The Vehicles

Volvo Buses grows its battery recycling program

Volvo Buses is amping up its green portfolio. It’s introducing a program to recycle its bus batteries by transforming them into a source of energy for a Gothenburg residential complex. The program, which began late last year in partnership with Stena Property and Stena Recycling, is similar to one the company is already running with… Read more »

China will not cut EV subsidies this year

China will not make significant cuts to subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEVs) this year, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei told a recent gathering of auto industry execs. The government-backed Beijing News confirmed that “this year’s NEV subsidy policy will remain relatively stable and there will not be significant cuts.” China implemented… Read more »

California and 7 other states commit to faster electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

California is joining with seven other states to develop an action plan to put hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses on the roads. This new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle collaborative effort will be implemented through the multi-state ZEV Task Force, and will be facilitated by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management… Read more »

Volvo unveils heavy-duty concept EVs for construction and regional transport

Volvo Trucks has developed electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution to gauge commercial interest. The company plans to have select European customers pilot a small number of these concept vehicles, which it plans to commercialize in the future. Volvo points out that heavy-duty e-trucks can improve the work environment for drivers and… Read more »

Tesla delivers 112k vehicles in Q4, blasting through forecasts

Already riding high after reporting a profitable quarter and beginning deliveries from the Chinese Gigafactory, Tesla has delivered another body blow to the fossil auto industry. In Q4 2019, Tesla delivered 112,000 cars, exceeding expectations and blowing through the previous delivery record of 97,000 cars, which was set in Q3. We may never know to… Read more »

IKEA deploys electric delivery truck from SEA Electric

Australian e-truck builder SEA Electric has delivered an electric delivery truck to fleet service provider All Purpose Transport. The new truck will be making deliveries for IKEA in Queensland. SEA offers a range of 5 drivetrains for commercial vehicles from 3.5 tons to 27 tons GVM. Customers can select a new cab chassis from their… Read more »

New report: Electric trucks and buses are a win-win-win

A new study quantifies what commercial EV-makers have been saying for years: electric trucks and buses are a triple win. They save money for fleet operators, and reduce both local air pollution and carbon emissions. Furthermore, in California (among other places), they generate jobs and economic benefits. American bus-builder Proterra is headquartered in Silicon Valley… Read more »

Rivian raises $1.3 billion in funding

Rivian, an automaker that revealed its prototype electric pickup and SUV in November 2018, has raised $1.3 billion in a recent funding round led by T. Rowe Price Associates. Amazon and Ford also participated in the funding round. Designed as all-terrain EVs, Rivian’s launch products, the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, are notable for their… Read more »