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The Vehicles

Chinese automakers adopting Tesla’s megacasting technology

Tesla’s megacasting technique—using giant casting machines to make car bodies with just a few massive cast parts—greatly reduces the complexity of the body assembly process, saving costs and improving efficiency. Tesla is producing Model Y at Gigafactory Texas using an enormous Giga Press to cast a single rear body piece, which replaced 70 different parts…. Read more »

Nissan announces $18 billion in new e-mobility investment, including solid-state batteries and 15 new EVs

Nissan, an early EV pioneer that later seemed to lose interest, has become the latest automaker to announce a new electrification plan. The company’s Nissan Ambition 2030 strategy calls for investments of 2 trillion yen (around $17.6 billion) over the next five years. “With Nissan Ambition 2030, we will drive the new age of electrification,… Read more »

Tesla applies for regulatory approval for Gigafactory Texas, production on track for end of this year

Tesla has applied to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for regulatory approval for the first phase of Gigafactory Texas. The filed documents reveal Tesla’s planned completion date and budget. The next chapter in Tesla’s history will center on the company’s two new factories: Gigafactory Texas in Austin and Gigafactory Berlin in Germany. The… Read more »

How does Alaska’s first electric school bus handle the winter?

How well do electric school buses do in extreme cold? One anecdotal answer comes from Gerald Blackard, co-owner of Tok Transportation, which operates a single electric bus for the Alaska Gateway School District in the small village of Tok in eastern Alaska. The bus, which was manufactured by Thomas Built Buses, and features a battery… Read more »

Proterra to power next-gen Citi VOLT electric buses from Turkish OEM Anadolu Isuzu

Commercial EV specialist Proterra will provide battery technology for a new generation of electric buses made by Turkish commercial vehicle manufacturer Anadolu Isuzu. Anadolu Isuzu operates in the medium-size bus and truck segments, and sells in around 50 countries, mostly in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company recently took its first 8-meter NovoCiti… Read more »

Ford Pro delivers preproduction units of new E-Transit van to selected fleet customers

Ford says its 2022 E-Transit van is showing up to work a little early. Through a Ford Pro pilot program, several companies, including Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid, have taken delivery of preproduction units of the E-Transit van. The pilot vans will be operating in fleets serving the rental, delivery, service, maintenance, telecom and… Read more »

Proterra to supply battery technology for up to 10,000 Lightning eMotors commercial EVs

Commercial vehicle specialist Proterra will expand its partnership with Lightning eMotors to power its Class 4 and 5 commercial EVs with Proterra’s battery technology. Under a new multi-year supply agreement, Proterra will supply battery systems totaling more than 900 MWh in battery storage capacity to Lightning eMotors to power up to 10,000 vehicles between 2022… Read more »

Life on the farm won’t be the same with the Electric Monarch autonomous tractor

We’ve seen electric tractors before, but the Monarch Tractor features autonomous operation and data-gathering features, and the company’s marketing material promises farmers substantial annual cost savings. Considering the expansive set of features, we were (pleasantly) surprised to see that the company isn’t touting its product as “the Tesla of tractors”—despite (or because of) the fact… Read more »