The Vehicles

BYD is the front-runner to supply 50 electric buses in Argentina

Argentina’s Ministry of Environment plans to support the purchase of 50 electric buses as a pilot project in several cities throughout the country, and has recommended Chinese EV-builder BYD as the vendor. A bid evaluation committee chose BYD from a pool of five bidders on the strength of its 12-meter electric bus, which is already… Read more »

UC Irvine orders 20 BYD buses, converts fleet to all-electric

The University of California, Irvine has ordered 20 buses from BYD for $15 million. The e-buses will make the student-funded and -operated Anteater Express shuttle service 100% emission-free. The vehicles are being built at the company’s Lancaster, California plant. A survey of students last year found that, of an array of transportation options, the top… Read more »

Audi plans 5 more e-tron models for China

Audi and its Chinese partner the FAW Group have crafted a new strategic growth plan that calls for expanding the line-up of models produced in China, including electrified vehicles. In the next five years, Audi and FAW plan to produce five additional e-tron models for the Chinese market, including pure EVs with ranges of more… Read more »

New Flyer electric bus deliveries increased by 48% in 2016

New Flyer is one of North America’s largest bus builders, and zero-emission buses (ZEBs) are a growing part of its business. In 2016, the company delivered 213 “equivalent units” as zero-emission buses (one standard transit bus or motor coach equals one equivalent unit, one articulated bus equals two). This represents 8.3% of New Flyer’s total… Read more »

McKinsey survey finds EV awareness increasing, suggests strategies for OEMs to electrify

As the EV scene heats up, we’re starting to see a steady stream of studies and surveys analyzing the growing market. Assessments of consumers’ EV awareness vary considerably, and predictions for the future are all over the map. A recent report by investment analyst Goldman Sachs sees big changes ahead for the auto industry, but… Read more »

Global warming impact of Chrysler PHEV is 31% less than that of previous minivan

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in hybrid has a life-cycle global warming impact that’s 31% less than that of the previous-generation minivan, and 24% less than its 2017 gas-powered stablemate, according to an analysis by Fiat Chrysler (FCA). FCA’s engineers used an industry-standard software tool that determines Global Warming Potential (GWP), considering not only fuel… Read more »

Is Panasonic’s new head-up display a preview of Tesla’s Model 3?

Tesla has redefined many aspects of automobiles, and the user interface is one obvious example. The large touchscreen in current Teslas is the most advanced UI on the roads, and many are wondering if the company will take things a step further with Model 3. We already know that Model 3 has no traditional instrument… Read more »

California fleets can buy new electric trucks for less than Tier 4 diesels

Heavy-duty electric truck builder Orange EV has announced that all of its on-road truck configurations are now eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), which means that fleet buyers in California can purchase a new pure electric terminal truck for less than the cost of a new Tier 4… Read more »

NHTSA finds Tesla not at fault in fatal Autopilot crash

It was a tragic milestone: last May, Joshua Brown, “a friend to Tesla and the broader EV community,” became the first person to die in a crash that occurred while his Model S was in Autopilot mode. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) made a full investigation into the circumstances of the accident, and… Read more »

New survey: 60% of Americans still know little about EVs

The electromobility revolution is gathering speed, but most of the public is still unaware of what’s going on. A recent survey of 2,557 Americans by Altman Vilandrie & Company found limited awareness of EVs. About 60 percent of respondents picked the multiple-choice answers “I’ve never heard of electric vehicles” or “I’ve heard of electric vehicles… Read more »