The Vehicles

New CEO confirms Honda will go all-electric by 2040

Honda has become the first major Japanese automaker to set an official date for phasing out sales of fossil-powered vehicles. New CEO Toshihiro Mibe has announced that his company hopes to go all-electric by 2040. Mibe’s announcement confirms a shift that Honda has been hinting at for some months. In 2020, the company partnered with… Read more »

Merchants Fleet introduces turnkey fleet electrification adoption tool

Fleet management company Merchants Fleet has launched a new tool designed to educate and assist clients as they make the transition to EVs. Merchants Fleet has been providing fleet management and leasing solutions for over 50 years. The company’s new AdoptEV service provides a personalized plan to guide current and potential clients through the process… Read more »

An EV laggard reverses course—Australian’s New South Wales announces promising pro-EV policy package

Australia is one of the least charged of the world’s wealthy countries. During the 2019 elections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison characterized EVs as a threat to Australians’ way of life, and that seems to have set the tone for Australia’s EV policy, or lack thereof, ever since. Until now, there has been little or no… Read more »

Heart Aerospace secures $35 million for electric planes, purchase order from United Airlines

Gothenburg, Sweden-based Heart Aerospace has raised $35 million in a Series A financing round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, United Airlines Ventures and Mesa Air Group. Heart Aerospace’s first aircraft will be the ES-19, a battery-electric 19-passenger regional airplane. Heart expects to begin deliveries for commercial use by 2026. The first-generation aircraft will have a… Read more »

Jet It and JetClub order eFlyer 800 electric planes from Bye Aerospace

Electric aircraft manufacturer Bye Aerospace has secured a pair of launch customers for its eFlyer 800, an 8-seat all-electric twin turboprop-class airplane. Jet It and JetClub, North American and European sister companies that provide fractional aircraft ownership, have agreed to purchase a fleet of eFlyer 800 aircraft. Bye Aerospace expects the eFlyer 800 to deliver… Read more »

Atlanta receives $5.4-million federal grant to buy electric commuter coaches

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) has secured a $5.4-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low-No Program to purchase electric buses. “We have secured this funding because electrification of Georgia’s public bus fleet is an economic and environmental imperative,” said US Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA). “These new buses will reduce air pollution and increase… Read more »

Volvo Penta starts producing powertrain for Rosenbauer’s electric fire truck

Volvo Penta has commenced production of bespoke electric drivelines for vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer’s new fire truck. Volvo Penta and its customer Rosenbauer adapted proven technology from Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses to create a completely new vehicle architecture. The new truck, named Revolutionary Technology (RT), pushed Volvo Penta’s electric drivelines to new heights. Unlike other… Read more »

NYC’s new school bus contract includes electric bus pilot

New York City has finalized a new contract to operate its fleet of school buses, and an electric bus pilot project is part of the plan. The five-year contract, which involves 41 companies, half a dozen municipal agencies, several labor unions, and a budget of $1.5 billion per year, will govern school bus operations in… Read more »

Switzerland reports 40% market share for electrified vehicles year-to-date

We thought the latest news from California was impressive—electrified vehicles have reached a 20% share of the market—until we saw the latest stats from Switzerland. So far in 2021, battery-electric vehicles have captured 9.9% of the market, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have reached 8.3%, and hybrids have taken 20.6%. That’s a total of almost 40% of… Read more »

Moscow stops buying diesel buses, will have 1,000 electric buses by the end of 2021

Moscow boasts the largest fleet of electric transit buses in Europe. By the end of 2021, there will be 1,000 e-buses on the streets of the Russian capital. Now the Moscow transit authority reports that it will generally buy no more diesel buses. “Starting this year, by the decision of the Mayor of Moscow, we… Read more »