The Vehicles

Boeing completes test flight of autonomous electric passenger aircraft

Boeing has completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems. Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight as well as the transition phase between vertical… Read more »

Republican senators introduce new bill to end EV tax credit and impose new annual EV tax

Belying their party’s professed anti-tax leanings, Republican senators have introduced a bill to kill the federal tax credit for EV purchases, and impose a new annual tax on EV owners. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), have introduced a second bill to kill the tax credit (Senator Barrasso introduced a… Read more »

Spy photo shows plug-in Ford F-150 pickup truck

What are the two most important stories in today’s automotive world? Electrification and pickup trucks. The former represents a developing trend that’s going to disrupt and completely rearrange the industry. The second isn’t a news story, but it is the most popular product the industry has ever produced (at least in the US), a vehicle… Read more »

Corvus Energy to provide energy storage systems for five new electric ferries

Corvus Energy, a supplier of energy storage systems (ESSs) to the maritime industry, has been selected as the ESS provider for five new electric ferries to be operated by Norwegian company Fjord1. Corvus will provide its lithium-ion battery-based ESSs to electrical systems integrator Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), which will provide the power and propulsion system… Read more »

JTB Hawaii orders electric buses and charging stations from Proterra

Travel services provider JTB Hawaii will replace three of its 17 diesel-fueled buses with Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. The company will also purchase two 60 kW plug-in chargers from Proterra. Hawaii was the first state to adopt 100 percent renewable energy portfolio standard and has the second-highest number of consumer hybrids or EVs per… Read more »

New Flyer introduces real-time analytics platform for electric buses

US bus manufacturer New Flyer has introduced a real-time, cloud-based dashboard specifically designed to track performance of its battery-electric, zero-emission buses (ZEB). The dashboard, named Connect 360, is an added feature for New Flyer battery-electric buses equipped with Connect, New Flyer’s telematic platform that provides real-time analytics and support services. Connect 360 provides data on… Read more »

Porsche doubles planned production of Taycan EV due to strong demand

Porsche says stronger-than-expected demand for its upcoming Taycan EV has led it to boost production from 20,000 to 40,000 units. The company began taking orders, secured by a $2,500 deposit, a few months ago, and said in December that the first year’s production had been sold out. The Taycan (Porsche says the name means “lively… Read more »

Boston orders five New Flyer electric buses

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Boston’s public transportation agency, has awarded bus manufacturer New Flyer a contract for five Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty battery-electric buses. The contract, which also includes charging infrastructure, is supported by a grant through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. New Flyer’s 60-foot battery-electric transit… Read more »