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Cummins unveils electric Class 7 truck

Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins beat Tesla to the punch by unveiling its own electric truck at a recent event at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana. The new truck, called AEOS, is “a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor.” It’s still just a concept, but Cummins has a prototype, built by Roush…. Read more »

BMW introduces the sportier i3s

BMW has released details of its 2018 i3, as well as a new version, the i3s, which features a more powerful motor and a sportier suspension. Both will be shown at the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt. BMW will announce pricing closer to the market launch date. BMW describes the new i3s as a… Read more »

Mercedes asks car buyers if they’re interested in EVs – and gets a reality check

Like most of the legacy auto brands, Mercedes has given conflicting signals about its interest in electrification. Its only EV to date, the B-Class Electric, was a compliance car that it sold in limited volume, and recently discontinued. However, the company says it plans to introduce a line of purpose-built EVs under the new EQ… Read more »

Royal Mail to test 9 electric trucks from UK firm Arrival

Royal Mail has begun a trial of 9 commercial EVs in partnership with Oxfordshire-based Arrival (formerly Charge Auto). The postal operator is testing the 3.5-, 6- and 7.5-ton trucks at its Mount Pleasant depot in central London. They will be used to transport packages between mail distribution centers in the city and surrounding area. The… Read more »

BMW i3 batteries power utility EV from Dannar

Muncie, Indiana-based Dannar has signed a supply agreement with BMW i to provide i3 batteries for the Dannar Mobile Power Station (MPS), a heavy-duty EV designed for infrastructure maintenance and disaster response. Dannar and BMW have been working to develop the MPS for more than a year. Dannar also has partnerships with other Tier 1… Read more »

Electric double-decker bus begins trial in York

The historic city of York has become the first UK city outside London to test a fully electric double-decker bus. Local bus manufacturer Optare delivered the first Metrodecker EV, which will join several e-buses already operating in the city, in a ceremony attended by members of the City of York Council. Optare’s Metrodecker EV, unveiled… Read more »

Honda Clarity Electric arrives at California and Oregon dealerships

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan arrived at the beginning of August at select dealerships in California and Oregon. The Clarity Electric features a 120 kW electric motor that produces 221 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 25.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It offers DC fast charging using the SAE CCS standard (is this the… Read more »

Workhorse orders 500 more electric powertrain systems from TM4

Powertrain provider TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has received a new purchase order from Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) for 500 SUMO MD powertrain systems, following last year’s order of 150 systems. Workhorse will install the powertrains in its E-GEN and E-100 delivery trucks, destined for such customers as UPS and FedEx Express. The Workhorse E-100… Read more »

Plug-in vehicles in China: 181,000 units sold in first half of 2017

China continues to be by far the world’s largest market for plug-in vehicles, or new energy vehicles (NEVs) as they are called there. In the first half of 2017, 181,200 plug-in passenger cars were delivered, almost exactly double the number sold in the US in the same period (89,256, according to InsideEVs). Reductions in central… Read more »