The Vehicles

New York FedEx service provider adds Workhorse electric van to fleet

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has announced that Colonial Routes, in Farmington, New York, is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse’s new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles. Workhorse’s new FedEx Ground vehicle program is now open to contractors nationwide. The company’s E-GEN and E-100 vans are… Read more »

Volkswagen coordinates EV platform strategy with suppliers

Volkswagen’s Board of Management recently held what it called an MEB Supplier Summit to discuss its new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), a platform that will be used for the company’s next generation of EVs, with key suppliers. “To date, more than 100 suppliers have already been nominated within the framework of our electric offensive,”… Read more »

Yosemite National Park buys two Proterra electric buses

California’s Yosemite National Park has ordered two Proterra Catalyst electric buses. The world-famous tourist destination will be the first US National Park to add zero-emission buses to its permanent shuttle fleet. With more than five million visitors each year, Yosemite relies on its shuttle program to encourage park visitors to park once and use a… Read more »

Is Toyota changing its tune? 10 new EVs in the pipeline

Toyota, the world’s second-largest automaker, and one of the largest electrification skeptics (its execs have made statements disparaging battery EVs, and its Lexus subsidiary has run ads mocking EVs), now says it plans to launch 10 new pure EVs by “the early 2020s,” and to add electrified variants to its entire lineup by 2025. “As a mass-market… Read more »

Kia introduces Niro PHEV at LA show

Kia’s 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid, which is expected to be in showrooms by the end of the year, was on display at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover is Kia’s third plug-in model, joining the Optima PHEV and the Soul EV. The Niro PHEV pairs an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder… Read more »

Volkswagen mobility subsidiary presents concept electric van designed for ride sharing

MOIA, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, introduced a concept electric van designed for ride pooling at the recent TechCrunch show in Berlin. MOIA is currently testing its ride pooling service in Hannover, using a fleet of Volkswagen Multivan T6 vehicles. It hopes to put the entire ecosystem, including the new electric van, into service… Read more »

Chinese shipyard launches all-electric cargo ship – for hauling coal

A shipyard in Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province, has launched what it says is the world’s first all-electric cargo ship. According to China Daily, the 230-foot vessel uses a 2,400 kWh battery system comprised of 1,000 individual lithium-ion packs. Range is 50 miles with a load of 2,200 tons of cargo and a… Read more »