The Vehicles

Tesla’s “biggest software update ever” includes Smart Summon feature

Tesla’s Software Version 10.0, which the company calls “our biggest software update ever,” will be rolled out to Tesla owners around the world this week. The star of the show is Smart Summon, which appears to be a major step towards full vehicle autonomy: With Smart Summon, customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or… Read more »

Go electric on the water with the Taiga Orca electric watercraft

Montreal-based startup Taiga Motors began life in 2015 as a spin-out from the racing team at McGill University, where co-founders Paul Achard, Gabriel Bernatchez and Sam Bruneau worked on electric powertrains. The company has developed a line of electric snowmobiles, and has now announced an electric watercraft (as reported by Electrek). The Taiga Orca features… Read more »

Daimler and CATL partner on battery modules for e-trucks

Battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Daimler Trucks & Buses have signed an agreement for CATL to provide Daimler with Li-ion battery modules beginning in 2021. The agreement covers the Mercedes-Benz eActros, Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 electric trucks. Frank Reintjes, Daimler’s Head of Global Powertrain, E-Mobility and Manufacturing Engineering, said, “We are constantly… Read more »

California announces $95-million plan for charging infrastructure and ZEVs

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a $95-million plan to expedite the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. The plan focuses on closing an anticipated gap in EV charging infrastructure and increasing benefits to disadvantaged communities. The 2019-2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and… Read more »

Konin, Poland orders six Solaris electric buses

The municipal transit operator Miejski Zakład Komunikacyjnycity (MZK) in Konin, Poland has ordered six Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses and three chargers, which are scheduled for delivery by the end of May 2020. The six 12-meter buses will each feature two 110 kW electric motors and a 200 kWh battery. The three free-standing dual charging… Read more »

Amazon orders 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced a far-reaching plan to reduce his company’s environmental footprint. Amazon’s “Climate Pledge” calls for the retail behemoth to zero out its carbon emissions by 2030. Bezos also challenged other companies to join Amazon in meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule. As part… Read more »

Porsche to join Formula E electric racing championship, 2019-2020 calendar announced

The Formula E electric racing championship has announced its calendar for the 2019-2020 season: 14 races in 12 cities on 4 continents, beginning in November in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and winding up in July 2020 in London. However, the big news is that Porsche will be fielding an electric racing team. The TAG Heuer… Read more »

VW ID.R sets first record on China’s Tianmen Mountain

Volkswagen has set the first speed record on China’s Tianmen Mountain with its ID.R electric motorsports vehicle. VW staged the record attempt to support its upcoming introduction of EVs to the Chinese market. The ID.R is the motorsport ambassador for Volkswagen’s ID. family, its new range of EVs. It currently holds records on Pikes Peak… Read more »

Schwarzenegger rebuts Trump’s attack on California emissions standards

The Trump administration launched another salvo in its war on environmental regulations this week by formally revoking California’s authority to set its own auto emissions rules. The administration previously announced that it would pursue anti-trust investigations against four automakers that forged a compromise with California on fuel economy standards. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican former governor… Read more »