The Vehicles

15 more Proterra electric buses to be deployed in the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), supported by a grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), plans to purchase 15 Proterra Catalyst buses, 11 depot chargers, and 4 fast chargers. The new e-buses and infrastructure will be deployed at 5 different transit authorities in the Valley. The investment is intended not… Read more »

Tesla subsidies amount to a fraction of what the Big Three have received

Tesla has been the target of trolls, misinformation and fake news stories since its founding. Whole web sites are devoted to trumpeting the company’s failings, real and invented. Since the US presidential election, the torrent of tirades has kicked into high gear. The Institute for Energy Research, a think tank funded by oil and coal… Read more »

California passes quarter million EV milestone

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that California’s 250,000th plug-in vehicle is likely to be sold this month. Since plug-ins first became available in 2010, consumer demand has slowly but steadily grown, and it’s expected to get a major boost soon, as a crop of 200-mile, $35,000 EVs goes on sale. “Just a few… Read more »

Chrysler reveals pricing and features for Pacifica PHEV

Chrysler is joining the plug-in party with a PHEV version of its popular Pacifica minivan. The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid has an estimated electric range of 30 miles, and fuel efficiency of 80 MPGe in city driving. LG Chem is supplying the 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls. The pack carries a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty…. Read more »

Consumer Reports blasts Tesla Model X

The honeymoon is over. Consumer Reports praised Tesla’s Model S to the skies in 2013, and again in 2014. Now however, the respected source of unbiased product reviews says that in spite of its “brag-worthy magic,” the Model X “largely disappoints.” CR praised the electric SUV’s performance: “Despite its 5,400-pound weight, the X has warp-speed… Read more »

NHTSA sets Quiet Car safety standard for new HEVs and EVs to protect pedestrians

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will now require all new hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to emit sounds to help protect pedestrians. The new standard fulfills a law that Congress approved in 2010. Under the new rule, all electrified vehicles with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds will be required to make an… Read more »

What are the leading EV markets in the US, and how did they get there?

A new white paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) examines the leading regional markets in the US for EVs, and analyzes the policy actions that support their success. The assessment includes state policy (regulation, purchasing incentives), local policy (parking and lane access incentives, building codes), utility actions (charging infrastructure incentives, preferential charging… Read more »

Can Jaguar EVs save England’s economy?

The news that Jaguar hopes to produce an electric SUV by 2018 seemed unremarkable at first – a niche automaker belatedly climbing on the bandwagon. However, recent comments by a senior cabinet minister suggest that the island nation is pinning its hopes on its largest automaker (actually owned by Indian firm Tata) – and on… Read more »

Toyota confirms it will develop EVs

Toyota will set up a special team in early 2017 to develop EVs, according to Japan’s Nikkei newspaper (via Reuters). The four-person team will include representatives from Toyota Motor, Aisin Seiki, Denso and Toyota Industries, with instructions to develop a long-range EV that will go on sale in 2020 in Japan, and possibly in California… Read more »