The Vehicles

BEVs account for 91% of passenger vehicle battery capacity, outpacing PHEVs and hybrids

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 91 percent of all passenger EV battery capacity globally in June 2019, according to a recent report on monthly EV battery capacity by Adamas Intelligence. That figure was up from 84 percent a year earlier. Adamas attributes the increase to the sales growth of BEVs outpacing those of hybrids… Read more »

First electric off-road Extreme E race to take place in Greenland

The all-electric off-road racing series Extreme E has announced that its first race will take place in Greenland in 2021. Organizers are currently reconnoitering sites for four more races in other regions of the world. The three-day event, which will be the first-ever motorsport race in the Arctic country, will take place on the sandbars… Read more »

Aptera returns from the dead, unveils 1,000-mile EV

Long-time followers of the EV scene may remember Aptera, a startup that was founded in 2006, designed a unique three-wheeled two-seater EV, then went into liquidation in 2011. Now, Aptera is back. Three of the founders have bought back the intellectual property, and have spent many months working on an improved version of Aptera’s vehicle… Read more »

Embraer plans first flight of all-electric prototype aircraft in 2020

Brazilian aerospace company Embraer plans to launch its first all-electric prototype aircraft in 2020. Electric equipment manufacturer WEG will produce the demonstrator aircraft’s motor and controller at its headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. Parker Aerospace will supply the aircraft’s cooling system. The technology will be tested on the single-engine EMB-203 Ipanema. Source: Embraer via… Read more »

As VW shows 2 new EVs in Frankfurt, has it brought battery costs under $100/kWh?

Volkswagen’s first EV designed for mass production, and the first to be based on the modular MEB platform, is on display at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. So are a lot of other EVs – mainstream outlets from CNET to the Wall Street Journal reported that electrification is the dominant theme at this year’s show…. Read more »

CNH Industrial invests $250 million in fuel cell truck maker Nikola, plans to enter European market

Dutch commercial vehicle maker CNH Industrial plans to form an exclusive partnership with Nikola, an Arizona manufacturer of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology. CNH Industrial will take a $250-million strategic stake in Nikola as the lead Series D investor. CNH will provide $100 million cash and $150 million… Read more »

UPS partners with TEVVA Motors to introduce new PHEV vans to UK fleet

UPS is an electrification pioneer – the company has invested over $1 billion in alternative fuel projects since 2009, and currently has more than 10,000 alternative fuel vehicles in its global fleet. The logistics giant has teamed up with TEVVA Motors to develop a new class of electric delivery vehicles that addresses a particular problem:… Read more »

EVs take over GM’s home page

Are the legacy automakers serious about EVs? That’s a complex question, and the answer depends on when and whom you ask – every brand has its pro- and anti-EV execs, and corporate strategies can shift from one month to the next. However, if the appearance of a company’s home page is any indication, then GM… Read more »