The Vehicles

Florida could spend $166 million from VW Dirty Diesel settlement on more diesel buses

Volkswagen has agreed to hand over a pot of money to atone for its dastardly diesel deeds. One part of that pot – almost $3 billion – will be divided among US states, for them to spend as they choose, presumably on projects that will reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. Florida’s share of the… Read more »

Lightning Systems takes its electric Ford Transit on a road show

Lightning Systems is taking its new LightningElectric Ford Transit on the road. From the company’s headquarters in Loveland, Colorado, one touring company will go west to California, with stops in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles, ending up at the at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach. Another will… Read more »

Protean Electric and LM Industries partner to develop self-driving EVs

In-wheel electric drive specialist Protean Electric has formed a strategic partnership with LM Industries, the creator of the Olli self-driving electric shuttle. The two companies’ partnership will initially focus on providing the eDrive system for Olli, then expand into developing new technologies to accelerate future autonomous and transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) vehicle production. “Open platforms are a… Read more »

New report: Some electric buses are already cheaper to run than legacy buses

If you talk to manufacturers of electric buses, such as Proterra and BYD, they’ll tell you that their lower fuel and maintenance costs make them a no-brainer for transit agencies. However, a new report jointly released by the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative and Bloomberg New Energy Finance paints a more cautiously optimistic picture. According to… Read more »

EXOMO electrifies recreational aviation with electric paramotor

Yet another type of vehicle that’s going electric: the paramotor (a motor worn on a pilot’s back to power a paraglider). EXOMO, a collaboration between French paramotor school Aeronature and aeronautics specialist Aero Composites Saintonge (which made the E-Fan demonstrator for the Airbus Group), has introduced the Integral, a new design for electric paramotors that… Read more »

New York awards 5,750 plug-in rebates in first year of Drive Clean Rebate Program

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that over 5,750 consumers have received plug-in vehicle purchase rebates since the state’s Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for eligible vehicles. The program has paid out more than $7.5 million in rebates to… Read more »

Nissan starts LEAF battery exchange program in Japan

Starting in May, Japanese LEAF owners will be able to exchange their old batteries for refurbished ones. Nissan will initially offer 24 kWh refabricated batteries for ¥300,000 ($2,853) each. Prices for brand-new replacement batteries range from $6,182 for a 24 kWh battery to $7,800 for the 40 kWh version. Nissan is using the battery-rebuilding capabilities… Read more »

Costa Rican government deploys fleet of Mitsubishi plug-in vehicles

The government of Japan has delivered a fleet of 20 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and 29 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to the government of Costa Rica, as part of the Overseas Development Agreement between the two countries. The new vehicles will be used by 15 government agencies and universities. Costa Rica is a land of rugged terrain and… Read more »