The Vehicles

2020 Chevy Bolt to offer 259 miles of range

Starting with model year 2020, the Chevy Bolt will offer an EPA-estimated range of 259 miles, a 21-mile increase over previous model years. Chevy says its battery engineering team improved the cell electrodes by making small changes to the cell chemistry, which allowed them to increase the vehicle range without needing to change the physical… Read more »

China grants Tesla a sales tax exemption for its vehicles

The Chinese government has added Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3 to a list of EVs that qualify for exemptions to the country’s 10% vehicle sales tax. No reason was offered for the move, which took China-watchers by surprise. Imported vehicles are generally not eligible for the exemption. As fate would have it,… Read more »

School districts have ordered more than 100 Blue Bird electric buses

School districts have ordered more than 100 Blue Bird electric buses. The buses are currently operating in California, North Dakota, and Washington. Blue Bird will deliver additional buses to California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, and Quebec by 2020. Powered by Cummins electric drivetrains, Blue Bird electric school buses are capable of 120 miles of… Read more »

Chinese EV startup NIO to cut 1,200 staff

Chinese EV maker NIO plans to reduce its workforce by at least 1,200 by the end of September, CEO Li Bin revealed in an internal e-mail (as reported by Gasgoo). Bin said NIO will retain roughly 7,500 staff after the cut. The layoffs are part of the company’s recent efforts to control cost, improve operation… Read more »

30 Solaris electric buses coming to the islands of Venice

Venice, Italy’s transit operator, ACTV SPA Venezia, has ordered 30 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses, nine fast pantograph chargers, six fixed plug-in chargers, and a mobile plug-in charger. The buses will be deployed on the islands of Lido and Pellestrina, replacing all of the diesel buses currently in use on the islands. ACTV SPA Venezia… Read more »

EFG launches 150,000-mile extended warranty exclusively for EVs

Warranty provider EFG Companies has launched a new extended warranty specifically for EV owners, which it calls the Motorist Assistance Plan (MAP) EV Protection. The Texas-based company says it designed this new exclusionary vehicle service contract to both meet the needs of EV owners and help dealers diversify their revenue streams through the Finance &… Read more »

Electrify America wants consumers to understand that EVs are Normal Now

Electrify America is more than just a charging network – it also has a mission to increase consumer awareness and acceptance of EVs. The company’s new marketing campaign, titled Normal Now, uses humorous ads across several media (online videos, streaming TV ads, digital banner ads, social media ads, paid search and podcasts) to deliver the… Read more »

Quantum Air orders 26 electric airplanes from Bye Aerospace

Air taxi operator Quantum Air has purchased 26 electric planes from Bye Aerospace, including 22 all-electric four-seat eFlyer 4s and 2 two-seat eFlyer 2s. Bye Aerospace will also deliver two future aircraft models currently under development. Bye aims to be the first FAA-certified all-electric plane in use for general aviation and flight training. In July,… Read more »

Daimler to deliver first eCascadia electric heavy-duty trucks

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has built the first two Class 8 electric Freightliner eCascadias. The heavy-duty trucks will join Freightliner’s 30-vehicle Electric Innovation Fleet. The 38 members of Freightliner’s Electric Vehicle Council will offer feedback on the trucks during real-world operations, which will help inform the final production of the eCascadia and the medium-duty… Read more »