The Vehicles

Fleet customer reorders Orange electric terminal trucks after successful Chicago pilot

Kansas City-based Orange EV has announced that Rail Management Services (RMS) has placed a follow-up order for nine additional T-Series electric terminal trucks. RMS, an intermodal lift-on/lift-off contractor with a hostling fleet of over 700 trucks, purchased its first Orange electric truck in July 2016 for use at a railyard in Chicago. “We put the… Read more »

2017 VW e-Golf increases range to 125 miles – available in Europe now, in US later in spring

Volkswagen’s new e-Golf, with a larger battery pack and longer range, is now available for order in Europe, and will go on sale in the US later this spring. Prices start at €35,900 ($38,000) in Germany. US pricing is yet to be announced. The e-Golf’s battery capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8… Read more »

California Air Resources Board votes unanimously to stand by clean car standards

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has voted unanimously to reaffirm the state’s clean car standards, setting up a confrontation with the regime in Washington. The Board’s decision comes after years of detailed analysis by ARB staff, culminating in a Midterm Review which concluded that the standards can be met on time, using known technologies,… Read more »

30 US cities announce plans to buy $10 billion worth of EVs

Take that, EV nay-sayers! As automakers prepare to meet with the new US regime to discuss watering down fuel efficiency regulations – which some fear is the first step to scaling back their EV programs – mayors of cities around the country have joined to demonstrate their interest in low-emission vehicles. Thirty cities, including New… Read more »

Intel, Mobileye and Tesla’s stock price

Intel’s recent acquisition of Mobileye, an Israeli provider of autonomous driving technology, for $15 billion, has three interesting implications. The first is obvious: self-driving tech is expected to be huge, and companies are busily investing money and R&D efforts to position themselves as players. The second point, also apparent to observers in the tech world… Read more »

New ICCT study: Cost estimates for meeting MPG and pollution standards overstated by 40%

With a new administration in Washington, federal fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicle model years 2022-25 are being reconsidered, and automakers have high hopes that those standards will be relaxed. Their main argument for doing so is that the cost of meeting increasingly strict standards will be too high. However, a new study by… Read more »

MAN to test electric semitrailer trucks with 9 Austrian companies

MAN Truck & Bus will be testing a prototype electric semitrailer tractor unit with 9 of Austria’s largest logistics companies, in partnership with the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL). The test vehicles, which have gross weights of 12 to 26 tons, will be used in medium and heavy distribution transport beginning at the end of… Read more »

Symbio’s fuel cell range extender for the Nissan e-NV200 electric van

Symbio has integrated a 15 kW fuel cell range extender in a Nissan e-NV200 electric van. The new plug-in hybrid hydrogen vehicle will deliver at least 500 km of range. Symbio plans to introduce it to the European taxi market. Symbio has already done something similar with several hundred Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi EVs. The… Read more »

Tesla raises $1.2 billion in new capital: good news or bad?

As expected, Tesla recently raised about $1.2 billion in fresh capital by selling stock and issuing new debt. The company sold stock at $262 per share, bringing in about $350 million, and issued convertible notes worth another $850 million, according to a document filed with the SEC. CEO Elon Musk personally bought $25 million in… Read more »