The Vehicles

Lightning eMotors and Forest River partner to deploy up to 7,500 electric shuttle buses

Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a provider of specialty commercial EVs for fleets, and Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway company, have formed a strategic partnership to deploy up to 7,500 zero-emission shuttle buses.      The $850-million deal calls for Lightning to build fully electric powertrains and provide charging products and services for Forest River over the next… Read more »

Komatsu announces customer alliance for zero-emission mining equipment

Industrial machinery  manufacturer Komatsu has formed an alliance with customers Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelo, and Boliden, to develop zero-emission mining equipment.  The Komatsu Greenhouse Gas Alliance will collaborate on product planning, development, testing and deployment of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure.  The alliance’s initial focus will be Komatsu’s power-agnostic truck concept for a haulage vehicle… Read more »

Tesla says fire incidents are 11 times lower for its vehicles than for the average US vehicle

A vehicle catching fire is no more newsworthy than a dog bite—unless of course it’s an EV that goes up in flames. Tesla, which suffered a spate of bad publicity following three highly-publicized vehicle fires in 2013, wants to set the record straight. In its 2020 Impact Report, the company presents data to demonstrate that… Read more »

Meals on Wheels introduces Lightning eMotors electric delivery van

Meals on Wheels is a nationwide organization that delivers nutritious, hot meals to shut-ins such as elderly or disabled people, who might otherwise not get a square meal (or a friendly visitor) every day. The importance of this service has been highlighted over the months of enforced isolation due to the pandemic. Meals on Wheels… Read more »

Crowley to build and operate electric tugboat for Port of San Diego

Tugboats may be the next transport segment to start going green. Crowley Maritime Corporation will build and operate an all-electric harbor tugboat called eWolf for the Port of San Diego. The eWolf is an 82-foot vessel with 70 tons of bollard pull. It will operate at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal,… Read more »

Joby Aero completes 150-mile flight with electric VTOL air taxi

California-based Joby Aero has achieved an important milestone in the development of its electric air taxi, flying a full-size prototype vehicle more than 150 miles on a single charge, including a vertical take-off and landing. The flight was completed at Joby’s Electric Flight Base in Big Sur, California. The aircraft, piloted from the ground by… Read more »

Biden emissions announcement: major milestone or timid target?

The Biden administration has announced the federal government’s return to a policy of pushing automakers to reduce their vehicle emissions over time. The Big Three US automakers, and the United Auto Workers union, are on board, and their representatives joined President Biden at the White House to publicly announce plans not only to improve the… Read more »

Green Mountain Power buys two electric utility trucks from Lion Electric

The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV), a manufacturer of all-electric Class 5 to Class 8 commercial urban trucks and buses, has secured an order for two electric trucks from Vermont utility Green Mountain Power—a Lion8 bucket truck for line crews and a Lion6 stake-body truck for electrical maintenance field crews. Lion expects to deliver the… Read more »