The Vehicles

Bollinger Motors explores a new market with the DELIVER-E delivery van concept

When Robert Bollinger founded Bollinger Motors in 2015, he did not follow the typical EV startup formula. There were no former Tesla executives and no deep-pocketed Chinese investors, and the strategy was not to build a luxury sedan, but rather a rough-and-ready electric work truck. With a no-nonsense design, powerful specs and a $125,000 price… Read more »

Elon Musk expects manufacturing to be Tesla’s ace in the hole

Tesla is increasing its focus on perfecting its manufacturing process. As Zachary Shahan writes in a recent CleanTechnica article, “the machine that builds the machine” just may be Elon Musk’s favorite phrase these days. In fact, Musk expects Tesla’s manufacturing prowess to give it an edge over other EV-makers. “Tesla’s long-term competitive advantage will be… Read more »

Amazon orders 1,800 Mercedes-Benz electric vans

Amazon made a splash in the EV world last September when it ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from EV startup Rivian. Now the company says it will buy an additional 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz. The order includes 1,200 large eSprinter electric vans and 600 medium-size eVito electric vans. It represents Mercedes-Benz Vans’ largest order… Read more »

Refreshed Bolt EV and new Bolt EUV to be produced in summer 2021

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has earned some impressive reviews since its 2016 launch. Earlier this year, it performed the notable feat of increasing sales by 36% in the first quarter—a period during which overall Chevy sales were down (at least part of that success was due to heavy discounting). The Bolt is believed to be… Read more »

Michael Dunne shares the latest Chinese EV news in the transport treehouse

The transport treehouse podcast is a good place to hear some of the world’s top EV experts talk about trends in the industry. Hosts Chelsea Sexton and Russell Frost are two of the most experienced EV journalists out there, and they have an ongoing stream of guests who have expertise in various aspects of the… Read more »

California makes $27 million in funding available for zero-emission trucks

The state of California is offering $27 million in funding to replace polluting trucks with zero-emission vehicles. This is the first installment of $90 million that will be made available for the Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks category, which includes freight trucks (including drayage), waste haulers, dump trucks and concrete mixers. Existing… Read more »

UK utility EDF aggressively pushes EVs to its customers

Electric utilities have always been pretty keen on EVs, for obvious reasons. However, now that the possibilities of V2G technology are coming into focus, some utilities are becoming fervent EVangelists. Aggregating large numbers of EVs into giant “virtual batteries,” which is already taking place in pilots around the world, facilitates the integration of renewable energy… Read more »

Xcel Energy wants 1.5 million EVs in its midwestern service area by 2030

Utility holding company Xcel Energy, which serves customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, the Dakotas, Texas and Wisconsin, is hoping to have 1.5 million EVs in its service areas by 2030. This would represent 20% of all vehicles on the road, or about 30 times the number today. Xcel estimates that deploying 1.5 million… Read more »

Hyundai to spin off IONIQ as an EV-only brand, and launch three new EVs by 2024

Hyundai has launched a new brand called IONIQ, which will be dedicated to battery-electric vehicles. The company plans to introduce three new IONIQ EVs over the next four years. Hyundai Motor Group (which includes the Kia and Genesis brands) aims to sell one million BEVs by 2025, representing a 10 percent share of the global… Read more »

Tampa, Florida secures federal grant to deploy four electric buses

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), which serves the Tampa, Florida, metropolitan area, has secured a $2.7-million federal grant to buy four electric buses, which are expected to be in service in two years. The federal grant will cover half the total project cost, which also includes underground wiring and charging stations. HART and… Read more »