The Vehicles

Trump administration prepares to roll back vehicle emissions and efficiency standards

This week, the Trump administration is expected to officially announce that it will re-examine the vehicle emissions and efficiency goals that automakers agreed to in 2010, with an eye to weakening the standards. In public statements and advertising, automakers tout their commitments to expanding electrification, improving fuel efficiency and fighting climate change but, as previously… Read more »

New Flyer commissions electric bus simulator

Bus manufacturer New Flyer is steadily electrifying its lineup – among other projects, it is delivering 525 hybrid buses to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. To help operators get used to the new technology, the company has commissioned an e-bus simulator at its Vehicle Innovation Center in Anniston, Alabama. The Xcelsior CHARGE Bus Simulator, designed… Read more »

Proterra electric shuttle buses to serve Baltimore Gas and Electric corporate campus

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), will deploy two 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 buses to shuttle employees between two facilities in Baltimore. Proterra’s 40-foot Catalyst E2 delivers 22 MPGe, quite an improvement over the average diesel bus’s 3.86 MPG. The two new shuttles are expected to save over 11,000… Read more »

VW electric racer to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is a demanding race has become something of a showplace for electric racing – several EV startups have distinguished themselves there, including Lightning Motorcycles, Rimac and Faraday Future. Last October, Volkswagen announced that it was developing an electric race car… Read more »

New video details the making of Bollinger’s electric Sport Utility Truck

Last year, Bollinger Motors revealed its electric B1 Sport Utility Truck (SUT), a “no nonsense back-to-basics” vehicle with a rugged frame and minimal styling. Now the company, which says it is “ramping up B1 production in earnest,” has released a short video that follows the 20-month process of designing and building the prototype. Company founder… Read more »

San Mateo transit authority orders 10 Proterra electric buses

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has ordered 10 new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. SamTrans operates 77 routes throughout San Mateo County, including Proterra’s home city of Burlingame. The agency has set a goal of electrifying its entire 312-bus fleet by 2033. The 10 Proterra Catalysts will begin service in 2019, replacing… Read more »

Tesla aftermarket supplier EVannex develops new products for Model 3

South Florida-based EVannex represents a classic all-American tech startup story. Founder Roger Pressman is an engineer who’s been fascinated by EVs since the bad old days of GM’s EV1. When he saw a Tesla Model S alpha prototype in early 2011, it was love at first sight. He bought a Model S Signature Series (a… Read more »

Shanghai government says Tesla talks on track, whatever Musk may say

Elon Musk recently indulged in a tweetstorm about trade rules in China, which he says are hindering Tesla’s ability to compete in the market. “The current rules make things very difficult. It’s like competing in an Olympic race wearing lead shoes,” Musk wrote. However, he also said that “China has already shown a willingness to… Read more »

Baton Rouge to add three BYD electric buses to its fleet

Battery-electric bus builder BYD has received an order for three K9S electric buses from Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS), which operates 29 bus lines and provides over 2 million rides annually. The new e-buses will go into operation later this year. BYD’s K9S has a range of 150 miles and a capacity… Read more »