The Vehicles

Former Tesla production head offers insourcing insights

For years, automakers have been steadily outsourcing more and more of their manufacturing. Modern vehicles are assembled from parts made by suppliers all over the world, and in some cases, even the final assembly is done under contract by companies such as Magna and Valmet. Tesla has reversed this trend to a certain extent –… Read more »

VW developing electric racer for Pikes Peak 2018

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, has been run since 1916. The course climbs 4,700 feet in just over 12 miles. This demanding race has become something of a showplace for electric racing – several EV startups have distinguished themselves there, including Lightning Motorcycles, Rimac and Faraday… Read more »

Volvo and Geely invest in Polestar, announce new plug-in vehicles for China

Volvo Cars and its owner, China-based Geely Holding, will jointly invest RMB 5 billion ($756 million) to support the initial phase of Volvo subsidiary Polestar’s development. Among other things, the funds will be used to establish a Polestar manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. Polestar has revealed its first production model. The Polestar 1 is a… Read more »

Rumor: Tesla may use Magna to produce Model 3 in Europe

German media site Der Aktionär has reported (via InsideEVs) a rumor that Tesla is considering outsourcing European production of Model 3, possibly to Magna International, a global firm that provides parts to many OEMs, including Tesla, and in some cases even assembles complete vehicles under contract. Peter Haidenek, Finance Chairman of Tesla supplier Polytec, told… Read more »

Cummins acquires battery pack designer Brammo

Cummins (NYSE: CMI), best known as a manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines, recently unveiled a prototype electric truck. Now the company has taken another step towards electrification with the acquisition of Brammo, which develops electric drivetrains and battery packs. Brammo was founded in 2002 to build electric motorcycles (and was featured in the February 2014… Read more »

Paris to ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2030

The world’s most visited city plans to eliminate gas- and diesel-fueled cars by 2030. Paris City Hall said in a statement that France’s target date of 2040 for a transition to electric vehicles would require earlier phase-outs in large cities. The French capital has long been plagued by choking air pollution, leading authorities to ban… Read more »

Zunum Aero unveils 12-passenger hybrid aircraft for delivery in 2022

Washington-based Zunum Aero, profiled in the July/August issue of Charged, has unveiled details of its first aircraft – a hybrid plane with a capacity of 12 passengers and a range of 700 miles. It will have a maximum cruise speed of 340 miles per hour, and a take-off distance of 2,200 feet. The company says… Read more »

Los Angeles orders 2 electric garbage trucks, powered by Motiv Power Systems

The city of Los Angeles has ordered 2 zero-emission refuse trucks. These Class 8 trucks feature a Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Crane Carrier chassis, and an Amrep automated side-loader body. The trucks will be built by Amrep in Los Angeles, and are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018. LA’s sanitation department expects… Read more »