The Vehicles

New Flyer introduces Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell bus

Bus manufacturer New Flyer has announced the Xcelsior CHARGE H2, a new hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty bus. The bus comes in 40-foot and 60-foot models, both of which have completed the Federal Transit Administration’s Model Bus Testing program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The CHARGE H2 will have a range of up to 300 miles, with a… Read more »

Fisker teases electric SUV

Fisker Inc., the company Henrik Fisker started after the failure of the former Fisker Automotive, has announced that it plans to build “an affordable SUV powered by an enhanced +80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that pushes the limit – with a range of close to 300 miles.” Fisker’s ESUV will be available in a four-wheel… Read more »

ABB and Volvo to deploy six electric buses at UK’s Birmingham Airport

ABB is partnering with Volvo Bus and Birmingham Airport in the UK to launch a passenger transport service in and around the airport beginning in November 2019. The service will include six Volvo 7900e electric single-deck buses. The buses will be in operation 24/7, and each will be recharged en route using ABB’s OppCharge, an… Read more »

Canada announces new $5,000 EV incentive – but no Teslas need apply

The Canadian government has released a new budget that includes a $5,000 incentive for EV purchases (the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia already offer incentive programs, and so did Ontario, until a recently elected provincial government cancelled them). However, the price of eligible vehicles is limited to $45,000, which excludes all currently available Tesla… Read more »

Lion launches Class 8 urban electric truck

Québec-based EV manufacturer The Lion Electric Company has launched an electric Class 8 urban truck, the Lion8. The truck, funded in part by the Québec government’s Climate Change Action Plan, will be commercialized this fall. The Lion8 will have a range of 250 miles, and was designed for North American weather and road conditions. The… Read more »

Tesla Model Y electric crossover revealed – deliveries to begin in fall 2020

Electric cars are now officially S3XY. Tesla revealed the final component of Elon Musk’s suggestive orthographic adventure at the usual sound-and-light show at the Hawthorne Design Studio. There were few surprises, other than the fact that Tesla will offer an optional 7-seat configuration. The Y’s form factor is both practical (it’s smaller than the X,… Read more »

Berlin orders 15 more electric buses from Solaris

Berlin’s public transport operator BVG has ordered fifteen articulated electric buses from Solaris, a Polish bus and trolleybus manufacturer. The Solaris Urbino 18-meter buses will be delivered in 2020. The value of the contract, including charging infrastructure, is €13.2 million. Each of the buses will have a battery capacity of 174 kWh. They will be… Read more »

Tesla turnaround: some retail stores will stay open, prices will increase

Tesla can’t quite seem to make up its mind about its retail sites (or “galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers” if you prefer). Two weeks ago, the company announced plans to close most of its stores “in order to pass the savings along to our customers.” Now this decision seems to have been partially reversed…. Read more »

GKN demonstrates EV with two-speed transmission and torque vectoring

Driveline supplier GKN Automotive has announced the GTD19 demonstrator EV, which features a two-speed transmission and torque vectoring on the front axle. The GTD19 is based on a standard Jeep Renegade and is undergoing testing at GKN’s winter testing program in Arjeplog, Sweden. The GTD19 replaces the Renegade’s internal combustion engine with a 120 kW… Read more »