The Vehicles

Blue Bird’s electric school buses now have V2G capability

Since it introduced electric school buses in 2018, the iconic yellow bus manufacturer Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD), has seen a surge in demand. The majority of its e-buses have been sold in California, but they have been deployed all over the US. “With districts able to obtain grants and other financial assistance, [some] locations that… Read more »

Honda ditches diesels, plans to phase out gas-only cars in Europe in 2022

Honda has long been considered an electromobility laggard, but tightening emissions regulations in Europe are forcing its hand. According to The Times, Honda has brought its previously-announced 2025 deadline for phasing out non-hybrid cars in the European market forward by three years. “Honda has accelerated its plans for all its European mainstream car models to… Read more »

Canadian and Ontarian governments invest $590 million to retool Ford plant for EV production

The governments of Ontario and Canada have announced that each will invest $295 million to help Ford upgrade its assembly plant in Oakville to start producing EVs. The grant was agreed to as part of last month’s $1.8-billion deal between Ford and the Canadian trade union Unifor. Ford plans to produce five new electric car… Read more »

EV West unveils Tesla crate motor for EV conversion projects

EV conversion one-stop shop EV West has announced a new Tesla crate motor kit designed to convert V8 muscle cars to EVs. The drop-in package consists of a complete Tesla drive unit, including inverter and mounting brackets. “Our new Revolt Tesla crate motor mounts to your small block motor mounts and attaches directly to your… Read more »

Will New Jersey be the next state to propose an ICE vehicle ban?

California has long been an e-mobility trendsetter. Will the state’s recent move to set a date for the end of ICE sales spur other US states to do the same? New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released an official “road map” to achieve the state’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by… Read more »

New book tells the story of Tesla from its founding to the present

Tesla constantly works to make its products better, and the fertile mind of Elon Musk is constantly coming up with ideas for new products, new features and sometime even whole new companies. Furthermore, it sometimes seems that marketing-savvy Tesla shuffles things around just to keep its name in the headlines. All this makes the California… Read more »

Lordstown finalizes SPAC deal, starts trading on NASDAQ

Lordstown Motors has completed its business combination with DiamondPeak Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). For those of you who haven’t been following the EV “stock market frenzy,” a merger with a SPAC is the currently fashionable way for a startup company to go public—it’s quicker and involves less paperwork than the traditional IPO…. Read more »

The monster that wouldn’t die—varied reactions to GM’s electric Hummer unveil

EV fans tend to be divided into two groups: Greenies and Car Guys, and reaction to GM’s upcoming Hummer EV has, unsurprisingly, been divided along those lines. Hummer good Most of the media is ecstatic over the new machine. Many are praising its “bad-ass” looks (GM says it wanted to make it look “less military”… Read more »

Xpeng’s G3 electric SUV is on its way to Norway

Chinese automakers have long dreamed of the day they would start exporting vehicles to Europe (and North America) in volume. Thanks to the Continent’s burgeoning interest in EVs, that day may be at hand. As Tom Moloughney reports in InsideEVs, the first 100 Xpeng G3s are now aboard a ship, en route to Norway, the… Read more »

Renault unveils Mégane eVision e-hatchback and budget-priced Dacia Spring Electric

At a recent press event (virtual of course), Renault unveiled a sleek new electric hatchback and an inexpensive new EV under the Dacia brand. The Renault Mégane eVision, built on the new modular CMF-EV platform, will serve as the basis of a production EV to be launched next year. Its front-wheel drive powertrain features a… Read more »