The Vehicles

Blue Bird awarded $4.4 million to develop electric school bus

Blue Bird buses are familiar to every American who has kids, or who ever attended school. The Georgia-based manufacturer (Nasdaq: BLBD) has built over 550,000 buses since its formation in 1927, and approximately 180,000 of its classic yellow buses are in operation today. Now the company has won a grant of $4.4 million from the… Read more »

Facing liquidity problems, Faraday Future scales back its EV lineup

Faraday Future is scaling back its ambitions, according to Reuters, cutting its planned product portfolio from seven EVs to two, and also reducing the size of its factory in Nevada to 650,000 square feet, less than a third of its original planned footprint. When the company announced plans for its assembly facility in 2015, it… Read more »

California ARB releases Midterm Review of ZEV regulation, calls for post-2025 standards

In 2012, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) program, a set of standards for new vehicles through model year 2025. The program has two components: the Low-Emission Vehicle III regulations, which mandate reductions in emissions from legacy vehicles; and the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulation, which requires manufacturers to produce… Read more »

Microvast delivers record number of bus battery packs in 2016

Microvast, headquartered in  Stafford, Texas, with offices in China, the UK and Germany, is a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems for electric and hybrid transit buses. The company recently announced record annual sales for 2016 – over 7,500 units. As of the end of 2016, more than 15,000 Microvast battery-powered buses were operating in public… Read more »

Repair your Model S under a shade tree? Tesla plans to open up its policy

The Right to Repair is a concept that aims to make our throwaway society a bit more sustainable by requiring manufacturers to sell replacement parts for their products, and make their diagnostic codes and service manuals available to independent repair shops. The Right to Repair is currently the law only in Massachusetts, which is thus… Read more »

ElectroMotive offers a comprehensive EV buyer’s guide

Car buyers have a growing array of options for going electric, especially in California. However, getting the information they need to decide which plug-in vehicle meets their needs is no simple task – getting objective information from auto dealers has always been difficult, and many of them are sadly uninformed about EVs. A new web… Read more »

Volvo sells 8 electric buses to Harrogate in the UK

The Harrogate Bus Company of the UK has placed an order for eight Volvo 7900 electric buses. The vehicles will operate in Harrogate, 90 km northeast of Manchester. When the vehicles enter service in 2018, the project will be the first in the UK to use opportunity charging via the common interface OppCharge. The charging stations can also be… Read more »

BYD is the front-runner to supply 50 electric buses in Argentina

Argentina’s Ministry of Environment plans to support the purchase of 50 electric buses as a pilot project in several cities throughout the country, and has recommended Chinese EV-builder BYD as the vendor. A bid evaluation committee chose BYD from a pool of five bidders on the strength of its 12-meter electric bus, which is already… Read more »