The Vehicles

Wrightspeed plug-in garbage trucks take to the road

California refuse collection company the Ratto Group will roll out 15 refuse trucks retrofitted with Wrightspeed’s Route range-extended electric powertrain over the next 12 months. The Wrightspeed Route powertrain is optimized for heavy-duty frequent-stop drive cycles, like those of refuse trucks. It replaces a vehicle’s engine, transmission and differential systems with a fuel-agnostic microturbine generator… Read more »

Automakers already lobbying Trump to relax emissions standards

Barely two days after his election, US automakers contacted the new president-elect to urge him to “reform” federal regulation of the industry, including fuel economy, emissions, autonomy and safety standards. In a letter to the Trump transition team (via Automotive News), the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers proposed that the new administration pause the ongoing midterm evaluation… Read more »

Nissan sells its 75,000th EV in Europe

Nissan has announced that European LEAF sales have risen 10 percent in the first half of FY16 compared with the same period last year. The latest figures also reveal that there are more than 75,000 Nissan EV owners in Europe. This milestone follows the recent announcement that 260,000 Nissan EVs have been sold worldwide. Nissan’s… Read more »

New report highlights five years of growth in Oregon’s electromobility industry

The state of Oregon is an enthusiastic adopter of EVs, second only to California. A new report released by the trade group Drive Oregon explores the achievements of the state’s EV industry over the past five years, and discusses market trends that are shaping the sector’s future. The new report notes that sales of EVs… Read more »

Proterra to deliver 10 Catalyst e-buses to shuttle service in downtown Chicago

Property management giant JLL (NYSE:JLL) plans to lease 10 Proterra Catalyst electric buses to provide commuter shuttle services between Chicago’s commuter train stations and two of the city’s tallest buildings, the Prudential Plaza and Aon Center. The electric shuttle fleet, which is funded in part by Drive Clean Chicago, will begin service in December. “Increasingly,… Read more »

Faraday Future begins work on US EV manufacturing plant

EV startup Faraday Future  has begun construction of a $1-billion, 3-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas. Industrial construction firm AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is handling the project, and is already engaged in demolition and grading at the site. The facility will include sustainability features such as prismatic skylights for daylighting, roof-mounted solar panels, and energy-efficient heating… Read more »

New CARB plan aims to put more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities

The California Air Resources Board has adopted a revised funding plan for proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade program that aims to help more lower-income consumers buy clean vehicles. It also includes investments in zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses. Highlights of the revised plan include: $133 million to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which offers… Read more »

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has sold 25,000 units in the UK

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has become a big hit in the UK – sales recently passed the 25,000 mark, and the Japanese SUV now represents about half the total number of PHEVs registered in the island nation, where some 13 plug-in hybrid models are available. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was first launched in Japan in 2013,… Read more »

MINI previews upcoming PHEV model

MINI execs have previewed the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model, and announced that the series development process is almost complete. The upcoming MINI can drive in all-electric mode at speeds of up to 50 mph. Said Head of MINI Brand Management Sebastian Mackensen, this is a question of character: “In a hybrid MINI model, driving… Read more »