The Vehicles

BYD and Wayne Engineering demonstrate electric refuse truck for City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN) has completed a demonstration project using a Class 6 battery-electric refuse truck developed by BYD and Wayne Engineering. During the four-month pilot, the truck logged over 5,200 miles, and achieved an average range of 99 miles. Operating on the same routes and variable terrain as LASAN’s regular trucks, the e-garbage truck… Read more »

New report finds shared mobility essential for realizing full benefits of electrification and automation

The coming generation of electric, autonomous vehicles promises to make transportation safer, more convenient and greener. However, these benefits won’t be fully realized unless users make the transition from private car ownership to a shared mobility model. That’s the conclusion of a new report, “Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation,” from a team at the University… Read more »

California and China sign agreement to cooperate on green tech

As the US federal government abandons support for green technology, states are taking matters into their own hands. California Governor Edmund Brown recently traveled to China to sign an agreement to deepen cooperation on the development of green tech. The Governor met with President Xi Jinping as well as the country’s Minister of Science and… Read more »

Eight of the top 10 cars sold in Norway are electrified

If you’re wondering how quickly EVs could take over from legacy vehicles, you might look at early adopter Norway, where plug-ins now represent 33% of all auto sales. Of the top 10 cars sold in the country in May, only two were non-electrified models. The Norwegian plug-in market continued its steady rise in May, growing… Read more »

Honda to lease 2017 Clarity Electric for $269 a month

Honda’s Clarity Electric sedan is scheduled to arrive at select dealerships in California and Oregon in August. The company has announced an introductory 36-month lease offer of $269 a month (plus tax), which includes 20,000 miles per year. The Clarity Electric sports a 161 hp (120 kW) electric motor that produces 221 lb-ft (300 N·m)… Read more »

BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in electric bus company Proterra

Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has closed a Series 6 round of funding, raising $55 million from various investors, including BMW i Ventures. Proterra will use the new money to increase production at its manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and Los Angeles, and to boost R&D efforts at company headquarters in Silicon Valley. For BMW i… Read more »

Chinese automaker Sokon Industry Group establishes US-based EV brand, SF Motors

Chinese manufacturer Sokon Industry Group, which produces multi-purpose vehicles as well as engines and other automotive components, has established a US-based headquarters in Silicon Valley. The company is launching an EV brand called SF Motors, which it promises to unveil in further detail in the coming months. The company has also established an R&D center… Read more »