The Vehicles

GM announces new business venture to produce electric delivery vans

Over the past few months, GM has gotten a lot more serious about electrification, unveiling a new EV platform, plans for more investment and more electrified models, and most recently, a new EV-centric marketing campaign. However, some have been pointing out the gap between the automaker’s high-wattage future plans and its flickering present (only one… Read more »

New report highlights the need to electrify ride-hailing fleets

Rideshare vehicles are widely believed to have larger carbon footprints than personal vehicles, so electrifying them seems likely to deliver greater emissions reductions than electrifying personal passenger cars. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in collaboration with General Motors, recently released an insight brief that explains why the electrification of transportation network companies (TNCs) such as… Read more »

Bogotá orders 596 new electric buses—fleet of 1,485 e-buses will be the largest outside China

Bogota public transit agency Transmilenio has ordered 596 new BYD electric buses, bringing the city’s electric bus fleet to a total of 1,485 units. The new e-buses are expected to be in operation by 2022, and will operate in the Fontibón, Usme and Perdomo areas. María Fernanda Ortiz, the General Manager of Transmilenio, proudly claimed… Read more »

GM’s Everybody In campaign evokes an inclusive, electric future

General Motors has introduced a new marketing campaign designed to assert its new commitment to e-mobility. The Everybody In campaign is “a call to action meant to reflect a movement that’s inclusive and accessible.” The automaker’s vision is that electric, autonomous vehicles can enable a world with “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” GM’s… Read more »

CARB approves $29 million investment in two clean-car programs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved $28.64 million in new funding to support two statewide incentive programs aimed at bringing clean vehicle technologies to low-income and underserved communities. California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provides incentives to purchase low-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and Clean Cars 4 All… Read more »

ZeroAvia wins £12-million grant to bring fuel cell aviation powertrain to market

ZeroAvia, a specialist in hydrogen-electric aviation, has secured £12.3 million ($16.3 million) in government funding to deliver a hydrogen-electric aircraft to the market by 2023. The UK Government grant for the HyFlyer II project will finance ZeroAvia’s development of a certifiable hydrogen-electric powertrain. The goal is to demonstrate a 19-seat aircraft with a 350-mile flight… Read more »

Berlin adds 90 Solaris e-buses, expanding its electric fleet to 123 units

Polish bus builder Solaris has delivered 90 new Urbino 12 electric buses to Berlin’s BVG transit agency, bringing the number of Solaris electric buses operating in Berlin to a total of 123. The 65-passenger e-buses feature battery packs with a total nominal capacity of 300 kWh, and are charged using a plug-in system. They sport… Read more »

Massachusetts to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles by 2035

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a new mandate that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035. The plan is part of the state’s 2050 Decarbonization Road Map, which also calls for retrofitting 1 million homes with electric heating, cutting commuters’ driving miles by 15 percent, and dramatically increasing offshore wind… Read more »

European truck-makers pledge to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2040

Several of Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have promised to stop selling ICE vehicles by 2040. The chief executives of Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and “clean fuels.” The industry will invest some 50 to 100 billion euros… Read more »

State of New York announces transit and school bus electrification initiatives

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a series of initiatives to increase the number of electric buses in the state. The plans include $16.4 million in incentives for transit buses, and $2.5 million for school buses. Under the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), $16.4 million from the Volkswagen diesel settlement will be… Read more »