The Vehicles

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 »

New Eagle and Inventev demonstrating electric Ford Transit van in Detroit

Two Michigan companies, New Eagle and Inventev, have teamed up to convert full-size commercial vans to electric drive. They are demonstrating a fully electric Ford Transit van at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production and sale of the vehicles is scheduled to begin in early 2018. New Eagle will provide the core… Read more »

Seattle transit authority to order 73 Proterra buses, will acquire 120 electric buses by 2020

King County Metro Transit, which serves metro Seattle, has announced plans to acquire 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. Up to 73 of these will be ordered from Proterra, at a cost of up to $55 million. Eight of the buses are to go into service this year, and 12 more in 2019. In a pilot… Read more »

Bolloré launches BlueLA electric car sharing service in Los Angeles

The Bolloré Group, which operates all-electric car sharing services in Indianapolis and several European cities, plans to expand to Los Angeles. The new BlueLA service is scheduled to open in 2017. It will start off with 200 public charging points and 100 EVs. No details are on offer at this time, so we don’t know… Read more »

More Gigafactory details: world’s largest rooftop solar array

At a recent event for investors, Tesla revealed some tantalizing details about its Nevada factory, which is now producing battery cells. The company is now calling the massive manufactory Gigafactory 1 (GF1), a hint of hopes to build similar facilities in Europe and/or China. Tesla has long planned to make this a fossil fuel-free facility…. Read more »

Irizar e-mobility lands contract for 18 articulated electric buses

Irizar e-mobility, the newly formed electromobility division of Basque coach builder the Irizar Group, has won a contract with a French transit authority to provide 18 of its i2e 18-meter articulated electric buses, together with charging infrastructure. The Agglomeration of the Basque-Adour Coast in France plans to create two completely electric lines, featuring dedicated bus… Read more »

After owner outcry, Tesla reverses decision to limit Model S Launch Mode

Many Tesla owners rave (in a good way) about the over-the-air software updates that the company uses to add new features or fix bugs. However, some were less pleased when Tesla used over-the-air capability to limit an existing feature called Launch Mode. Launch Mode is an electronic system that helps the driver to achieve maximum… Read more »

Romania’s new government to increase EV purchase incentive to 10,000 euros

  Romania’s Social Democratic Party plans to extend the existing Rabla program of EV incentives to 2020, and increase the value of the purchase incentive to 10,000 euros for each EV. The Rabla program, which was launched last year, currently provides vouchers worth 1,100 euros for the purchase of a hybrid and up to 6,000… Read more »

German Environment Minister prefers a Model S

It’s not unusual for government officials to drive EVs. Elected officials in Norway, Switzerland, the US and several other countries proudly drive on electrons. Even the USA’s Climate Change Denier-in-Chief reportedly owns a Model S. However, when the Environment Minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia bought a Tesla Model S as his official… Read more »