The Vehicles

Oregon legislature approves new EV rebates (and new fees)

The Oregon House and Senate have approved a $5.3-billion transportation funding package that includes point-of-purchase rebates for EVs. Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the legislation within the next few days. The bill authorizes $12 million each year for six years to fund rebates for the purchase or lease of a new EV or… Read more »

Analyst predicts Tesla will have a near-monopoly in EVs

As Tesla soars and the legacy automakers waffle, a classic disruption scenario, unthinkable only a couple of years ago, seems ever more likely. The latest to reach this conclusion is analyst Alexander Haissl of Hamburg’s Berenberg Bank, who predicts in a recent report that Tesla will end up with a near-monopoly of the EV market…. Read more »

EV audible noise rules may be cancelled in Washington’s “deregulation” drive

in November 2016, after six years of procrastination, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released rules requiring electrified vehicles to emit sounds to help protect pedestrians. The “quiet car” standard fulfills a law that Congress approved in 2010. Much of the impetus for the rules came from the National Federation for the Blind. Now,… Read more »

New factory could supercharge Tesla’s Chinese fortune

After a slow start, Tesla’s sales are starting to take off in the world’s largest auto market. The company sold 10,400 vehicles in China in 2016 – triple the previous year’s figure – and sales for the first three months of 2017 have put it on track to double that this year. China represented around… Read more »

BYD Coach and Bus continues US expansion, hires new General Manager

BYD Coach and Bus, which is steadily expanding deliveries of electric buses in the US, has announced the hiring of a new General Manager. Milo Victoria, an industry veteran with 41 years of transit industry experience, will oversee operations of the company’s electric bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California. BYD employs nearly 700 individuals in… Read more »

Malmö, Sweden orders 13 Volvo electric buses

Bus operator Nobina has ordered 13 electric Volvo buses, which will begin operations in the Swedish city of Malmö at the end of next year, the biggest single order so far for the Volvo 7900 Electric. The buses will run on route 7, a distance of 15 km, and will be fast-charged at the route’s… Read more »

Autonomous vehicle maker NAVYA to build assembly plant in Michigan

French autonomous vehicle manufacturer NAVYA has announced that it will establish a new assembly plant in Michigan, the company’s first outside of Europe. The company has partnered with Mcity, a public-private partnership led by the University of Michigan. NAVYA plans to hire a team of 15 people at its Michigan facility, and hopes to build… Read more »