The Vehicles

Nikola receives order for 2,500 electric refuse trucks

Zero-emission truck startup Nikola has secured an order for at least 2,500 electric refuse trucks (expandable up to 5,000) from Republic Services, the second-largest solid waste hauler in the US. Nikola says on-road testing is “likely to begin in early 2022,” and deliveries will begin in 2023. The new trucks will use Nikola’s Tre powertrain…. Read more »

New guidebook describes best practices for transit agencies deploying zero-emission buses

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a non-profit transportation advocacy group, has released a new Guidebook for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses. The guide, authored by CTE staff members Meredith Linscott and Amy Posner, highlights key considerations for deployments of zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure. The guidebook is designed to educate transit agencies on… Read more »

Optimal Electric Vehicles introduces the S1LF Low-Floor Shuttle Bus, featuring batteries from Proterra

Indiana-based Optimal has been providing engineering services to automotive OEMs for over 33 years. The company’s Engineering group has focused on EV system design since 2015. Now Optimal Electric Vehicles, a derivative firm, has joined the EV manufacturing game with its new electric S1LF Low-Floor Shuttle Bus. The S1LF integrates a quasi-purpose-built Ford E450 chassis… Read more »

GM releases a little more info about its electric Hummer pickup

Love it or hate it, the electric Hummer is coming. GM recently released some more information about the battery-powered behemoth, including photos of the prototype vehicle being assembled, along with its battery pack. The Hummer EV will use GM’s new Ultium modular battery architecture, which is to be manufactured in a joint venture with Korean… Read more »

LEVC’s new PHEV van shares styling with the iconic London taxi

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has launched a new plug-in hybrid light commercial van that shares its distinctive styling with the iconic London black cab. LEVC’s VN5 van features a front end that’s similar to the company’s electric TX taxi, launched in 2018. The driver cabin, which is also shared with the TX, features an… Read more »

Volvo Trucks pilots VNR Electric truck at California dealership

Volvo Trucks North America has deployed its first pilot VNR Electric truck in Southern California as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project—a collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and 13 other organizations to develop a blueprint to scale up the adoption of battery-electric trucks. The first… Read more »

Nikola founder Trevor Milton on fuel cells, batteries and a pay-per-mile model

In these troubled days, the world is divided into two hostile camps—each faction demonizes the other, and refuses even to listen to the other side’s arguments. Families have been torn apart, and sometimes it seems people are about to come to physical violence, or even block former Facebook friends. But what if the batteries-vs-hydrogen debate… Read more »

Link Transit’s 10 new BYD buses come with Momentum Dynamics wireless charging system

Following a phased reopening of its Lancaster, California manufacturing plant in mid-May, BYD is back to building electric buses. The company’s first post-closure delivery completed an order of 10 battery-electric K9S buses to Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington. The K9S 35-ft electric bus seats up to 32, has a range of 215 miles, and can… Read more »

Edmonton Transit Service to deploy 40 Proterra Catalyst E2 Max electric buses and charging infrastructure

Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has unveiled first 21 Proterra electric buses, the first installment of 40 that it plans to deploy this year, as well as a new, purpose-built electric bus garage. ETS, which serves the capital of Alberta, Canada, with a fleet of over 900 buses, will begin putting its new electric buses into… Read more »

Northvolt to supply €2 billion worth of green battery cells to BMW

The BMW Group has signed a long-term battery cell supply contract worth 2 billion euros with Swedish supplier Northvolt. The cells will be produced beginning in 2024 at the Northvolt Ett gigafactory, which is currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden. Northvolt Ett in Sweden is to go on line in 2021 with an… Read more »