The Vehicles

All-Tesla racing championship begins in Europe in November

A new all-Tesla racing championship is scheduled to kick off this November at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The calendar will continue with a race every month or so in Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain. The Electric GT Championship will offer “motorsport for the 21st century, that presents our… Read more »

Hybrid Kinetic shows H600 microturbine PHEV in Geneva

China-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG), together with its design and engineering partner Pininfarina, unveiled a plug-in sedan concept that uses a microturbine at the recent Geneva Auto Salon. The H600 concept features an aluminum chassis, all-wheel torque vectoring and vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-grid capabilities. It offers combined power of over 600 kW, and accelerates from 0-60… Read more »

Volvo’s autonomous load carrier electrifies rock quarries

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) has developed an autonomous battery-electric load carrier called HX2, part of a research project that aims to electrify the transport stage in a quarry, reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%. Volvo CE customer Skanska Sweden will test several prototype electric and… Read more »

GreenPower sells 10 electric buses to California city

Canada-based GreenPower Motor Company has signed a contract to supply 10 of its EV350 40-foot electric transit buses to the City of Porterville, California. The e-buses will be deployed on all 9 Porterville Transit routes. The $9-million order includes 11 charging systems to be installed at the city’s maintenance facility and transit center. The first… Read more »

Tesla updates Autopilot, Musk debuts as an artist

Another milestone on the road to self-driving cars was reached this week as Tesla released a software update that apparently brings the capabilities of cars with Autopilot 2.0 to near-parity with those of the first-generation Autopilot suite. As aficionados know, Tesla vehicles built since October 2016 are equipped with second-generation Autopilot hardware (including eight cameras… Read more »

As Tesla’s Q1 deliveries set a new record, it’s now the most valuable US automaker

Tesla is on a serious roll this time. Both deliveries and production set new records in the first quarter of 2017, a promising sign for the Model 3 ramp-up. As the good news piles up, TSLA stock is soaring, making Tesla the most valuable American carmaker. According to a company press release, deliveries are up… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains builds electric Freightliner utility truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has completed the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into a new OEM platform, Freightliner. The newly available Freightliner M2 truck rounds out EDI’s portfolio of Class 3 to 6 zero-emission utility vehicles. The new utility vehicle features the EDI PowerDrive 6000 plug-in electric drivetrain. According to EDI, it delivers over… Read more »

Is the new Aptis an electric bus or a tram?

Alstom and NTL have presented a new electric public transport vehicle with a unique design. The layout of the new Aptis is based on that of a tram, incorporating low-floor accessibility and 360° views. Two or three large double doors enable easy on-and-off passenger flows and smooth access for wheelchairs and strollers. Aptis has four… Read more »