The Vehicles

FCC Medio Ambiente and Irizar to begin production of electric refuse trucks

Spanish bus manufacturer Irizar and refuse collection firm FCC Medio Ambiente have partnered to produce Irizar ie electric refuse collection trucks. The two companies have conducted tests of the new trucks in several European cities, with “excellent results,” and the first 10 units will now go into production. The first 10 units will include 4×2… Read more »

Thomas Built Buses delivers 50th Proterra Powered electric school bus

Thomas Built Buses (TBB), a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, together with vehicle dealer Sonny Merryman and commercial EV manufacturer Proterra, recently celebrated the delivery of the 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus. The milestone delivery went to Loudon County Public Schools in Virginia as part of Dominion Energy’s Electric School Bus Initiative…. Read more »

ABB to electrify its fleet of 10,000 vehicles by 2030

Global electronics giant ABB has been involved in the e-mobility segment since the early days, and it is currently delivering everything from battery systems to charging stations to large-scale EVSE projects. Articles referring to the company in the world’s leading EV magazine number at least a hundred. So when we read about ABB’s recent announcement… Read more »

Volvo Penta acquires majority stake in marine battery system supplier ZEM

Volvo Penta has become the majority shareholder of Norwegian marine battery and electric driveline supplier ZEM. “Marine electromobility has a unique set of requirements,” explains Volvo Penta CTO Peter Granqvist. “There are very specific considerations of utmost importance around the installation environment, safety, the use case itself, and the current lack of charging infrastructure.” ZEM’s… Read more »

Ford producing more Mach-Es than legacy ‘Stangs

When will the production of EVs surpass that of legacy vehicles? Well, for one particular model, that day has arrived—at least temporarily. Bloomberg reports that, so far this year, Ford has produced more units of its new Mustang Mach-E EV than it has gas-powered Mustangs. Ford has built 27,816 Mustang Mach-Es at a plant in… Read more »

BYD introduces electric Type D school bus

BYD, a major manufacturer of transit buses, is introducing a battery-electric Type D school bus. According to the company, the new e-bus offers “unparalleled safety features and performance, wrapped in a sleek design that will have students wanting to step onboard.” BYD’s Type D school bus will come in 35-, 38-, and 40-foot lengths, and… Read more »

Lamborghini’s ‘lectrification roadmap points to an EV by 2030

The latest news from Italy should put a final end to the cracks about “glorified golf carts.” Lamborghini has unveiled a roadmap to electrification, dubbed Cor Tauri (the name refers to a star in the Taurus constellation, which inspired the automaker’s bull logo). “Throughout the product electrification process, Lamborghini will focus continually on identifying technologies… Read more »

New report: US transit fleet could electrify by 2035 for an investment of less than $89 billion

According to a new report produced by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) at the request of Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the entire US public transit fleet could replace its fossil fuel vehicles with battery-electric and fuel cell buses by 2035 at a cost of between $42 billion and… Read more »

Clean Energy for America bill, including $12,500 EV tax credit, advances in Senate

A bill called Clean Energy for America advanced in the US Senate Finance Committee on a 14-14 tie vote. The bill, which contains a number of measures designed to incentivize clean energy, clean transportation and energy efficiency, must now be approved by the full Senate and the House of Representatives in order to become law…. Read more »

Ford EV head: “We are not in this to build a couple of trucks.”

Over the years, Charged has reported on many EV initiatives from major automakers. These have always been announced with great fanfare, and promises of “commitment” to electrification, but after a couple of years and a couple thousand EV sales, most of these “new eras” have quietly faded away (Ford’s 2012 e-mobility effort was just one… Read more »