The Vehicles

Charlotte Douglas International Airport buys Proterra buses and chargers

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will purchase five 35-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses and five 125 kW Proterra charging systems. CLT will become the ninth airport to purchase Proterra electric buses. Each Proterra electric buses displaces 230,000 pounds of CO2 annually when it replaces a diesel vehicle, according to the company. Proterra’s charging systems use the… Read more »

Toshiba launches diesel-battery hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive

Toshiba subsidiary Kiel-Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled its first European hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive. The company showcased the HDB 800 locomotive demonstrator in its pantograph version alongside other modular diesel-electric hybrid locomotives at a recent trade show. The new HDB 800 has the following features: Series hybrid system consisting of two diesel engines and the… Read more »

Despite weak EV sales, total battery capacity increased 69% YOY in April 2019

Despite weak EV sales growth in April 2019 compared to the same month the year prior, total battery capacity deployed in newly-sold EVs increased markedly over the same period, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity Monthly. While total EV sales increased just 19.6% over the previous April, the industry deployed over 6.7 GWh of… Read more »

AVID Technology and Caterpillar receive $42 million from UK to develop electric construction machinery

The United Kingdom government has awarded EV component manufacturer AVID Technology and construction machinery giant Caterpillar €33 million (about $41.7 million) to develop fully electric construction machinery. The funding, which is made possible by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre, will benefit 32 companies and create 2,230 jobs, according to a government statement. Ian Constance, Chief… Read more »

Electric marine propulsion system can save $1.7 million in fuel costs annually

An independent study for ABB by marine consultancy Deltamarin has found that the ABB Azipod electric propulsion system for ferries could save up to $1.7 million in annual fuel costs per vessel. By simulating a transit on seven existing ferry routes, researchers found that a ferry equipped with twin 10 MW mid-power range Azipod units… Read more »

Toyota and Subaru to jointly develop EV platform and electric SUV

Toyota and Subaru have agreed to jointly develop an EV platform for midsize and large passenger vehicles as well as a C-segment-class electric SUV for sale under each company’s own brand. The companies hope to combine their respective strengths, like Subaru’s much-lauded AWD system and Toyota’s electrification technology. This isn’t the first time the automakers… Read more »

Proterra CEO: Electric buses are close to inevitable

The economic case for electric transit buses has become a no-brainer, Proterra CEO Ryan Popple told Bloomberg in a recent interview. The energy cost of a typical e-bus is about 20 cents per mile, compared to about 75 cents per mile for diesel. The up-front costs for e-buses are substantially higher, but Proterra recently introduced… Read more »

Toyota accelerates its electrification plans, teases six new EVs

EV advocates have long been puzzled by the policies of Toyota. The company that initiated vehicle electrification in 1997 with the Prius, and that currently makes the second-best-selling plug-in vehicle in the US (the Prius Prime) has consistently dismissed the benefits of pure EVs, insisting that hybrids are superior, and diverting resources to fuel cell… Read more »