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The Vehicles

Lunaz’s upcycled electric garbage truck features swappable battery pack

Lunaz Applied Technologies, a British EV startup known for electrifying classic cars, has revealed a garbage truck with a number of driver-friendly features and a swappable battery pack that’s designed to be replaced in 10 minutes. Lunaz says its upcycled truck, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz Econic platform, will soon be operating in several… Read more »

New reports analyze US electric truck market and global off-highway EV market

Research and Markets has released a pair of reports that examine the two segments of the commercial EV market. The company’s “U.S. Electric Truck Market Research Report” analyzes the current e-truck market, offers profiles of key players, and makes some forecasts for the future. R and M expects revenue from the US electric truck market… Read more »

Lilium teams with Honeywell and DENSO to manufacture motor for electric Lilium Jet

Lilium, the developer of an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has partnered with Honeywell and DENSO, who will co-develop and manufacture the electric motor that will power the Lilium Jet’s engines. Honeywell, which invested in Lilium in 2021, is already developing the Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems. Honeywell also has an… Read more »

VW to replace MEB and PPE electric platforms with new Scalable Systems Platform

Volkswagen plans to introduce a new EV, the ID.4 sedan, which is expected to go into production in 2026, and will be built on a new platform. VW’s new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) is a skateboard-style architecture that Volkswagen Group Chairman Herbert Diess says will replace the existing Modularen Elektrik Baukasten (MEB) structure as well… Read more »

Milan orders an additional 75 Solaris electric buses

Italian transit operator ATM Milano has placed a third order for electric buses with Polish firm Solaris, under an existing framework agreement for 250 vehicles. Two batches of electric Urbino buses, 140 in total, have already been delivered. Now ATM has ordered 75 more Urbino 12 buses, and they’re scheduled to hit the streets of… Read more »

Xcel Energy to pilot electric bucket trucks

Xcel Energy, an electric utility that serves millions of customers in 8 Western and Midwestern states, plans to add all-electric bucket trucks to its vehicle fleet. Xcel Energy crews will use the zero-emission trucks to maintain the grid and respond to outages. The truck, which is built by Terex Utilities and Navistar, features two electric… Read more »

DC proposes extra fees on heavy vehicles—including EVs

The proliferation of supersized vehicles has caused or exacerbated a number of problems—not only do large pickups and SUVs spew more air pollution than smaller vehicles, but they are more likely to kill or injure pedestrians and cyclists, and they increase road wear. Several European jurisdictions have enacted measures to address “truck bloat.” In France,… Read more »

Thousands petition Toyota to cease anti-EV lobbying efforts

It’s an open secret that, even as automakers announce ambitious plans for new EV models, and air EV ads featuring smiling grandparents, the companies actively fight against the kind of government regulations that are forcing them to produce EVs in the first place. Corporate watchdog SumOfUs recently delivered a petition to Toyota signed by more… Read more »

Even as automakers push EVs, they continue lobbying against climate action

Automakers are continuing to improve their electric vehicles, expanding the selection of models, and (finally!) running some substantial ad campaigns for their EV offerings. Some of them are talking huge games for the future, making headlines with plans to introduce dozens of new EVs, and even to phase out gas-burners. However (surprise, surprise), most of… Read more »