The Vehicles

Maxwell Vehicles retrofits RAM ProMaster vans with plug-in powertrains

What does a PHEV become when it grows up? And do we need yet another electrified-vehicle acronym? Technically, a hybrid with a plug is a PHEV, but some argue that a vehicle with a substantial electric range is a different animal. Chevy called its Volt an EREV, and Seattle-based startup Maxwell Vehicles is calling its… Read more »

Tesla to demonstrate Autopilot Hardware 3 capabilities

Tesla’s long-awaited Autopilot Hardware 3 computer is on the production line and on its way to a street near you. “Tesla is making significant progress in the development of its autonomous driving software and hardware, including our FSD computer, which is currently in production and which will enable full-self driving via future over-the-air software updates,”… Read more »

Tesla and Panasonic reported to be reconsidering Gigafactory expansion plans

Earlier this week, Nikkei reported that Tesla and Panasonic have suspended plans to expand the capacity of Gigafactory 1. The two companies had planned to increase capacity at the Nevada plant by about 50 percent by 2020, but financial problems have forced them to put those plans on hold, the newspaper said. Panasonic will “study… Read more »

Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling car in Switzerland in March

I’ve written so many articles about Switzerland being an EV laggard in Europe that it’s only fair to trumpet the news that the Swiss auto market has been “struck by Tesla lightning,” as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the country’s top daily newspapers, put it. Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling car of any… Read more »

University of Georgia orders twenty electric buses

The University of Georgia has ordered 20 Proterra Catalyst E2 buses. A $10-million grant awarded to the university by Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority made the purchase possible. The Catalyst E2 features two electric motors, 510 horsepower and 24.6 MPGe. Catalyst buses have previously been ordered by Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University… Read more »

Austrian and Swiss postal services pledge to go 100% EV by 2030

National postal companies Swiss Post and Austrian Post have committed to fully electrifying their delivery fleets by 2030. The announcement comes as they join EV100, an EV initiative led by non-profit The Climate Group. To join EV100, companies must make public commitments to integrate EVs into their service fleets or install EV chargers on premises… Read more »

Fiat Chrysler to pay Tesla hundreds of millions for European emissions credits

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has reached a deal with Tesla to count the California carmaker’s EVs as part of the FCA fleet in order to avoid paying fines for violating new European Union emissions rules. The Financial Times reported that the deal is worth “hundreds of millions of euros.” More stringent emissions standards will take effect… Read more »

Tesla Q1 deliveries disappoint, stock stumbles

Just as the Tesla story has always elicited comments from both well-informed and uninformed writers, TSLA stock attracts investors of wildly varying levels of sophistication – or, to put it colorfully, “smart money” and “dumb money.” While the dumb money periodically causes large temporary tumbles in the stock price, triggered by Elon Musk pretending to… Read more »

Faraday Future signs $600 million agreement with Chinese game company The9

The9, a Chinese online game company, has signed a joint venture agreement with California EV startup Faraday Future to manufacture and sell the company’s EVs in China. The immediate goal of the agreement is to manufacture and sell Faraday Future’s V9 model, a luxury vehicle to be based on Faraday’s first production vehicle. Under the… Read more »