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The Vehicles

Ford Pro reveals new E-Transit Custom electric van for Europe

Ford’s new E-Transit electric van began production in March. Now the company’s commercial vehicle division, Ford Pro, has revealed a few details of the upcoming E-Transit Custom. The E-Transit Custom is expected to have a range of up to 380 km. It features DC fast charging, towing capability and “sophisticated connectivity.” ProPower Onboard technology provides… Read more »

Volkswagen Group launches Scout brand to build electric pickup and SUV for US market

The Volkswagen Group plans to launch an electric pickup and “rugged SUV” in the US market. What’s more, the company will establish a separate, independent company to produce the new EVs. “The vehicles will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the US for American customers,” says VW. Volkswagen will resurrect the Scout nameplate, which was… Read more »

Roush Industries to assemble electric platforms for Bollinger Motors

Bollinger Motors has selected Roush Industries as the contract manufacturer to assemble its line of all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles in Classes 3 through 6. Bollinger will source and provide all materials for Roush to assemble its vehicles in a facility in Livonia, Michigan, near Bollinger’s Oak Park headquarters. Bollinger Motors will… Read more »

New Mexico adopts Clean Cars standards

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board have unanimously voted to adopt Clean Cars rules, following “a robust stakeholder engagement process over the past year.” The Clean Cars standards consist of Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards. The former requires automakers to sell increasing… Read more »

The facts about recent electric bus fires in France

False or misleading posts about EV fires flood the internet on a daily basis. The latest spurious sensation was a natural gas-powered bus that caught fire in Italy—a video of the catastrophic conflagration was posted online, and within hours, it had travelled around the world and back again, falsely described as an EV fire. In… Read more »

Penske Truck Leasing adds Orange EV electric terminal trucks to its fleet offerings

Many commercial fleets choose to lease, rather than buy, their trucks, and drayage trucks (aka terminal tractors or yard goats) represent an ideal use case for EVs—so the news that Penske Truck Leasing is now offering Orange EV electric terminal trucks to its fleet customers could portend a significant boost to electrification of trailer-handling operations…. Read more »

EV sales dropped in March—or did they?

We’ve seen some disturbing headlines recently—sales of plug-in vehicles are decreasing after years of slow but steady gains. Were the naysayers right all along? Is the EV party winding down? Well, no. Those who look beyond the headlines and read the actual articles will find that quite a different story is unfolding. For example, we… Read more »

States, NGOs, UAW all sue USPS over plans to buy gas delivery trucks

In the latest installment of “As the Postal Service Turns,” 16 US states, 4 environmental groups and the United Auto Workers union have filed lawsuits seeking to block the US Postal Service’s plan to buy mostly gas-powered next-generation delivery vehicles, arguing that the agency failed to comply with environmental regulations. Reuters reports that three separate… Read more »

Vietnamese EV-maker VinFast builds factory in North Carolina, plans US IPO

Vietnamese EV-maker VinFast has designs on the US auto market—the company recently began building a factory in North Carolina, and now it has filed for an initial public offering on the US stock market. VinFast is also planning a funding round that could raise up to $1 billion ahead of the IPO. At this point,… Read more »

Ohio’s COTA orders 8 more battery-electric buses and infrastructure from NFI

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which provides public transit in the greater Columbus and central Ohio region, has exercised options for eight battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of the NFI Group. The order also includes four ABB depot chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions. Supported… Read more »