The Vehicles

Eviation and Kokam announce electric aircraft battery supply deal

Eviation Aircraft, a manufacturer of electric aircraft (profiled in the July/August 2017 issue of Charged), and South Korean battery manufacturer Kokam have entered into a battery supply deal valued at $1 million. Kokam batteries will be used to power EViation’s all-electric Alice aircraft, which is scheduled to fly by the end of this year. Alice,… Read more »

Rivian appoints five executives, prepares to launch its first EV in 2020.

EV startup Rivian, which has facilities in Michigan, California and Illinois, plans to introduce its first EV, a five-passenger pickup, in 2020, followed by a seven-passenger SUV. The company recently announced the appointment of five new executives. Mark Vinnels has joined the company as Executive Director of Engineering and Vehicle Programs. Prior to joining Rivian,… Read more »

California car shoppers can now be preapproved for EV rebates

California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is launching Rebate Now, a preapproved rebate program designed to make it easier and faster for California residents to lease or purchase EVs. The program will debut in San Diego and, if successful, will be applied statewide. Car shoppers can apply online and use Rebate Now at participating dealerships… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains delivers electric bus powertrains to Golden Dragon in China

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has fulfilled its largest order of all-electric buses for Golden Dragon in China. The EDI PowerDrive 6000EV system was integrated into a fleet of 18 Golden Dragon 10.5-meter buses, which will run on urban and rural routes around the city of Nantong, China. The EDI PowerDrive 6000 received Chinese government certification… Read more »

New report examines EV policy in all 50 states

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) has launched a new series of reports, The 50 States of Electric Vehicles, with a special 2017 Review issue. The new series, which will take the form of quarterly reports, provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions that relate to EVs. The report found that… Read more »

New study finds consumers are behind the curve on EVs

Automakers and policymakers around the world are preparing for the transition to EVs. Toyota, Volvo, VW, BMW, Mercedes and other brands are setting ambitious sales goals and investing substantial sums. Norway, the Netherlands, France, the UK and China are talking about phasing out sales of legacy ICE vehicles. There’s just one key group of stakeholders… Read more »

Bite Squad to convert its delivery fleet from Prius to Tesla Model 3

Bite Squad, the Minneapolis-based restaurant delivery service that now operates in 30 markets around the country, hopes to swap out its current fleet of several hundred Toyota Priuses for Tesla Model 3s. It plans to test a handful of 3s on the road in its home base of Minneapolis this fall. Company-owned vehicles account for… Read more »

Singapore electric tram charges in 20 seconds

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG have launched a 22-seat electric shuttle that will be able to recharge in 20 seconds at stations while passengers board. The NTU-Blue Solutions Flash Shuttle is based on Bolloré’s Bluetram vehicle. Equipped with supercapacitors and an LMP battery developed by Blue Solutions, it has a range of… Read more »

Colorado releases new plan to support EV infrastructure and accelerate EV adoption

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has released the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, which details a series of actions supporting EV infrastructure, and lays out goals to accelerate adoption of EVs. Colorado currently ranks 8th in the US in EV market share, and 7th for number of EVs per capita. As of October 2017, there were almost… Read more »