The Vehicles

BYD and US Hybrid to develop hydrogen electric bus for Honolulu airport

BYD has teamed with powertrain specialist US Hybrid Corporation to develop a hydrogen-electric bus, which will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The bus will use BYD’s battery-electric platform, integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology to eliminate dependency on charging. The new bus is being developed under Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), part of the… Read more »

FedEx tests Workhorse/Plug Power fuel cell delivery van

Commercial EV manufacturer Workhorse (NASDAQ:WKHS) and hydrogen fuel cell specialist Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) have collaborated to deliver a fuel cell electric delivery van to FedEx Express. The Class 5 EGEN delivery van was built by Workhorse, and features a Plug Power ProGen hydrogen fuel cell. It’s currently in service on a standard delivery route,… Read more »

Bob Lutz laments the end of the automotive era

Quintessential car guy Bob Lutz, the father of the Chevy Volt and one-time Tesla admirer turned harsh critic, had some bad news for an audience of engineers at SAE International’s recent annual meeting in Detroit. Once vehicle autonomy reaches its logical conclusion, humans will be reduced to passengers in standardized, soulless automated vehicles. People who… Read more »

Amsterdam airport taxis switch from Tesla Model S to Model X

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is famous among travelling EV enthusiasts for its fleet of 167 Model S taxis. Now fleet operator BIOS-groep plans to trade the S for an X, replacing all of its Model S sedans with roomy Model X crossovers. BIOS-groep collaborated with Tesla to install its own on-site charging solution. Level 2 AC… Read more »

European emissions levels climb even as tougher standards are on the way

As emissions standards tighten around the world, and the threat from EVs grows, shouldn’t automakers be making their cars cleaner? Somehow, they don’t seem able to do so. According to a recent report from JATO Dynamics (via Automotive News Europe), European emissions actually increased by a small amount in 2017, reversing a decade of steady… Read more »

Motiv provides electric chassis for Winnebago, Champion Bus

Iconic RV maker Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) has launched an EV platform, and formed a strategic partnership with commercial EV chassis builder Motiv Power Systems for the development and supply of EV components. As part of the deal, Winnebago intends to make a financial investment in Motiv. Winnebago’s EV is designed for short-range commercial applications… Read more »

Tesla Autopilot goes mano a mano with Cadillac Super Cruise

Automakers around the world are hustling to develop vehicle autonomy features. Tesla will soon have a crop of competitors for its Autopilot driver assistance system. So far however, Cadillac is the only automaker that’s brought a system to market: Super Cruise, which debuted this year on the CT6 luxury sedan. Dan Edmunds and Jason Kavanagh,… Read more »

University of California, Irvine to convert its entire bus fleet to EVs

The University of California, Irvine has chosen electric bus manufacturer BYD to convert the Anteater Express bus fleet, which serves the college’s 1,500-acre campus and various off-campus locations, into an all-electric service. UCI undergraduates voted in 2013 to transform the Anteater Express shuttle, which is operated and funded by students, to a more sustainable fleet,… Read more »

Florida could spend $166 million from VW Dirty Diesel settlement on more diesel buses

Volkswagen has agreed to hand over a pot of money to atone for its dastardly diesel deeds. One part of that pot – almost $3 billion – will be divided among US states, for them to spend as they choose, presumably on projects that will reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. Florida’s share of the… Read more »