The Vehicles

Chevrolet unveils photos of new Menlo electric utility vehicle

Western EV fans were exhilarated to read about the upcoming launch of the Chevrolet Menlo – the US and European markets badly need more electric crossover and SUV options. Alas, the excitement quickly turned to disappointment when we learned that, once again, this new EV will be sold only in China. CarNewsChina describes the Menlo… Read more »

Canada’s Brampton Transit buys 8 electric buses and 4 charging stations

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has granted Brampton Transit and Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) $11.15 million in federal funding. Brampton Transit, which serves part of the greater Toronto area, will use the funds to purchase eight electric buses and four OppCharge-compliant overhead charging systems. Six of the electric buses will be New… Read more »

Lightning Systems receives OK to sell its all-electric Ford F-59 in California

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its Ford F-59 platform, commonly used in food truck and delivery van applications. The Executive Order confirms that Lightning System’s F-59 has met emissions and efficiency standards and can be legally… Read more »

Warsaw transit operator buys 130 Solaris electric buses

Warsaw transit operator Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe w Warszawie (MZA) has purchased 130 articulated Urbino 18 electric buses from Polish manufacturer Solaris. Solaris has already delivered 20 electric buses to Warsaw. The buses’ batteries will have a capacity of 150 kWh. Delivery of the new e-buses is scheduled for 2020. MZA CEO Jan Kuźmiński said, “Our… Read more »

No, Workhorse hasn’t yet secured funding to buy GM’s Lordstown plant, but the deal is moving forward

For some time, Charged has followed the story of Workhorse Group, a Cincinnati-based company that has built a prototype electric pickup, has sold electric trucks to UPS and FedEx, and is in the running for a major contract to supply delivery trucks to the US Postal Service. Along with other observers of the EV scene,… Read more »

Zwickau VW plant to produce six electric models

The Volkswagen Group’s plant in Zwickau, Germany is undergoing a massive modernization process. When it’s done, the facility will be one of the biggest all-electric car factories in the world. The German automaker is investing some €1.2 billion to shift the plant’s production from three legacy models to six pure EVs from VW, Seat and… Read more »

AstraZeneca joins EV100 initiative, pledges to transition its 16,000 vehicles to EVs

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will join EV100, The Climate Group’s business initiative on electric vehicles. Through the initiative, AstraZeneca pledges to transition its fleet of 16,000 vehicles to EVs. AstraZeneca is the 50th business and first global healthcare company to join EV100, which now includes companies representing $900 billion in annual turnover and 2.8 million employees,… Read more »