The Vehicles

GM’s renamed Factory ZERO to be retooled for all-EV production

GM has given its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center a new role and a new name. The plant will henceforth be known as Factory ZERO, and will be retooled for the exclusive production of battery-electric vehicles. The new title is meant to evoke a future automotive world with zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion. There may… Read more »

BYD to deliver 106 electric buses to Finland

Electric bus maker BYD has secured its first order from Finland. Nobina, a bus transport group that operates throughout the Nordic region, has ordered 64 BYD e-buses for service in Helsinki and 42 for service in Turku. Nobina’s order for its Helsinki fleet includes 20 of BYD’s 40-foot low-floor models and 44 60-foot articulated models…. Read more »

Tesla Model 3 refresh adds more range and a few handy features

Continuous improvement is the name of the game at Tesla, so the appearance of a new and improved version of Model 3 is welcome news, but no great surprise. After days of rumors and sneak peeks, Tesla has officially added the refreshed Model 3 to its online configurator. The new version includes several innovations that… Read more »

Rental platform Fluid Truck orders 600 Lightning Electric trucks

Fluid Truck, a national truck rental platform, plans to add 600 Lightning Electric vehicles to its offerings, beginning in Q4 2020. Fluid Truck allows businesses to rent vehicles through the company’s web site or mobile app, and pick them up from locations in major cities across the US at any time. Fluid Truck’s 600-vehicle order… Read more »

Lucid Motors releases pricing, performance specs for its upcoming EV lineup

Lucid Motors has revealed more details about its upcoming Lucid Air model range. The base model, called the Lucid Air, starts at $77,400. It has a single-motor powertrain (an optional dual-motor, all-wheel drive configuration is also available) with 480 horsepower and a projected EPA range of 406 miles. All Lucid models feature a 900-volt electrical… Read more »

Electric powertrain provider XL Fleet to go public in billion-dollar SPAC deal

XL Fleet has developed a proprietary electrified powertrain platform that transforms fossil fuel-powered fleet vehicles into hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles as they are manufactured. XL’s systems are currently available on a variety of Class 2-6 vehicles manufactured by Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Isuzu, and the company is on track to provide its systems in… Read more »

Bangkok deploys a fleet of 27 electric passenger ferries

Energy Absolute is a major Thai electric utility that’s branching out into e-mobility. The company has developed a mid-market EV, and is planning a $3-billion battery factory. Now Energy Absolute has announced plans to deploy a fleet of 27 electric catamarans, which will operate as passenger ferries on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Bangkok… Read more »

Mercedes eCitaro G electric bus to be available with solid-state batteries

Scientists around the world are hard at work on solid-state batteries, which could offer significant technical and safety advantages over current lithium-ion designs. However, while micro-solid-state batteries are already in commercial use in some applications, most experts believe that large-scale automotive solid-state batteries are still years away from commercialization. Apparently, Mercedes didn’t get the memo,… Read more »

Amazon reveals first of Rivian electric delivery vans

Amazon is pursuing a multi-track strategy to electrify its delivery fleet. The company already operates hundreds of EVs worldwide, including e-cargo bikes in New York City and Europe. It plans to add 1,800 electric delivery vehicles to its European fleet this year, and 10,000 in India by 2025. The retail/delivery/IT conglomerate has ordered electric vans… Read more »

Tesla Model 3 logs 100,000 miles with little reported battery capacity loss

There are plenty of high-mileage Teslas on the road, but so far we’ve heard from few Model 3 owners who’ve passed the 100,000-mile mark. Kazi Imam is one driver who’s passed that milestone, and he recently told his story to Electrek. Imam logged 100,000 miles on his 2018 Model 3 Long Range in just over… Read more »