The Vehicles

Bye Aerospace tests eFlyer 2 prototype with 90 kW Siemens motor

E-plane startup Bye Aerospace has begun flight tests of its two-seat eFlyer 2 prototype, equipped with a new 90 kW Siemens SP70D production motor. The new motor weighs 57 pounds and features a 90 kW peak rating (120 hp) and a continuous power rating of 70 kW (94 hp). In addition to the new motor,… Read more »

Four automakers make a deal with California on fuel efficiency

In a setback for the Trump administration’s campaign of sweeping away environmental regulations, four automakers have forged a deal with California that imposes only a moderate relaxation of the Obama-era federal fuel economy standards, rather than the radical rollback requested by the Republican regime. Regular Charged readers will be familiar with the story so far:… Read more »

Letter from Amsterdam: EVs of all shapes and sizes

The streets of Amsterdam are a chaotic carnival of transportation options: the famous flotilla of bicycles (which have dedicated lanes on all major streets) shares the cobblestones with skateboards, scooters (gas, electric and pedal), Segways, buses (diesel and electric) and street trams. There are also canal boats, an underground Metro system, and of course automobiles… Read more »

Be careful what you wish for department: Automakers now say Trump rollback of emissions standards goes too far

The legacy automakers are like a hopelessly lost driver, stuck at a fork in the road with no clue which direction to take. Two days after Trump’s election in 2016, they sent him a letter asking for previously-agreed fuel economy standards to be watered down. The new administration enthusiastically agreed, and began dismantling these and… Read more »

Volvo Penta showcases electric terminal tractor

Volvo Penta showcased an electric terminal tractor at a recent port and terminal technology trade show in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The tractor was retrofitted with a Volvo Penta electric driveline, borrowing technologies from Volvo’s electric buses and trucks. Volvo Penta has been active in establishing its presence in the EV industry, aiming to offer electrified… Read more »

Virginia governor pledges over $12 million for electric buses

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has pledged more than $12 million towards the deployment of electric buses in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads. The funding will cover a total of 17 electric buses and charging stations, eliminating the need for an estimated two million gallons of diesel fuel and offsetting 612,000 tons of carbon emissions and… Read more »

Letter from Italy: Tiny EVs rule, cops get charged

Tourists love Europe for its endless variety: just cross a border and you’ll encounter a different language, different architecture, different food – and a different mix of electric vehicles. On this summer’s trip, I visited Amsterdam, which has a huge variety of electrified transportation options; Switzerland, a car-loving country where Teslas are slowly but surely… Read more »

BYD opens first electric bus assembly plant in Canada

BYD has opened its first electric bus assembly plant in Canada. The 45,000-square-foot facility in Newmarket, Ontario will focus on assembling buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada’s largest transit operator. BYD currently has buses on order or in operation throughout Canada, including in Montreal and neighboring Longueuil, where the company sold nine buses last… Read more »