The Vehicles

China sales and impending Semi production send Tesla shares into the stratosphere

Tesla’s stock briefly cracked the thousand-dollar mark, setting a new all-time high and raising the company’s market valuation to over $180 billion, making it the world’s most valuable automaker, after Toyota. The main impetus for the stock surge seems to have been a stellar sales report from China. Tesla sold 11,095 Shanghai-made Model 3s in… Read more »

Audi’s new Artemis project will focus on new EV technologies

Two months after taking office as Audi’s new CEO, Markus Duesmann is setting up a new unit that will be tasked with “the accelerated development of additional automobile models.” The Artemis project will focus on “new technologies for electric, highly automated driving.” Its first task is to create “a highly efficient electric car” to be… Read more »

New Ford Escape PHEV offers 37 miles of electric range and record 100 MPGe efficiency

Ford’s new Escape Plug-In Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 37 miles of electric range, and what Ford says is a “best-in-class” fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined. This Escape features Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and continuously variable transmission. The liquid-cooled, 14.4 kWh battery is located… Read more »

Aircraft refueling vehicle goes electric

Passenger jets may be major consumers of fossil fuels, but the vehicles that refuel them need not be. Engineering firm Gaussin and oil giant Total, which supplies jet fuel to 280 airlines at 300 airports around the world, are jointly developing a fully electric aircraft refueller transporter (ART). The ART Full Elec (which could use… Read more »

German stimulus plan supports EVs, ICEs out fossil vehicles

Following the French government’s announcement of an auto industry bailout that included some pro-EV measures, the German government has unveiled a stimulus package that advances vehicle electrification. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, along with its two governing partner parties, hashed out the agreement in a marathon 21-hour negotiating session. The package, which is expected… Read more »

DOT awards $130 million in nationwide Low-No grants for low-emission buses

Federal support for EVs in the US may have dwindled, but it hasn’t disappeared. The US DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $130 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program for 2020. The Low-No program funds the deployment of zero- and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities. Eligible projects… Read more »

Air pollution returns to “normal,” as new study shows EVs save $10,000 each in health costs

Amid the hardships of the recent pandemic-inspired lockdowns, some saw signs of hope for the future in the clear skies and quiet streets. Could the views of distant mountains from Los Angeles to New Delhi be made permanent? The object lesson provided by the lockdowns was that, if we want cleaner air, we know how… Read more »

Octillion provides batteries for Lightning Systems e-trucks and new mobile charger

Battery provider Octillion Power Systems will collaborate with Colorado-based Lightning Systems to produce Class 6 electric trucks (up to 12.5 tons) aimed at “middle-mile” delivery routes between warehouses and distribution centers. Lightning’s fuel cell-powered Class 6 truck offered by Plug Power will be available in the third quarter of 2020. Lightning’s all-electric version of the… Read more »

Tesla greens up Berlin Gigafactory plans, hopes to start production in one year

Tesla is reworking plans for its Berlin-area Gigafactory to answer criticism from environmental groups, a local government official told Bloomberg. The EV trendsetter has faced concerns from locals about deforestation and water usage. In February, the company was forced to temporarily halt construction. New blueprints to be presented in the next couple of weeks will… Read more »

Electric Cessna Grand Caravan makes historic maiden flight

Magnix, a maker of electric powertrains for aircraft, collaborated with engineering and flight test specialist AeroTEC to test an electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that they claim is the largest all-electric aircraft yet flown. The 30-minute maiden flight, which took place at an airfield near Moses Lake, Washington, was “flawless,” according to the test pilot…. Read more »