The Vehicles

Electric GT Championship brings a modified Model S to the racetrack

Fans of electric racing have long wished for a chance to see what Tesla’s Model S can do on the track. In a few short months, they will get that chance, when the Electric GT (EGT) Championship kicks off with a double-header at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on November 25-26. The inaugural season is… Read more »

VW claims its upcoming EV will be $7,000 to $8,000 cheaper than Model 3

Volkswagen execs have been talking some smack about Tesla. “Anything Tesla can do, we can surpass,” CEO Herbert Diess said in May. VW is working on its first native EV (that is, the first one not adapted from an ICE vehicle), code-named the ID Concept, and it has released specs comparable to those of Tesla’s… Read more »

New survey finds Brits warming up to EVs 

Consumer awareness of EVs in the UK has grown significantly over the past few years. A 2014 government survey found little interest in going electric: 56 percent of those questioned hadn’t thought about buying an EV, 14 percent said they had decided against it, and 23 percent said nothing could ever convince them to buy… Read more »

Polestar to become Volvo’s electrified performance brand

Polestar, Volvo’s performance car subsidiary, is to be transformed into a new brand for electrified vehicles. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior VP of Design at Volvo, will assume the position of CEO at Polestar. “Thomas heading up the Polestar organization shows our commitment to establishing a truly differentiated stand-alone brand within the Volvo Car Group,” said Håkan… Read more »

Peugeot premium brand DS accelerates EV development with help from Formula E

Peugeot has announced that its premium brand, DS Automobiles, will accelerate the development of electrified cars. Starting with the new DS 7 Crossback, it plans to release a new hybrid or electric model every year. “DS is entering the electrified vehicles scene,” said DS Product and Development Director Eric Apode. “By 2025, more than a… Read more »

Park City Transit deploys six Proterra electric buses under battery-leasing arrangement

Park City Transit has deployed a battery-electric mass transit fleet that will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. A free transit service called the Electric Xpress will provide clean, quiet transportation to residents and tourists throughout the region’s ski resort community. Park City has one of the nation’s most ambitious climate targets – its goal… Read more »

Arcimoto, maker of 3-wheel EV, files for IPO

Arcimoto, the maker of a three-wheeled electric “Fun Utility Vehicle,” has filed an Offering Circular with the SEC for a potential future listing on NASDAQ. Oregon-based Arcimoto was founded in 2007 – the name means “Future I Drive.” The two-seater Arcimoto SRK is designed to deliver “the thrill of a motorcycle on every trip to… Read more »

UK environmental group calls for a better government plan to tackle air pollution

England’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has criticised the central government’s air quality plans for unfairly shifting the burden to local authorities. According to CIEH, the government has failed to recognise that poor air quality is a national issue, offloading responsibility onto local authorities, who are being set up for failure if proposed plans… Read more »

LeEco pulls out, but Aston Martin will still produce electric RapidE

In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it would work with Chinese tech company LeEco on the RapidE, an electric version of the Rapide four-door sports sedan. LeEco, facing a cash crunch, has pulled out of the project, but Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer told Reuters that his company will still produce the EV…. Read more »