The Vehicles

Embraer plans first flight of all-electric prototype aircraft in 2020

Brazilian aerospace company Embraer plans to launch its first all-electric prototype aircraft in 2020. Electric equipment manufacturer WEG will produce the demonstrator aircraft’s motor and controller at its headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. Parker Aerospace will supply the aircraft’s cooling system. The technology will be tested on the single-engine EMB-203 Ipanema. Source: Embraer via… Read more »

As VW shows 2 new EVs in Frankfurt, has it brought battery costs under $100/kWh?

Volkswagen’s first EV designed for mass production, and the first to be based on the modular MEB platform, is on display at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. So are a lot of other EVs – mainstream outlets from CNET to the Wall Street Journal reported that electrification is the dominant theme at this year’s show…. Read more »

CNH Industrial invests $250 million in fuel cell truck maker Nikola, plans to enter European market

Dutch commercial vehicle maker CNH Industrial plans to form an exclusive partnership with Nikola, an Arizona manufacturer of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology. CNH Industrial will take a $250-million strategic stake in Nikola as the lead Series D investor. CNH will provide $100 million cash and $150 million… Read more »

UPS partners with TEVVA Motors to introduce new PHEV vans to UK fleet

UPS is an electrification pioneer – the company has invested over $1 billion in alternative fuel projects since 2009, and currently has more than 10,000 alternative fuel vehicles in its global fleet. The logistics giant has teamed up with TEVVA Motors to develop a new class of electric delivery vehicles that addresses a particular problem:… Read more »

EVs take over GM’s home page

Are the legacy automakers serious about EVs? That’s a complex question, and the answer depends on when and whom you ask – every brand has its pro- and anti-EV execs, and corporate strategies can shift from one month to the next. However, if the appearance of a company’s home page is any indication, then GM… Read more »

Polestar opens new production center in China

Polestar, Volvo’s electric performance sub-brand, has opened a new production center in Chengdu, China, where it will produce the Polestar 1 electric performance hybrid. Polestar also received a World Manufacturer Identifier, certifying the brand as a standalone car company. The Chengdu facility will produce vehicles for China and global export markets. Deliveries are expected before… Read more »

Ford releases pix of Mustang-inspired electric crossover shredding in the snow

If there’s anything the EV world badly needs, it’s more electric SUVs and crossovers. So the plug-in press is greedily devouring Ford’s new photos showing a prototype of the automaker’s promised electric crossover. The new “Mustang-inspired” model will be Ford’s first native electric vehicle. The crossover is expected to have a range of 300 miles,… Read more »

A spirited horse springs out of the gate – tri-continental Porsche Taycan launch event

The Porsche Taycan [TIE-kon] is the most highly-anticipated EV we’ve seen in a long time – in fact, the sound of the spirited young horse’s approaching hoofbeats has arguably generated more excitement than any non-Tesla vehicle to date (sorry, Audi and Jaguar). Porsche unveiled its magnum opus at three simultaneous events in Germany, China, and… Read more »

BYD selects Milea to distribute electric trucks in New York City

Chinese EV maker BYD has selected Milea Truck as the distributor of its electric trucks in New York City. Milea will offer the full line of BYD’s electric trucks, including: Class 6 and Class 8 Trucks Refuse Collection Trucks Tandem Axle Day Cabs Yard Tractors Refrigerated Box Trucks BYD Director of Business Development John Gerra… Read more »