The Vehicles

The Tesla of lawn mowers

Electrification is coming to vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from buses to ferries to aircraft. The humble lawn mower is no exception – for a couple of years, your correspondent has been happily tending his humble brown patch with a battery-electric mower, and will never go back to gas. My Worx mower cost only… Read more »

Renault acquires commercial EV specialist PVI

Groupe Renault has acquired the French company Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI), which specializes in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electricity or natural gas. PVI worked with Renault on the development of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. This large electric van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January and is due to… Read more »

GM sells Opel to PSA – What does this mean for the European Bolt?

GM has confirmed that it will sell its European Opel division to PSA Peugeot Citroën, for 2.2 billion euros ($2.33 billion). GM has controlled Opel for more than 90 years, but it has lost almost $20 billion over the past two decades. Currency fluctuations due to Brexit contributed to a $257 million loss in 2016,… Read more »

Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) will deliver plug-in hybrid electric systems for three new ferries to be designed by Multi Maritime and built by Havyard Ship Technology. Each ferry has a capacity of 50 cars and 199 persons. Two will operate on the route between Brekstad and Valset, and one between Sandvikvåg and Husavik. The first… Read more »

Rocket Man – Elon Musk In His Own Words (book review)

Like Einstein, Picasso and Muhammad Ali, Elon Musk is a great aphorist. His pithy sayings are continually quoted in contexts ranging far beyond the techie press. In fact, whole web sites (shitelonsays.com) have been devoted to the utterances of the Californic oracle. Not all those who do great things are good at explaining how they… Read more »