The Vehicles

BYD launches next-generation electric yard truck

Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD has launched a new generation of its 8Y-battery electric yard trucks. The company’s first delivery will include 14 second-generation electric yard trucks to two facilities operated by BNSF Railway in Southern California, where a demonstration project began with six of BYD’s first-generation electric yard trucks in 2018. The demonstration project is… Read more »

GM delivering Buick Velite EV in China

Buick unveiled the brand’s first electric model, the Velite 6, at the recent Shanghai auto show. According to Buick, Velite 6 isn’t quite a hatchback or a crossover or a wagon, but something in between: a “multiactivity vehicle” (MAV). The all-electric Velite 6 is built on a new platform that GM designed together with its… Read more »

FTA to offer $85 million in funding for low emission buses

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program, a funding opportunity for recipients to purchase electric and low-emission buses. The program has $85 million in competitive grant funds available for public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and tribes. Program applicants will be evaluated based on their need,… Read more »

Tesla developing new battery recycling process at Gigafactory

All forms of transport have environmental impacts, and the mainstream media is fond of speculating that those of EVs are just as bad as those of fossil fuel vehicles. Some facts and figures to rebut the croakers may be found in Tesla’s 2019 Impact Report, in which the company discloses the impacts of its products… Read more »

New study from VW confirms EVs produce lower emissions than diesels

Volkswagen has refuted a recent anti-EV hit piece with a new study that confirms what many earlier studies have found: EVs have smaller life-cycle carbon footprints than comparable ICE vehicles, even if they are charged by dirty fossil-derived energy. “For the same vehicle models with different powertrains, the carbon footprint of the battery-powered E variants… Read more »

San Francisco Airport purchases six Proterra Catalyst e-buses as it moves to 100% carbon neutrality

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has purchased six Proterra Catalyst E2 e-buses and three 60 kW Proterra plug-in chargers. SFO says the e-bus fleet will help it reduce operating costs, and supports the airport’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2021. The e-buses will replace six diesel buses in SFO’s current fleet. The buses, each of… Read more »

Ford invests $500 million in Rivian, will jointly develop new EV

Rivian, which caught the EV world’s attention with a prototype SUV and pickup truck, has secured an equity investment of $500 million from Ford. Rivian will remain an independent company, and Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of Automotive, will join Rivian’s seven-member board. The two companies will also work together to develop a new Ford EV,… Read more »

Tough times for Tesla – Q1 earnings report lays out large loss

Tesla had a rough week. In its first-quarter 2019 earnings report, it described a loss of $702 million, or $4.10 per share – quite large even by Tesla’s standards, and greater than the $1.81 per share that Wall Street analysts (surveyed by FactSet) had forecast. Q1 revenue of $4.54 billion also fell short of expectations,… Read more »