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The Vehicles

GM begins offering electrification components to commercial customers

General Motors has announced a new strategy to offer its EV technology to other vehicle-makers and commercial customers. The company estimates that the total addressable market for electrification components could reach $20 billion by 2030, as a growing number of industries introduce their own emissions reduction goals. “GM has an established strategy, network of integrators… Read more »

Hyundai ends new ICE development, suspends work on Genesis hydrogen vehicle

Legacy automakers’ increasing focus on EVs is welcome news, but as long as they continue to develop new internal combustion engine technology, their commitment to electrification can only be seen as tentative. Seen in this light, Hyundai’s recent decision to close its ICE development division (reported by the Korea Economic Daily) may be considered a… Read more »

FlixMobility and MTRWestern to launch Seattle-Eugene electric bus line

FlixMobility, a transit company that operates electric buses on several intercity routes in Europe, has teamed with motorcoach operator MTRWestern to explore the possibility of launching a new electric bus line in the Pacific Northwest. The planned FlixBus route will stop at Seattle, Portland, Corvallis and Eugene, and the companies hope to begin service sometime… Read more »

Stellantis to display several new EVs at CES in January

Stellantis, which manufactures cars under no less than 14 separate brands, will be showing off several new plug-in models at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, on January 5-8. “Electrification, with our 30 electrified models available including fuel cell vans, connectivity and autonomy are all important facets of [the] future, but each cannot stand alone,” said… Read more »

Deutsche Bahn orders 44 Stadler battery-electric trains

DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn which operates regional and commuter train services in Germany, has ordered 44 battery-electric Flirt Akku multiple units from Swiss manufacturer Stadler. The first of the 44 multiple units are to go into passenger service on eight routes in the Pfalz region December 2025, and the diesel trains currently… Read more »

EPA’s new emissions rules—the best EV news from Washington in years

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a set of new auto emissions standards, which the New York Times calls “the most significant climate action taken to date by the Biden administration, and [the] highest level ever set for fuel economy.” The story so far: In 2017, major automakers asked the incoming US president to… Read more »

Cummins releases new electric powertrain for terminal tractors

Big engine specialist Cummins has released the new PowerDrive 8000 system for terminal tractors. Cummins will begin field tests of the new product with Kalmar, one of Cummins’ lead customers, in early 2022, and the two companies will partner to offer battery-electric terminal tractors globally. Terminal tractors (aka drayage tractors or yard goats) are ideal… Read more »

Volkswagen to add Plug & Charge, bidirectional charging to all ID. models

The Volkswagen Group has announced a package of charging-related initiatives under the brand name We Charge, which will include new charging solutions for home and mobile charging, new functions in the ID. Models and, “soon,” bidirectional charging. “Charging must become simpler and easier to integrate into daily activities,” says e-mobility marketing head Silke Bagschik. “With… Read more »

New York City orders hundreds of Tesla Model 3s for municipal fleet

In October, New York City announced a new investment of $75 million in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as part of a plan to transition its entire vehicle fleet to EVs. The current phase of the plan includes purchasing 300 EVs to replace fossil fuel-powered models. Now Tesmanian reports that this will include hundreds of… Read more »