The Vehicles

Senator Schumer proposes $454 billion in new funding to promote EVs

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York), the current Senate Minority Leader, has proposed a plan that would invest $454 billion over 10 years to help the US auto industry accelerate the transition to electrified vehicles. Schumer’s plan would provide rebates of $3,000 to $5,000 (plus another $2,000 for low-income buyers) for owners of gas vehicles… Read more »

Toyota extends battery warranty of 2020 models

Toyota will extend its battery warranty from 8 years or 100,000 miles to 10 years or 150,000 miles for hybrids, PEV, and EVs, beginning with model year 2020. The warranty will cover first owners and subsequent owners. Heather Updegraff, General Manager of Vehicle Marketing & Communications, said, “Toyota introduced the first hybrid vehicle in the… Read more »

Minnesota and New Mexico to become clean air states

As the federal government struggles to wrest control of emissions standards from state governments, two more states have announced plans to join the 13 that already enforce their own more stringent standards. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will begin the process of setting vehicle emission standards for automakers this… Read more »

Miami transit agency buys 33 Proterra electric buses

Miami-Dade Transit has ordered 33 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses and up to 75 Proterra plug-in chargers. The purchase is part of the agency’s plan to electrify at least 50 percent of the county’s buses by 2035. Proterra will work directly with the county to design and install the charging infrastructure. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos… Read more »

Plug In America releases Used EV Buyers Guide

Although new EVs still cost considerably more to buy than comparable legacy vehicles, we’re seeing more and more articles arguing that the total cost of ownership, considering savings on fuel and maintenance, is actually lower. However, such arguments are moot for car buyers whose budget won’t cover any new car. For these folks (who probably… Read more »

Anheuser-Busch to deploy 21 BYD electric trucks

Anheuser-Busch plans to add 21 BYD electric trucks to its California fleet. The second-generation 8TT Class 8 electric trucks will be deployed at Anheuser-Busch facilities in Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona and Carson. The non-profit Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will lead project oversight, development, management, and reporting through a grant from the California Air… Read more »

Is the honeymoon over for Tesla and Panasonic?

The relationship between Tesla and Panasonic has been a rocky one from the start. When Gigafactory 1 was in the planning stages, the Japanese giant waffled about how much it planned to invest, causing TSLA stock to gyrate. Panasonic doesn’t seem to have prospered from the partnership – the conglomerate’s battery unit is reported to… Read more »