The Vehicles

Guangzhou Automobile Group building industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles

Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles. Located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district, the park has a planned area of 5 square km. More than 45 billion yuan ($6.5 billion) is expected to be invested in the project, by both GAC and other enterprises… Read more »

Volkswagen to invest €10 billion in advanced powertrains, but will continue clinging to diesel

The Volkswagen Group has invested some €3 billion ($3.3 billion) in “alternative” drive technologies over the past five years, and plans to triple this amount over the next five years, said CEO Matthias Müller at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Hanover. “The future is electric. We intend to be the number one in e-mobility… Read more »

California Energy Commission awards $36 million for clean transportation projects

The California Energy Commission has awarded more than $36 million in grants for various clean energy transportation projects. The South Coast Air Quality Management District and Long Beach Harbor Department received $10 million each and the Los Angeles Harbor Department received $4.5 million to conduct field demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and cargo handling… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems to power 13 electric school buses

Motiv Power Systems, in partnership with school bus manufacturer Trans Tech, will build 13 zero-emission school buses for two school districts in the Sacramento region. The project is supported by a $7.5-million grant from the California Air Resources Board. The Trans Tech eSeries buses will be built on the Ford E450 chassis, and powered by… Read more »

Proterra testing autonomous electric buses in Reno

City buses are slowly but steadily going electric, and they could soon begin to go driverless as well. Electric bus maker Proterra, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Nevada Reno and the German Fraunhofer Institute, is testing autonomous buses on the streets of Reno. The first phase of the pilot project will focus… Read more »

BYD Introduces Class 8 electric refuse truck

Even the humble garbage truck is going electric. BYD introduced its Class 8 electric refuse truck at the recent ACT Expo in Long Beach. The truck is a cab and chassis platform, which includes the batteries, high-voltage control system, electric propulsion system, and an electric power take-off (ePTO) which powers the hydraulic system that operates… Read more »

Elon Musk: GM is in it for the CARB credits, will produce only 25,000 Chevy Bolts per year

As a plethora of pundits pontificate about Tesla and the hypothetical competition for its upcoming Model 3, many fall into error because they don’t understand the dynamic between Tesla, which exists to sell EVs, and the legacy automakers, which grudgingly sell a few in order to comply with government regulations. Elon Musk is happy to… Read more »

60-foot articulated electric bus hits the streets of Southern California

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which serves half a million residents of northern Los Angeles County, has taken delivery of a BYD 60-foot articulated electric bus. AVTA has ordered thirteen of the 60-foot e-buses, part of its campaign to fully electrify its fleet by 2018. BYD is building the buses at its factory in… Read more »