The Vehicles

Volvo to demonstrate electric regional-haul truck in 2019

Volvo Trucks plans to introduce an all-electric version of its Volvo VNR regional-haul vehicle in California next year. The VNR Electric truck will be based on the propulsion and energy-storage technology used in the Volvo FE Electric, which the company plans to sell in Europe in 2019. Volvo hopes to bring the VNR Electric to… Read more »

Massachusetts extends EV rebate program, tightens eligibility requirements

The state of Massachusetts has announced that it will extend its electric vehicle rebate program through the middle of next year, while also tightening eligibility requirements. Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced that the popular MOR-EV program will now run through at least June 30, 2019. Starting on January 1, the program will provide a… Read more »

Boring Company demonstrates first tunnel with a modified Tesla Model X

Some people see problems and complain about them on Facebook. When Elon Musk sees a problem, he starts a company to solve it. The Boring Company’s mission is to relieve traffic congestion via a two-part strategy: reducing the cost of boring tunnels and developing an autonomous transport system to move cars through the tunnels. The… Read more »

Keeping federal EV tax credit alive a tough sell for GM as it lays off workers and closes factories

General Motors is fighting to retain the $7,500 federal tax credit for plug-in vehicle purchases, but the company’s recently announced layoffs and plant closings may make it a tough sell in Washington. As GM nears the 200,000-vehicle cutoff point after which the tax credit will be phased out, the incentive’s very existence is uncertain. One… Read more »

California Air Resources Board mandates 100% zero-emission buses by 2040

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has unanimously approved a rule that will move the state towards the goal of a 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. Like most government programs, CARB’s Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation has a long timeline – the process of proposals, meetings and workshops that led to this week’s final… Read more »

California’s Victor Valley Transit orders 7 New Flyer electric buses

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), which serves Barstow and surrounding areas of San Bernardino County, California, has ordered seven 40-foot New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses. The agency has set a goal of converting its fleet to 100% electric by 2040. VVTA has partnered with local electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) on its… Read more »

Maritime tech firm Kongsberg partners with battery maker Leclanché to build autonomous hybrid ships

Maritime technology company Kongsberg has partnered with Swiss battery maker Leclanché to introduce low- and zero-emissions technology to the marine industry. Battery-powered vessels are becoming more common in the maritime industry – companies such as Rolls-Royce are developing their own maritime battery systems. Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid and electric… Read more »

Chile orders 100 electric buses from China’s Yutong Bus

Yutong Bus will deliver 100 electric buses to Chile, part of the Chilean government’s environmentally-friendly urban development policy, which includes a push to replace all current city buses with new energy vehicles by 2050. The new e- buses will be operated by Buses Vule and STP Santiago to serve Santiago’s public transportation system. The Yutong… Read more »

Rivian plans to use dealerships to service its electric trucks and SUVs

Following Tesla’s lead, EV startup Rivian, which turned heads at the LA Auto Show with its prototype electric pickup and SUV, doesn’t plan to use traditional dealerships to sell its vehicles in most areas. Buyers will order Rivians directly from the company – it’s already accepting pre-orders, secured by refundable $1,000 deposits. Unlike Tesla, however,… Read more »