The Vehicles

Workhorse’s electric delivery truck claims six times better fuel efficiency than ICE trucks

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has announced that its electric delivery trucks are achieving 30+ miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) during stop-and-go parcel, bakery, and uniform delivery routes – up to six times better than the typical 5-8 mpg achieved by gas- or diesel-powered medium-duty trucks. The company estimates that total savings on fuel and maintenance… Read more »

Visedo’s electric propulsion system powers hybrid ferry in Taiwan

The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung has launched a new hybrid ferry. Visedo OY, a Finnish manufacturer of electric drivetrains for marine vessels and other heavy-duty applications, worked alongside Taiwan’s Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC) to retrofit the 100-ton, 23-meter-long passenger ferry with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original 300 hp… Read more »

Automotive suppliers not so keen on watering down fuel economy rules

It’s pretty clear where the major automakers stand on federal emissions and fuel economy standards. Barely two days after his election, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers sent a letter to Trump urging him to “reform” federal fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations. Last week, executives of 18 automakers sent a second letter reiterating the request… Read more »

Tesla earnings report shows progress, but stock market is unconvinced

As expected, Tesla’s Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2016 Update depicts steady progress toward the company’s ambitious goals. Compared to Q4 2015, almost all the numbers are soaring. Vehicle deliveries are up 27%, gross margins are up 110 basis points, and revenue is up 88%. Of course, expenses are way up, but losses are down,… Read more »

PG&E PHEV will help keep the lights on during power outages

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) have unveiled a new Class 6 PHEV utility truck with exportable power capacity that can be used to manage both planned and unplanned outages. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain offers an electric range of 50 miles, and reduces emissions by 80 percent compared to legacy vehicles…. Read more »

Prototype images of next-gen Nissan LEAF published by Motor Authority

The Nissan LEAF has earned a place of high honor in the plug-in pantheon. Until Tesla’s Model S started to take off, it was the unchallenged top seller among pure EVs, and it remains the only mid-priced EV to achieve anything resembling mass-market sales. However, the respected elder statesman has been overtaken by younger rivals…. Read more »

Billionaire Carlos Slim to launch a made-in-Mexico EV

Giant Motors, part of the business empire of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, is developing a made-in-Mexico EV, and plans to launch it commercially next year, Forbes Mexico reported. Giant Motors will design the new vehicle, and will manufacture it in a joint venture with Moldex, a subsidiary of giant Mexican bread maker Grupo Bimbo…. Read more »

New wave of state legislation aims to penalize EV drivers

Several US states impose a yearly fee on owners of electrified vehicles, and the state-level anti-EV movement is now shifting into high gear, with financial backing from oil industry groups. As Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director of the Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative and co-author Maggie Newshan write in a recent article, Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri,… Read more »