The Vehicles

New report: Some electric buses are already cheaper to run than legacy buses

If you talk to manufacturers of electric buses, such as Proterra and BYD, they’ll tell you that their lower fuel and maintenance costs make them a no-brainer for transit agencies. However, a new report jointly released by the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative and Bloomberg New Energy Finance paints a more cautiously optimistic picture. According to… Read more »

EXOMO electrifies recreational aviation with electric paramotor

Yet another type of vehicle that’s going electric: the paramotor (a motor worn on a pilot’s back to power a paraglider). EXOMO, a collaboration between French paramotor school Aeronature and aeronautics specialist Aero Composites Saintonge (which made the E-Fan demonstrator for the Airbus Group), has introduced the Integral, a new design for electric paramotors that… Read more »

New York awards 5,750 plug-in rebates in first year of Drive Clean Rebate Program

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that over 5,750 consumers have received plug-in vehicle purchase rebates since the state’s Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for eligible vehicles. The program has paid out more than $7.5 million in rebates to… Read more »

Nissan starts LEAF battery exchange program in Japan

Starting in May, Japanese LEAF owners will be able to exchange their old batteries for refurbished ones. Nissan will initially offer 24 kWh refabricated batteries for ¥300,000 ($2,853) each. Prices for brand-new replacement batteries range from $6,182 for a 24 kWh battery to $7,800 for the 40 kWh version. Nissan is using the battery-rebuilding capabilities… Read more »

Costa Rican government deploys fleet of Mitsubishi plug-in vehicles

The government of Japan has delivered a fleet of 20 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and 29 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to the government of Costa Rica, as part of the Overseas Development Agreement between the two countries. The new vehicles will be used by 15 government agencies and universities. Costa Rica is a land of rugged terrain and… Read more »

Polish city orders 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses

The city of Gdynia in Poland has ordered 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses from the Polish firm Solaris Bus & Coach, at a total cost of around $28 million. In addition to traditional trolleybus drivelines, which draw power from overhead wires, the new Solaris buses will be fitted with batteries that enable driving off the traction line…. Read more »

Tesla’s Model S and X Program Manager moves to Volkswagen

Volkswagen has appointed former Tesla exec Matthew Renna as Vice President, North American Region G4. Renna will manage VW’s “NAR-G4” team, overseeing the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), the automaker’s modular EV platform. His responsibilities will include “product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch, and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.”… Read more »

Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery van coming to San Francisco

Commercial EV-maker Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) is deploying a fleet of its electric N-GEN cargo vans in the San Francisco Bay area, in partnership with Ryder System, Workhorse’s exclusive maintenance provider. To commemorate the launch, Workhorse will display the N-GEN at City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 28. Designed from the ground up… Read more »