The Vehicles

Madrid car-sharing service launches with 500 Renault ZOEs

Renault has partnered with global infrastructure operator Ferrovial Services to create a car-sharing service in Madrid, called Zity. The new company will initially offer a fleet of 500 ZOE EVs located within the capital’s M-30 beltway, and in some adjoining areas. Ferrovial operates toll roads, airports and other municipal services in more than 20 countries…. Read more »

New plug-in Ford Transit van debuts in UK

Ford’s new plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van made its debut at the recent Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in Millbrook, UK. Scheduled for volume production in 2019, the Transit Custom PHEV is expected to have a 31-mile electric range, and features Ford’s EcoBoost 1.0-liter gasoline engine as a range extender. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack… Read more »

Evum Motors develops a simple and rugged EV for the developing world

Evum Motors, a spin-out from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has a mission to promote electric mobility in the developing world. Evum’s concept vehicle, which the company developed in cooperation with local universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, is a fully electric multi-purpose light truck designed to suit local needs. It features a… Read more »

New study: There’s no “free ride” for ZEV area neighbors; regions need their own policies

A new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has concluded that, even if a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate drives significant ZEV adoption, there is no “free-riding” ZEV adoption in neighboring areas. Regions wanting to boost EV adoption will need to implement their own stringent policies. In “No free ride to zero-emissions:… Read more »

Jaguar Land Rover will electrify all its vehicles from 2020

Jaguar Land Rover has become the second legacy automaker (after Volvo) to announce that it will soon add electrification to all its vehicles. “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice,” said CEO Dr. Ralf Speth at the company’s inaugural Tech Fest, a public exhibition… Read more »

Volvo receives largest-ever order of electric buses for Trondheim, Norway

Transit operator Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses for the city of Trondheim, Norway, Volvo’s largest-ever order of fully electric buses. Trondheim’s transit agency, AtB, was among the first in Europe to order hybrid buses from Volvo in 2010. The new acquisition will bring Trondheim’s fleet of electric buses… Read more »

Clean Energy Credit Union offers financing for EVs

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has granted a federal charter to a new credit union based in Boulder, Colorado, called the Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU), which will serve members of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), also based in Boulder. CECU’s mission is to promote clean energy by offering low-cost loans tailored to… Read more »

Tesla Semi to be unveiled in late October

The Tesla Semi is on its way, but it’s been stuck in traffic on the Interstate. Elon Musk now says the new electric and autonomous Class 8 tractor is “tentatively scheduled” for unveiling and test rides on October 26, about a month behind the previously announced schedule. “Worth seeing this beast in person,” tweeted Musk…. Read more »

Drive Electric Northern Colorado successfully boosts EV adoption

The Electrification Coalition (EC) has released a case study documenting the nation’s first EV accelerator community: Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC). The EC first described its accelerator community concept in its 2009 Electrification Roadmap. The idea is to leverage public-private partnerships to drive widespread EV deployment. DENC was launched in 2013 in the Colorado cities… Read more »

VW chief: Diesel engines have “a great future”

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller rejected predictions of diesel’s demise, saying that the diesel engine has “a great future” ahead of it. “The diesels we are offering today are clean,” Mueller told CNBC at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. “They comply with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure requirements, and they meet the requirements and… Read more »