The Vehicles

Elon Musk: GM is in it for the CARB credits, will produce only 25,000 Chevy Bolts per year

As a plethora of pundits pontificate about Tesla and the hypothetical competition for its upcoming Model 3, many fall into error because they don’t understand the dynamic between Tesla, which exists to sell EVs, and the legacy automakers, which grudgingly sell a few in order to comply with government regulations. Elon Musk is happy to… Read more »

60-foot articulated electric bus hits the streets of Southern California

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which serves half a million residents of northern Los Angeles County, has taken delivery of a BYD 60-foot articulated electric bus. AVTA has ordered thirteen of the 60-foot e-buses, part of its campaign to fully electrify its fleet by 2018. BYD is building the buses at its factory in… Read more »

Historic Finnish ferry goes electric

Since it entered service in 1904, the Föri ferry in the Finnish city of Turku has been upgraded from steam to diesel power, and now to electricity. Finland’s oldest operating ferry has now become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with a new electric powertrain from Visedo. Local boatyard Mobimar performed the… Read more »

Five London fleets to test new Ford plug-in hybrid van

Five fleet operators in London will participate in a pilot program to evaluate Ford’s new Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van, starting this fall. The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month test of 20 new Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans. London’s Metropolitan Police will deploy 5 of the vans: one marked for… Read more »

Oregon legislators consider sales incentive for EVs

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would establish a $1-million fund to provide a $250 incentive to automobile sales staff who sell electric vehicles to Oregon residents (it exempts sales at exclusively electric dealerships). The bill (HB 2514) addresses two interrelated issues, according to its sponsor, Representative Phil Barnhart. First, $250 would be a… Read more »

Maryland transit authority deploys 3 BYD e-buses

Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland, has taken delivery of three 35-foot BYD K9S battery-electric buses – the first electric transit buses in the state, according to BYD. An inductive charging station will be installed on the Green Line in downtown Columbia to allow the buses to top… Read more »

BMW putting the fear of Tesla into its employees

One of the most interesting questions in the automotive world right now: How seriously are the incumbents taking the threat from our favorite California startup? One answer might be found at a recent event near Munich, where an image of Elon Musk appeared on a screen as a narrator ominously intoned, “We’re in the midst… Read more »