The Vehicles

New front in the war against EVs: ferreting out erroneous tax credit claims

Governments often use selective law enforcement to blunt the effects of unwanted policies instituted by previous administrations. Is this what’s going on with an audit of federal EV tax credit claims? The Wall Street Journal reports that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), an arm of the Treasury Department and thus of the… Read more »

Dyson drops out of the EV race

The commercialization of new technologies often follows a trajectory that looks something like this: a startup brings the new tech to market, surprising everyone and catapulting the company to corporate stardom; industry incumbents realize they need to embrace the new tech, but find themselves unable to do so, thanks to the pesky Innovator’s Dilemma; other… Read more »

Tesla non-pickup truck to be revealed in November

Tesla’s pickup truck is surely the most eagerly-awaited new vehicle since…well, Tesla’s last vehicle. Pickups are the biggest segment of the US auto market, and electrifying them will be a major, and necessary, turning point for EV adoption. Ford, GM and startup Rivian all have electric pickups in various stages of development, but Tesla is… Read more »

BYD’s articulated e-bus passes Altoona test, now eligible for FTA funding

The K11M, BYD’s 60-foot electric articulated transit bus, has passed durability road testing under the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) new Pass/Fail guidelines at the Model Bus Testing Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is the first electric transit bus of its size to complete the full 15,000-mile durability test. Once Altoona and the FTA finalize the… Read more »

Frito-Lay manufacturing site to deploy electric trucks from Tesla, Peterbilt, BYD

Frito-Lay plans to make its Modesto, California manufacturing site, one of the company’s largest in the US, a “near zero-emission freight facility.” A grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (aka Valley Air) will cover half of the $30.8-million cost of the project. Frito-Lay will replace all its existing diesel-powered freight equipment… Read more »

Tesla’s acquisition of battery manufacturer Hibar points to new plans to build battery cells

Tesla has quietly acquired Ontario-based Hibar Systems, which specializes in battery manufacturing. The California carmaker has made no official announcement, but Electric Autonomy Canada learned from federal lobby registration documents that Hibar became a subsidiary of Tesla sometime between July and October. Hibar Systems was founded in the early 1970s to make small cell batteries,… Read more »

New report: 33% of buses will be electric by 2030

E-buses will make up nearly 33 percent of all buses worldwide by 2030, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. The Electric Buses report finds that China will continue to be the global leader in e-bus sales, maintaining 74 percent of the market share by 2030, while North America and Europe will make up… Read more »

Unions fear electrification will vaporize their jobs

As the legacy automakers finally begin to get serious about electrification, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the accelerating transition will result in a major restructuring of the industry, which seems likely to include substantial job losses. As a recent Bloomberg article reports, fear of the electric future is an underlying reason for the United Auto… Read more »

JFK Airport Terminal 5 installs 38 charging hubs, will electrify ground equipment

Airport ground support equipment – fuel trucks, tugs, container loaders, catering vehicles, etc – is a prime candidate for electrification, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has taken a major step in this direction. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a switch to electric ground service equipment at JFK’s Terminal 5. The… Read more »