The Vehicles

Tesla delivers first 4 of 100 Model 3s to German EV rental company

German EV rental company nextmove, Tesla’s largest customer in Germany, plans to add 100 Model 3s to its fleet this year. The company recently took delivery of the first four units of the new sedan (the Performance version) at Tesla’s facility in Berlin. nextmove’s mission is to make EVs accessible to as many people as… Read more »

State of Washington considers bill mandating EVs in public fleets

A bill now moving through the Washington legislature, HB 1832, would require state and local governments to purchase exclusively EVs for their fleets by 2027. The bill would pertain to state agencies, public colleges and universities, counties, cities, and special-purpose districts. “Washington has had a law on the books since 2007 calling for electric fleet… Read more »

Daimler and BMW to invest a billion euros in ride-hailing JV to compete with Uber

The combination of autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services is expected to be an extraordinarily disruptive development. Someday, providers of Transportation as a Service (TaaS) could be sitting atop the value chain, while traditional automakers end up as producers of a commodity product. Automakers aren’t sitting idly by and waiting for the market to develop. Just… Read more »

Wärtsilä to deliver hybrid retrofit for short-sea shipping vessel

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with shipping company Hagland Shipping to provide a hybrid retrofit installation onboard the Hagland Captain cargo vessel. Wärtsilä’s hybrid system is built around an integrated module that combines engines, batteries, power electronics, and an energy management system (EMS). The hybrid system for the Hagland Captain will also include… Read more »

Tallahassee to purchase 22 electric buses to service Florida State University

The city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, StarMetro, has agreed to purchase 22 electric transit buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer of electric transit buses, to service Florida State University (FSU). The 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses bring StarMetro’s electric fleet up to 27 buses. The 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC buses will serve FSU’s Seminole Express… Read more »

Nikola announces battery-electric semi will join fuel cells in its lineup

Nikola Motor Company, which has been developing fuel cell trucks, recently announced that it also intends to offer some battery-electric models. The Nikola Two and Nikola Tre (European version) will be available in BEV versions, while the biggest truck in the lineup, Nikola One, will remain FCV only. The company plans to present the new… Read more »

Rivian secures $700 million in new investment round led by Amazon

Amazon will lead a $700-million investment round in EV startup Rivian Automotive. Also investing in this round is Rivian’s long-term investment partner, Saudi auto distributor Abdul Latif Jameel. Although it was reported earlier that GM was also in talks with Rivian, the automaker is not involved in this round. Rivian has been raising eyebrows since… Read more »

Motiv delivers first of seven electric step vans to USPS

Automotive provider Motiv Power Systems has delivered the first of seven electric step vans to the US Postal Service. The Ford E-450-based vans will serve a year-long pilot program in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle will serve routes in Fresno, and the rest with be deployed in both Fresno and Stockton. The step vans… Read more »

Meritor hopes to put 130 heavy-duty electric trucks on the road by 2020

Auto parts manufacturer Meritor has announced it has 22 electrification programs with OEMs, and expects to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road by the end of 2020. Among the 130 commercial vehicles, 60 received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort… Read more »

Formula E announces new off-road electric racing series: Extreme E

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and motorsport veteran Gil de Ferran have launched a new all-electric off-road racing series. Extreme E, which will kick off in January 2021, will see electric SUVs racing off-road in five extreme environments around the globe. The Extreme E races will take place at off-road stages in the Arctic, the… Read more »