The Vehicles

Polish city orders 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses

The city of Gdynia in Poland has ordered 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses from the Polish firm Solaris Bus & Coach, at a total cost of around $28 million. In addition to traditional trolleybus drivelines, which draw power from overhead wires, the new Solaris buses will be fitted with batteries that enable driving off the traction line…. Read more »

Tesla’s Model S and X Program Manager moves to Volkswagen

Volkswagen has appointed former Tesla exec Matthew Renna as Vice President, North American Region G4. Renna will manage VW’s “NAR-G4” team, overseeing the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), the automaker’s modular EV platform. His responsibilities will include “product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch, and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.”… Read more »

Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery van coming to San Francisco

Commercial EV-maker Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) is deploying a fleet of its electric N-GEN cargo vans in the San Francisco Bay area, in partnership with Ryder System, Workhorse’s exclusive maintenance provider. To commemorate the launch, Workhorse will display the N-GEN at City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 28. Designed from the ground up… Read more »

Tesla stock tanks on Autopilot accident, bounces back on better Model 3 production numbers

Tesla’s high-flying stock lost some substantial altitude over the past few days, as a number of negative news items hit the wires. The stage was set by the growing realization that the company isn’t likely to reach its Model 3 production target of 2,500 units per week any time soon. Then a fatal Model X… Read more »

JCB electric digger gets the job done with no noise and no emissions

In response to customer demands for a yellow machine that can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas, UK-based heavy equipment manufacturer JCB has developed its first electric excavator (a “digger” to our British mates). The 19C-1 E-Tec mini-excavator not only delivers zero emissions, it is five times quieter than its diesel-powered… Read more »

Fourth London bus route goes electric with Alexander Dennis/BYD e-buses

London’s world-famous red buses are steadily going electric. Route 153 serves many of the City of London’s most congested streets, between Finsbury Park in the north and Moorgate in the heart of the financial district. This route will be the fourth in the capital to go fully electric, with a new fleet consisting of eleven… Read more »

Ontario adds price cap to EV incentive program

The Canadian province of Ontario has made changes to its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP), which has been renamed the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program: Incentives of up to $14,000 Canadian ($11,000 US) will be provided for eligible hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Incentives for EVs and PHEVs are now determined based on each vehicle’s… Read more »

DOE selects Efficient Drivetrains to provide drivetrains for electric school buses

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has been selected as the electric drivetrain provider for a $4.4-million DOE program that aims to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. School buses are the largest mass transit segment in the country, carrying twice the number of passengers as the entire US transit and rail segments. As part of… Read more »