The Vehicles

China may allow EV makers to produce cars without JV partners

China is one of the epicenters of the electromobility revolution, and a new proposal could make it much more so, while also giving a boost to American EV-makers such as Tesla. Currently, foreign automakers are allowed to produce vehicles in the country only through a joint venture with a local partner. Now China’s National Development… Read more »

China logs record EV sales, Tesla top foreign brand

Plug-in sales in China are going wild – annual sales for 2016 are expected to exceed 350,000. The country now has the largest plug-in fleet in the world: over 650,000 vehicles, surpassing Europe (630,000) and the US (560,000). Upcoming changes to government incentive programs contributed to a sales surge for small EVs in November. The… Read more »

Ford plans 13 new electrified vehicles, including all-electric SUV and hybrid Mustang and F-150

Ford has announced that it plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles over the next five years, including hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and Mustang. The automaker will invest $700 million to equip its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce autonomous and electric vehicles, part of a $4.5-billion investment in electrified vehicles… Read more »

GLM launches EV brand and shows two models in Hong Kong

Japanese EV startup GLM displayed two vehicles, the GLM-G4 and GLM-ZZ, at a recent charity party in Hong Kong. Kyoto-based GLM was established in 2010, and has established partnerships with over 100 tech companies to develop “new forms of vehicles and transportation.” GLM provides a packaged solution that includes chassis, power systems and vehicle control… Read more »

Drive Electric Hawaii celebrates the state’s 5,000th EV

As the Aloha State registers its 5,000th EV, a new group has been formed to accelerate the adoption of EVs and coordinate integration with renewable energy. Charter members of Drive Electric Hawaii include the state’s DOT, several electric utilities and the Rocky Mountain Institute. “The primary focus of the Drive Electric Hawaii Initiative is to… Read more »

Nissan introduces driverless towing system at Oppama Plant

Nissan has introduced a fully automated vehicle towing system at its Oppama Plant in Japan. The Intelligent Vehicle Towing (IVT) system uses a modified LEAF with autonomous capability to tow trollies carrying finished vehicles between loading and unloading points at the plant. The plant’s existing logistics system uses human drivers to transport finished vehicles from… Read more »

Data shows what we all knew: The auto industry isn’t advertising its EVs

It has long been apparent to EV journalists (or to anyone who watches TV or reads magazines) that automakers have little interest in advertising their plug-in models – we’re inundated with car ads every hour of every day, but the clever commercials seldom mention the 30 or so EVs and PHEVs that are theoretically available… Read more »

Torqeedo introduces adapted BMW i3 battery for marine use, range extender, fixed pod motor

Marine motor manufacturer Torqeedo will introduce three new products for electric mobility on the water at the upcoming Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo Florida and Miami International Boat Show. Torqeedo has adapted BMW’s i3 battery to work with its 40 or 80 hp Deep Blue outboard motors. The prismatic cell design provides efficient cooling… Read more »

California city to deploy 10 GreenPower electric buses

GreenPower Motor Company has announced that the City of Porterville will deploy 10 of the company’s EV350 40-foot electric transit buses, as well as charging infrastructure including 11 charging stations, supported by a $9.5-million grant from the California Air Resources Board. CARB’s award to Porterville was one of nine awards from the Zero-Emission Truck and… Read more »

XL Hybrids to launch PHEV pickup truck retrofit package in 2017

Boston-based XL Hybrids has announced the launch of its new XLP product line, a ship-thru upfit for half-ton pickup trucks that the company says will deliver a 50 percent improvement in fuel economy. The new XLP solution will build on the company’s existing XL3 hybrid powertrain, which was introduced in 2013, and has logged over… Read more »