on… Read more »

Orange EV to deliver 25 electric yard trucks to yard management firm Lazer Spot

Heavy-duty EV builder Orange EV has announced an agreement with Georgia-based Lazer Spot to manufacture and deliver more than 25 electric yard trucks in 2021 and 2022. Lazer Spot, which calls itself the largest yard management firm in the US, has had Orange EV trucks in service for several years with great success. Yard trucks,… Read more »

Tesla could become a major power retailer in Texas

Texas has wide-open spaces, and a wide-open deregulated electricity market with over 120 players at last count. It also has problems with grid reliability that were brought to light last year, when a cold snap caused widespread outages. Tesla to the rescue—Texas Monthly reports that Tesla Energy Ventures has applied with the Texas Public Utility… Read more »