The Vehicles

Nissan: LEAF batteries should last 22 years

Data collected by Nissan indicates that a LEAF battery should last as long as 22 years, according to Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Energy Services. Nissan monitors various parameters, including charging patterns and battery degradation, on the over 400,000 LEAFs it has sold in Europe since 2011. Carranza did not discuss the issue of… Read more »

California utility offers $4,000 purchase incentive for used PHEVs

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), which serves approximately 290,000 accounts in California’s San Mateo County, is offering a $4,000 incentive toward the purchase of a used PHEV for lower-income customers. PCE is offering the DriveForward Electric incentive in partnership with the nonprofit Peninsula Family Service (PFS), whose DriveForward program offers affordable interest rates on vehicle loans… Read more »

E-Force One customizes its e-trucks for different use cases

E-Force One, a supplier of 18-ton e-trucks, will begin equipping its vehicles with batteries from Swiss manufacturer ecovolta. The batteries are part of a concept E-Force One developed to individually tailor each vehicle to the route type and distance it must travel, as well as the charging technology available. The e-truck maker can outfit each… Read more »

Sono Motors logs 10,000 preorders for Sion solar EV

Over a year before the vehicle’s production is scheduled to begin, German startup Sono Motors says it has received 10,000 preorders for its Sion SEV (solar electric vehicle). Most of the reservations have been made by private individuals, around 87 percent of them from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Sion features a liquid-cooled 35 kWh… Read more »

Mullen Technologies’ Qiantu K50 EV to be built in Spokane facility

EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent with the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA) to build a new manufacturing facility in Spokane County, Washington. The 1.3 million square foot facility will produce Mullen’s Qiantu K50 sports coupe EV. The facility will be built by the PDA and leased to… Read more »

Silicon Valley airport purchases 10 Proterra e-buses to replace CNG fleet

San José International Airport (SJC), which provides services for the Silicon Valley area, is purchasing a fleet of 10 Proterra e-buses to transport passengers between SJC’s parking lots, rental car center and terminals. Funded in part by a $5-million zero-emissions grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the electric buses will replace the aging CNG fleet… Read more »

Amsterdam to ban ICE vehicles by 2030

Amsterdam may be known for its tolerance, but air pollution from vehicles is a sin that won’t be tolerated for much longer. Dutch authorities say pollution is shortening the average life expectancy of Amsterdammers by a year, and they plan to ban cars and motorbikes running on gas or diesel from driving in the city… Read more »

Is Workhorse’s deal to buy Lordstown plant from GM to build electric pickup too good to be true?

News travels by strange paths these days. The world first learned of a tentative deal for electric truck maker Workhorse to buy GM’s idled Lordstown, Ohio plant via a self-congratulatory tweet by the President of the US. If the deal goes through, it could be a win-win-win-win: Workhorse might receive a windfall like the one… Read more »