The Vehicles

Wright Electric unveils design concepts for electric aircraft

Wright Electric, a partner of European airline easyJet, recently unveiled design concepts for the Wright 1, a 186-seat electric aircraft. Wright is building a 1.5 MW electric motor and 3 kV inverter. The company is in discussions with BAE Systems to develop flight controls and energy management systems. Wright plans to conduct ground tests in… Read more »

LAFP to purchase Rosenbauer electric fire engine

The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) will purchase an electric fire engine from Austrian-based manufacturer Rosenbauer. Based on Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck, the vehicle will be customized for the LAFD’s specific needs. The EV will have two batteries and a charge capacity of 100 kWh, allowing for about two hours of operation, according to… Read more »

Tesla to buy batteries from CATL for China market

Recently, Tesla has indicated that it plans to diversify its battery supply for the Asian market, moving away from its near-total reliance on Panasonic. Now Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), China’s largest EV battery-maker, has confirmed the signing of a two-year supplier agreement with Tesla. The agreement does not specify the volume of cells to be… Read more »

New Cadillac EV to be based on flexible battery architecture

Speaking at a recent event for investors, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed that the company will unveil a new Cadillac EV in April, and predicted that Cadillac will offer “mostly electric vehicles by the end of this decade.” The e-Caddy will be the first model built on GM’s next-generation electric architecture, which Reuss described as… Read more »

DiDi to launch shared EV fleet in Mexico

Chinese ridesharing company DiDi Chuxing plans to launch a fleet of electrified vehicles in Mexico. The rollout will include over 700 EVs and hybrids from OEMs such as BYD and Renault. Of these, 200 EVs will be for the exclusive use of DiDi drivers.  DiDi claims to operate the world’s largest EV fleet, including nearly… Read more »

Clean transportation grants awarded to three California school districts

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is rolling out zero-emission transportation options in its Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project. As early as this spring, schools will see small-scale initiatives put into action, like zero-emissions staff vanpools and workforce training to teach students how to repair and maintain the vehicles, as well as school curricula… Read more »