The Vehicles

Alexander Dennis launches double-deck hybrid bus with extended electric range

British bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis has launched the Enviro400ER Electric Range, a double-deck hybrid bus that can run up to three miles in electric mode. Built in partnership with BAE Systems, the Enviro400ER’s lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery has a capacity of 32 kWh. Arthur Whiteside, Managing Director of UK Sales at Alexander… Read more »

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China approved for production, robots moving in

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai has received its first “comprehensive acceptance certificate,” a necessary permit from the government to begin operations, China’s Global Times reported. Both bureaucracy and construction are moving at record speed – the certificate was approved within 3 days, and a mere 7 months after construction began, Tesla is already installing production… Read more »

Madrid private car ban is here to stay

Several countries, including the UK, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, have announced plans to eliminate ICE vehicles, and a few cities are proposing to ban them from city centers. Paris and Amsterdam have ambitious plans to banish dinosaur burners by 2030. Obviously, such plans have opponents, and they aren’t likely to become law without political battles…. Read more »

California launches $40-million incentive program for zero-emission off-road freight

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is launching a $40-million program called the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), which is designed to aid in the purchase of zero-emission off-road freight technology. CORE will offer vouchers for buyers to offset the higher initial costs of zero-emission equipment, including the following: On- and off-road terminal… Read more »

Ford’s collaboration with Rivian is just one of three paths to electrification

The American automakers’ plug-in programs may seem to have stalled, but both GM and Ford have exciting things bubbling beneath the surface, which are expected to burst forth sometime in the next couple of years. Ford has said it plans to invest $11.5 billion to introduce 40 electrified vehicles by 2022, of which 16 will… Read more »

Colorado adopts California zero-emissions vehicle mandate

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to approve the state’s adoption of the zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Colorado became the 10th state to join California’s ZEV program. According to the state’s Air Pollution Control Division (yes, this is a separate agency from the AQCC), automakers will be required to make ZEVs 4.9% of the… Read more »

The most powerful Porsche Cayenne is a plug-in hybrid

The PHEV variants of the new Porsche Cayenne, the Turbo S E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé, are the most powerful versions of the luxury automaker’s popular SUV. The PHEVs draw 500 kW from a four-liter V8 engine coupled with an electric motor that is integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Both the standard… Read more »

Major bank: Oil is finished; EVs+renewables are 6x more cost-effective

Many have foretold the demise of the global petroleum industry, to be met with every reaction from delight to dismay, but mostly with disbelief. However, the latest prophet of doom is no kale-cooking techno-greenie, but French banking group BNP Paribas, the largest bank in the Eurozone and the 8th largest in the world. According to… Read more »

Proterra launches program to help OEMs build EVs for commercial fleets

California-based electric bus maker Proterra has launched a new program, Proterra Powered, to help automakers manufacture their own electric fleet vehicles. Proterra designs and manufactures battery systems, electric drivetrain technology, and standardized, heavy-duty charging systems for commercial vehicle applications. As part of Proterra Powered, Proterra will provide OEMs with the electrification hardware as well as… Read more »