The Vehicles

Harley Davidson and Alta Motors to collaborate on electric motorcycle development

Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a maker of electric motorcycles and lightweight EV drivetrains. The two companies plan to collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development. Having testing the market with its LiveWire prototype in 2014, Harley recently announced that it would bring its first electric motorcycle… Read more »

New software tool helps car buyers compare EVs with legacy vehicles

Consumers in seven Midwestern states seeking information about plug-in vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The consumer tool, called EVolution: Choices for a Smarter Purchase, is designed to help car buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle. It starts with consumers’ purchase considerations, including… Read more »

Market penetration of stop-start systems for light trucks doubled in 2017

Stop-start systems, which have been used in hybrid vehicles for almost 20 years, are now becoming common features on non-hybrid vehicles as well. According to the DOE, the market penetration of stop-start systems in non-hybrid passenger cars grew from 9.1% in 2016 to 14.2% in 2017, while their use in light trucks nearly doubled, reaching… Read more »

Motiv’s EPIC electric truck chassis mirror the procurement process for ICE chassis

Motiv Power Systems is exhibiting its EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) all-electric family of chassis at Ford’s booth at this week’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. An EPIC-powered AmeriPride walk-in van with a Utilimaster body will be available for test drives. Based on Ford’s popular E-450, F-59 and F-53 platforms, the EPIC chassis are production-line-ready,… Read more »

Mercedes begins real-world testing of its eActros electric truck, with a wary eye on the Tesla Semi

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will put its new electric truck, the eActros, on the road with customers for real-world trials in 2018. Ten vehicles in two variants, with a gross vehicle weight of 18 or 25 tons, will be tested under real-life conditions by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland. These customers operate in different sectors and… Read more »

UPS: New Workhorse electric truck will be the first to rival cost of ICE vehicles

UPS plans to collaborate with Workhorse to develop an electric delivery truck that will be comparable in acquisition cost to legacy ICE trucks without any subsidies, an industry first. Each Class 5 truck will have a range of approximately 100 miles, quite sufficient for delivery routes in and around cities. UPS will test 50 of… Read more »

GreenPower receives order for two Synapse electric school buses

California’s Rialto Unified School District, which operates a fleet of 68 school buses serving 29 schools, has ordered two Synapse 72 electric school buses from GreenPower Motor Company, for delivery by the summer of 2018. GreenPower offers a range of electric buses with low-floor or high-floor bodies.  GreenPower’s e-bus is based on a clean-sheet design,… Read more »