The Vehicles

Workhorse orders 500 more electric powertrain systems from TM4

Powertrain provider TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has received a new purchase order from Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) for 500 SUMO MD powertrain systems, following last year’s order of 150 systems. Workhorse will install the powertrains in its E-GEN and E-100 delivery trucks, destined for such customers as UPS and FedEx Express. The Workhorse E-100… Read more »

Plug-in vehicles in China: 181,000 units sold in first half of 2017

China continues to be by far the world’s largest market for plug-in vehicles, or new energy vehicles (NEVs) as they are called there. In the first half of 2017, 181,200 plug-in passenger cars were delivered, almost exactly double the number sold in the US in the same period (89,256, according to InsideEVs). Reductions in central… Read more »

Faraday Future leases new California factory

Faraday Future (FF) has signed a lease on a new manufacturing facility, and begun preparing the site for the installation of manufacturing equipment. The million-square-foot facility is in Hanford, California, strategically located between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The current tenants will move out in late November, and FF… Read more »

Mazda exec reiterates lack of interest in EVs

Mazda is one of the few major automakers that currently makes no plug-in vehicles, although it has indicated that it would offer an EV in 2019 to meet ZEV regulations. A Mazda exec defended the company’s status-quo strategy at a recent Michigan trade group convention, saying that the “impending death of the internal combustion engine… Read more »

China Yuchai delivers 76 diesel PHEV buses to Shenzhen transport operator

China Yuchai has delivered 76 diesel plug-in hybrid buses to Siweimei Motor Transport, a provider of private group transport in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. This is Siweimei’s second large order of plug-in buses – it purchased 110 units at the end of 2016. The buses’ powertrain includes Guangxi Yuchai Machinery’s YC6A270-50 7.26-liter diesel engine…. Read more »

Renault Nissan Alliance cumulative plug-in sales nearing half a million

Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles by the Renault Nissan Alliance (which also includes Mitsubishi and Dacia) reached 481,151 units in the first half of 2017. The top sellers are the Nissan LEAF and the Renault Zoe, which remains the top EV sold in Europe, followed by Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. Sales of the PHEV versions of the… Read more »

Indian truck builder developing battery swapping system for electric buses

Ashok Leyland, India’s second-largest truck-maker, has announced a partnership with startup SUN Mobility to develop a battery swapping system for electric buses. The initial focus will be on city transit buses, followed by smaller delivery trucks, inter-city buses and long-haul trucks, Ashok Leyland CEO Vinod K Dasari told The Mint. SUN Mobility is led by… Read more »

Scandinavian plug-in sales continue to set records

Those Vikings are going electric with a vengeance. June was the best-selling month ever for plug-in vehicles in the Nordic countries. In the second quarter of 2017, 18,777 EVs and PHEVs were sold, bring the total number of plug-in vehicles in the region to 199,815. In Sweden, Finland and Denmark, the PHEV is the preferred… Read more »

Daimler starts European production of Fuso eCanter electric light-duty truck

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has started production of the Fuso eCanter electric light-duty truck in Tramagal, Portugal. Production of the eCanter in Japan began in July. The Fuso eCanter is produced on the same production line as the legacy Canter truck at the Tramagal plant – the electric powertrain components are installed… Read more »