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The Vehicles

Formula E reveals third-generation electric race car at Monaco E-Prix

Formula E officially unveiled its third-generation Formula E race car at the recent Monaco E-Prix (where Stoffel Vandoorne, driving for Mercedes-EQ, saw the checkered flag). The new Gen3 will make its racing debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Pre-season testing will take place this winter, and seven of the… Read more »

Volkswagen aims to establish electric Eden on a Greek island

EV pioneers realized long ago that islands, which tend to have short driving distances and high gas prices, make great candidates for electrification. The Volkswagen Group is putting this principle into practice on the Greek island of Astypalea. The Smart & Sustainable Island project, a joint initiative of the Volkswagen Group and the Hellenic Republic,… Read more »

Orlando pilot provides a blueprint for electrification of rental car fleets

A new report from a nonprofit called the Electrification Coalition details the lessons learned from a public-private partnership that tested the deployment of EVs in a large rental car fleet. The report shares key findings from the Drive Electric Orlando Rental Pilot, which incentivized travelers to rent EVs in Orlando, the largest rental car market… Read more »

GM execs’ pay will be tied to reaching EV targets

In a recent interview, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that a “significant part” of the company’s long-term executive compensation will be contingent upon reaching specific electrification targets, which will include volumes of EVs sold in North America, as well as launch timing and quality. Barra, whose total compensation package came to about $23.7 million… Read more »

Penske adds Ford E-Transit cargo vans to its rental and leasing fleet

Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 Ford E-Transit electric cargo vans. The company conducted a successful pilot of the E-Transit late last year, and plans to take delivery of the first several vehicles in the next several weeks. Penske Truck Leasing operates more than 372,000 vehicles from more than 1,300 locations on 5 continents. Penske… Read more »

Hertz to purchase up to 65,000 Polestar EVs

Rental giant Hertz gave the whole EV industry a boost with last year’s announcement that it would add up to 100,000 Teslas to its fleet. Now the company has announced plans to buy up to 65,000 EVs from Polestar over five years. It expects to make the new EVs available beginning in Spring 2022 in… Read more »

Mack’s Range Calculator helps refuse truck customers plan routes for electrification

Mack Trucks, part of the Volvo Group, has introduced a new Range Calculator for Electric Vehicles to help customers simulate real-world collection routes for the Mack LR Electric refuse truck. The Range Calculator uses GPS data collected from a customer’s current routes to predict the number of starts and stops the Mack LR Electric can… Read more »

Frito-Lay to deploy 40 Ford eTransit electric trucks in Texas

Frito-Lay plans to deploy a new electric fleet to serve its processing plant in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. One Ford eTransit electric truck has been delivered, and 39 more are to arrive later this summer. The trucks will be used for local delivery. Frito-Lay expects the new e-fleet to… Read more »

Maersk to deploy 300 electric trucks in partnership with Einride

Global shipping giant Maersk plans to add 300 electric trucks to its North American network. The initial batch of e-trucks will consist of Class 8 8TT Gen 3 models from BYD. The trucks will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 for use by Maersk’s North American warehousing, distribution and transportation business. They will be operated… Read more »