The Vehicles

Musk goes to China – new Tesla Gigafactory is groundbreaking in more ways than one

Tesla’s construction of its next Gigafactory in China will be a historic event for several reasons. The facility will be of critical importance for the company, allowing it to deliver cars at competitive prices to the world’s largest auto market. Its accelerated development timeline – Tesla expects Gigafactory 3 to begin production this year –… Read more »

Volvo’s Polestar teases all-electric sedan, calls it a competitor for Tesla Model 3

Yeah, yeah – the media describes every new vehicle with an electric motor as a Tesla competitor, even if it’s a scooter or a bulldozer. However, not every automaker dares to call out Tesla by name, so let’s give Polestar points for audacity. Polestar, Volvo’s performance-cum-electric brand, has released an image of its upcoming all-electric… Read more »

California ARB considers adopting zero-emission airport shuttle regulation

The California Air Resources Board will conduct a public hearing in February to consider a proposed Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle regulation. The regulation would require airport shuttles serving California’s 13 largest airports to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035. It would apply to public and private fleets, including operators of parking facilities, rental car… Read more »

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle now available for pre-orders

Hell announced an unprecedented coat of frost this week, as Harley-Davidson began taking orders for the LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle. The 2020 LiveWire is now available for US dealer pre-orders at a starting MSRP of $29,799. Deliveries to the US are expected to begin this fall. The LiveWire, which Harley calls “the perfect… Read more »

FIA approves Tesla Model S racing series

The dream of a Tesla racing series is rapidly becoming a reality. The Electric Production Car Series (originally called Electric GT), has been officially sanctioned by the FIA, the governing body for world motorsports. The EPCS will be the second FIA racing series for electric cars, joining the Formula E series, which recently kicked off… Read more »

Elon Musk breaks ground at Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory

Elon Musk joined the mayor of Shanghai and other local government officials for a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of Tesla’s new Chinese plant. Tesla plans to invest around $2 billion in the facility, which is expected to have a capacity of about 500,000 vehicles per year. The company hopes to finish initial construction this… Read more »

Toyota and Lexus have hybrids for every taste

Toyota has got the hybrid powertrain down pat. Having honed its hybrid technology over the last 22 years of building the Prius, which has sold over 10 million units and is now in its 4th generation, the Japanese giant now offers seven different hybrid models, and its luxury brand Lexus offers six more. Charged recently… Read more »

Electric truck maker Workhorse secures $35 million in new financing, works with Duke on battery leasing program

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS), which manufactures electric delivery vans for UPS, FedEx and other fleet operators, has secured $35 million in new financing from Marathon Asset Management. Workhorse will use the proceeds to repay a July 2018 round of senior secured notes, and to acquire parts to fulfill customer orders. Marathon will provide the funds… Read more »

China to cut EV subsidies by 30% in 2019

Generous subsidies have helped China to become by far the world’s largest EV market. However, the government has begun to phase out the incentives – EV subsidies are expected to be substantially reduced in 2019, and eliminated completely in 2020. “Next year’s subsidies will likely be reduced by approximately 30% compared with this year,” a… Read more »