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The Vehicles

Life on the farm won’t be the same with the Electric Monarch autonomous tractor

We’ve seen electric tractors before, but the Monarch Tractor features autonomous operation and data-gathering features, and the company’s marketing material promises farmers substantial annual cost savings. Considering the expansive set of features, we were (pleasantly) surprised to see that the company isn’t touting its product as “the Tesla of tractors”—despite (or because of) the fact… Read more »

Rivian becomes one of the world’s most valuable automakers—with no revenue

Are investors farsighted or foolhardy? A little of both, in our view—but there’s no question that Wall Street believes in an electric future. EV startup Rivian went public last week, raising nearly $12 billion to give the company a valuation of around $77 billion. Since then, RIVN stock has soared, making the company one of… Read more »

European shipping company orders 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks

DFDS, a shipping and logistics firm based in Northern Europe, has placed an order with Volvo Trucks for 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks. The deal is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks. Deliveries of the trucks will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023. Volvo Financial Services… Read more »

Wright Electric proposes to convert BAe 146 regional aircraft to hydrogen or aluminum fuel cell drive

Electric aviation is in its infancy—as far as we know, no e-planes are yet carrying passengers in commercial service. However, several firms are rapidly developing electric aircraft—Rolls Royce, Bye Aerospace, Heart Aerospace and Eviation are developing battery-electric planes, while ZeroAvia is placing its bet on hydrogen fuel cells. California-based Wright Electric is taking what appears… Read more »

Mitsubishi unveils new version of Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi has revealed a new fourth generation of its Outlander PHEV crossover SUV. Sales will commence in Japan in December, followed by Australia and New Zealand in the first half of 2022 and North America in the second half. The redesigned Outlander is built on a newly developed platform, and features several updates. The newly… Read more »

Austin’s CapMetro orders 30 electric buses, plus EVSE, from New Flyer

Austin’s Capital Metro Transportation Authority has ordered 26 of New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot electric transit buses, and four Xcelsior CHARGE NG sixty-foot buses. The five-year contract includes options to purchase up to 126 forty-foot and up to 15 sixty-foot battery-electric buses, and up to 427 chargers (197 depot plug-in chargers, 197 depot overhead… Read more »

Proterra and Komatsu partner to electrify underground mining machines

Commercial vehicle OEM Proterra is collaborating with construction and mining equipment specialist Komatsu to electrify next-generation underground mining machines using Proterra’s battery technology. Proterra will supply its H Series battery system technology to Komatsu for the development of battery-electric Load Haul Dump (LHD) vehicles, drills and bolters for underground hard rock mining. Komatsu plans to… Read more »

Long Beach Transit orders 20 next-generation New Flyer electric buses

Long Beach Transit in California has ordered 20 next-generation battery-electric 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses from NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America, under a three-year contract. This order is supported by Federal Transit Administration funds. Long Beach Transit serves over 23 million customers annually in Los Angeles County and Orange County. The agency plans… Read more »

Book review—Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century

Considering the massive media coverage of Tesla over the last decade, it may seem surprising that there aren’t more books about the company. When I first released my history of Tesla in 2014, I expected to have a short window of exclusivity before a “real” book—one with a hard cover and celebrity blurbs on the… Read more »