The Vehicles

The auto industry is finally advertising its EVs

Over the past few years, we in the EV media have been highly critical of automakers for failing to advertise their EVs (and then claiming that there’s no consumer demand for them). So it’s only fair that we praise them now that they’re starting to release some pro-EV ad spots. Several TV campaigns have referred… Read more »

BYD electric garbage truck now servicing Seattle

BYD, a US-based manufacturer of commercial electric trucks, has delivered an all-electric refuse truck for use in Seattle, Washington. BYD says it’s the first electric Class-8 rear loader in the US. The vehicle features BYD’s 8R Class-8 truck fitted with refuse equipment maker New Way’s Viper Rear Loader refuse body. The vehicle is now in… Read more »

Kraft Heinz adopts electric terminal trucks at Ohio distribution center

Food company Kraft Heinz has replaced five diesel terminal trucks with EVs at its distribution centre in Groveport, Ohio. The Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks will be operated by Firefly Transportation Services. “This decision by Kraft Heinz demonstrates thoughtful mitigation of the extremely high operational, economic, and environmental costs of using diesel trucks,” said… Read more »

Lightning Systems introduces new Ford Transit powertrain with 20% more range than predecessor

Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based developer of electric drivetrains for commercial fleets, has introduced a Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit with 20% greater range and a higher top speed. The Lightning Electric Ford Transit is a battery-electric drivetrain for the Ford Transit 350HD. Thanks to new thermally-managed lithium nickel… Read more »

High-capacity EVs push global battery capacity up 94% from last year

In March 2019, 9.76 GWh of passenger EV battery capacity was deployed globally, an increase of 94% year-over-year, according to Adamas Intelligence’s monthly report “EV Battery Capacity Monthly.” Adamas says this increase in battery capacity is especially remarkable considering that global EV sales increased by a mere 25% over the same period, showing that a… Read more »

Hyundai Motor Group will invest $85.6 million in Rimac

Hyundai Motor Group announced it will partner with Croatian car manufacturer Rimac to develop a prototype of an electrified Hyundai N-brand concept car and high-performance EV. The partnership will entail a combined $85.6 million investment from Hyundai and Kia. Euisun Chung, Hyundai Executive Vice Chairman, said, “Rimac is an innovative company with outstanding capabilities in… Read more »

NASA awards researchers $6 million to develop fuel cell aircraft

NASA has awarded a team from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign $6 million to support research into an electric aircraft. The team will research the use of liquid hydrogen in fuel cells to power an aircraft propulsion system. They also intend to develop a design concept integrating superconducting electrical components into an aircraft that is… Read more »

Anaheim Transportation Network orders 40 BYD e-buses for area around Disneyland

Anaheim Transportation Network, a non-profit that operates shuttles around Disneyland and other local tourist sites in Anaheim, has ordered 40 additional e-buses from BYD, which has a manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. Half of the order will be for 40-foot BYD K9M buses. The remainder of the buses will range in size from 30 feet… Read more »

China dominates global electric bus market, but US builders still have a tech edge

As regular Charged readers know, dozens of cities in North America and Europe (and a couple in South America) are gradually adding electric buses to their fleets. But Western transit agencies are doing small-scale pilots. New York City’s MTA has 10 fully electric buses in service, and another 15 on order, out of a total… Read more »