The Vehicles

Tesla now scheduling Model Y deliveries

Tesla started low-volume production of the new Model Y in January, months ahead of schedule, and is now beginning to confirm Model Y deliveries to customers. Buyers from around the country have reported receiving emails from Tesla offering delivery on or after March 15: “Congratulations! Your Model Y is ready for delivery in March 2020.”… Read more »

Ohio utility orders 250 Lordstown Endurance electric pickups

The latest electrification news from what some are calling Northeast Ohio’s Voltage Valley: Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy, an electric utility that serves over 6 million customers, has agreed to buy 250 Endurance electric pickup trucks from Lordstown Motors. Lordstown is aiming its Endurance pickup truck squarely at the fleet market. The onboard power export feature enables… Read more »

Trump’s effort to weaken auto emissions standards is foiled on two fronts

One of the Trump administration’s top priorities has been rolling back environmental regulations, and this is one area in which it has been ruthlessly efficient. The New York Times estimates that, to date, this administration has killed or watered down some 100 environmental protections. However, one big prize continues to elude the administration’s wrecking crew:… Read more »

Lordstown electric pickup to use in-wheel motors. A good idea?

Lordstown Motors, the startup headed by Workhorse CEO Steve Burns, is building an electric pickup called the Endurance at a former GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The Endurance is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a base price of $52,500. The new e-pickup will feature in-wheel hub electric motors, according… Read more »

TDK invests in Germany electric VTOL company AutoFlightX

TDK Ventures has dipped into its $50-million corporate venture capital fund to invest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company AutoFlightX. With their ability to navigate dangerous or hard-to-reach environments, eVTOL vehicles can help eliminate human risk in mining inspections, or deliver payloads of supplies and medicine in emergency response scenarios. AutoFlightX says it… Read more »

Wärtsilä selects Corvus Energy batteries for Finnlines ferries

Wärtsilä has selected Corvus Energy to supply energy storage systems for three new hybrid ferries for Finnlines, a Finish ferry operator. Designed for roll-on/roll-off cargo, each ferry has a length of 238 meters, a beam of 34 meters, a capacity of 5,800 lane-meters, and more than 5,000 meter-square of vehicle decks. Built at Nanjing shipyard,… Read more »

Motiv opens new California facility to service electric trucks and buses

Motiv Power Systems, maker of the EPIC all-electric chassis for buses and trucks, has opened a new facility in Stockton, California. The new location will serve as a pre-delivery inspection and service center for EVs built on its platform. Medium-duty trucks and buses are electrified by Motiv’s operating software and power electronics on popular Ford… Read more »

Malmö, Sweden orders 60 Volvo high-capacity electric buses

Scandinavian transport operator Nobina, which services Malmo, Sweden, has ordered 60 of Volvo’s 7900 Electric Articulated electric buses. Propelled by dual electric motors with a two-speed transmission, the buses have a maximum power output of 400 kW and maximum torque of 31 kN-m at the driven axle, with battery capacity have up to 396 kWh… Read more »

Washington’s King County Metro to purchase up to 120 New Flyer electric buses

King County Metro has agreed to purchase up to 120 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses for a total estimated cost of $130 million. The transport operator will begin with the purchase of 40 articulated 60-foot electric buses, and plans to buy an additional 80 New Flyer electric buses (20 articulated 60-foot buses and 60… Read more »