The Vehicles

Netherlands takes “largest order” title with 259 BYD e-buses

The record for “largest order of electric buses in Europe” is proving to be a rapidly moving target. In November, Volvo sold 157 e-buses to a French public transit operator, and proclaimed that this order was the largest in Europe to date. Now Keolis, a private public transport operator that manages bus and metro systems… Read more »

VW hires EV West to retrofit e-Golf powertrain to Type 2 Bus

VW of America recently commissioned California-based EV conversion specialist EV West to construct an electrified VW Type 2 Bus to showcase the company’s e-Golf powertrain. The stock powertrain and 35.8 kWh battery system from the donor 2017 e-Golf gives the e-Bus an approximate range of 125 miles. The powertrain will reside in the rear compartment… Read more »

Volkswagen motorsport goes electric

Volkswagen is by far the most charged of the legacy automakers. In November, the company announced that it would increase its planned investment in electrification. Now the German giant says it will revamp its motorsport programs to focus on electric mobility. From now on, the emphasis will be on fully electric racing cars, and ICE… Read more »

GM and LG Chem to build battery cell plant in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors and LG Chem have announced plans to establish a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield site in the Lordstown area of Northeast Ohio. The companies will invest up to $2.3 billion in the facility through a new joint venture. The new factory will eventually provide batteries for GM’s electric pickup truck, expected… Read more »

UK proposes to zero out tax rate on electric company cars

In the UK, a company car is a common perk for salaried employees. According to Electric Vehicle Charging Point Quotes, an agency that helps EV drivers set up charging stations, there are around a million company car drivers in the UK, and this number has been stable for many years. These cars aren’t exactly free… Read more »

Tesla Cybertruck may be more aerodynamic than expected – Elon Musk says it could deliver a 0.30 Cd

Once they got over the smashed windows, the next thing many of the Cybertruck’s detractors focused on was its unconventional boxy shape. At first glance, the vehicle surely looks un-aerodynamic, which would be a serious drawback for any EV. However, as more information emerges, it turns out that the Cybertruck’s angular form might be almost… Read more »

Seven new EVs to be launched in Indian market in 2020

Most of the EV headlines tend to focus on California, China and Europe, but the electromobility revolution is quietly gathering momentum in India, a potentially enormous market where the government has proposed substantial EV incentives. At the 2020 Auto Expo, which is to be held in February in Greater Noida, no less than seven new… Read more »

Rivian to provide skateboard chassis for electric Lincoln SUV

Last November, Rivian turned heads with its prototype pickup and SUV. Among those impressed was Ford, which invested $500 million in the EV startup and said it would use Rivian’s custom “skateboard” chassis, which includes electric motors, batteries, controls and suspension, to develop its own EV. Now Ford has announced that its first skateboard vehicle… Read more »