The Vehicles

FedEx to electrify its delivery fleet by 2040

FedEx has announced a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. The delivery giant will invest $2 billion in vehicle electrification, sustainable energy and carbon sequestration. By 2040, FedEx says its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet will consist of electric vehicles. The goal will be met through phased programs to replace existing vehicles—by… Read more »

Ford CEO: US government needs to support domestic battery production

Ford CEO Jim Farley says the US government needs to support domestic battery production and the rollout of public charging infrastructure. “We need to bring large-scale battery production to the US,” Farley said at a recent financial conference, adding that he planned to bring up the issue in upcoming talks with government leaders. The coming… Read more »

Volvo to go fully electric by 2030, announces new C40 Recharge EV, online sales

Volvo became the latest automaker to announce a phaseout of fossil-fuel vehicles, and it did so with a stronger statement than GM, Ford and Jaguar have done. No “aspirations,” no plug-in hybrids, no exceptions for profitable models, and no geographic carve-outs: “Volvo Cars is committed to becoming a leader in the fast-growing premium electric car… Read more »

Ford Mustang Mach-E turns heads with its looks, closes the deal with practicality and price

Man, this car is an attention-getter! The Ford Mustang Mach-E has been drawing far more comments and questions from passers-by than any of the dozens of other plug-in vehicles I’ve evaluated, including the Porsche Taycan and several Teslas. As I’ve been driving it around town, at least a dozen people per day have asked me… Read more »

Washington raises the stakes with California, proposing to phase out gas cars by 2030

Washington may soon become the third US state to fix a date for the end of the Oil Age. The state House Transportation Committee has voted 17-12 to advance a bill that would require all light-duty vehicles of model year 2030 and later registered in the state to be electric. The bill will now move… Read more »

Heavy-duty electric trucks start to appear in fleets

Charged has been reporting on electric trucks for a decade, but the electrification of real-world fleets has been frustratingly slow, and several would-be e-truck builders have gone bust waiting for fleet operators to conduct years-long pilots. Now we’re finally starting to see some large orders. Will 2021 be the year of the electric truck? A… Read more »

Formula E electric racing begins first season as an FIA world championship in Saudi Arabia

Formula E, the urban electric racing series, begins its seventh season, and its first as an official FIA World Championship, on February 26 and 27, with a nighttime double header on the streets of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. This season’s events will be broadcast live in over 150 countries around the world. Formula E has inked… Read more »

Chip shortage forces Tesla to briefly idle Model 3 production line

Driving home the point that cars are computers, the global auto industry is reeling from a global shortage of microchips. Several major automakers have announced shutdowns or slowdowns because of the supply bottleneck. The shortage appears to have forced Tesla to briefly shut down its Model 3 production line at Fremont. An unnamed source told… Read more »

Aptera raises $4 million from Series A investors, including Sandy Munro

Aptera Motors has a very different strategy from that of most EV startups. Rather than a luxury sedan or a crowd-pleasing pickup truck, the San Diego-based company is building what it says will be the world’s most efficient vehicle—an EV with a solar panel on the roof, and as much as 1,000 miles of range…. Read more »

Hydrogen-powered double-decker buses hit the streets in Scotland

The Scottish city of Aberdeen has launched a fleet of 15 hydrogen-powered double-decker buses. Scotland’s third-largest city, Aberdeen is known as the Granite City or the Silver City, because of its many buildings made of locally-quarried granite. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, it has also been known as the offshore… Read more »