The Vehicles

Shenzhen goes fully electric with over 16,000 electric buses

Electric buses are in service in many North American and European cities, notably London, which has committed to eliminating pure diesel (non-hybrid) buses, and Los Angeles, which plans to make its fleet emissions-free by 2030. 12 major cities have pledged to buy only all-electric buses starting in 2025. However, these efforts pale in comparison to… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains’ PowerDrive 8000 electrification kit for Class 8 trucks

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has expanded its PowerDrive product family to include a heavy-duty offering suitable for Class 8 vehicles. EDI will offer its PowerDrive 8000 series as an electrification kit and developer support program for OEMs looking to quickly bring heavy-duty electrified vehicle offerings to market. EDI’s medium-duty PowerDrive 6000 and 7000 series products… Read more »

Automakers’ fight against fuel efficiency is nothing new

As the world’s transportation system begins to make the transition to electric power, automakers (except for one) are being dragged into the future kicking and screaming by governments. To anyone familiar with the companies’ history, this should come as no surprise. A new article from the Union of Concerned Scientists recounts the industry’s long history… Read more »

New York FedEx service provider adds Workhorse electric van to fleet

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has announced that Colonial Routes, in Farmington, New York, is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse’s new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles. Workhorse’s new FedEx Ground vehicle program is now open to contractors nationwide. The company’s E-GEN and E-100 vans are… Read more »

Volkswagen coordinates EV platform strategy with suppliers

Volkswagen’s Board of Management recently held what it called an MEB Supplier Summit to discuss its new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), a platform that will be used for the company’s next generation of EVs, with key suppliers. “To date, more than 100 suppliers have already been nominated within the framework of our electric offensive,”… Read more »

Yosemite National Park buys two Proterra electric buses

California’s Yosemite National Park has ordered two Proterra Catalyst electric buses. The world-famous tourist destination will be the first US National Park to add zero-emission buses to its permanent shuttle fleet. With more than five million visitors each year, Yosemite relies on its shuttle program to encourage park visitors to park once and use a… Read more »

Is Toyota changing its tune? 10 new EVs in the pipeline

Toyota, the world’s second-largest automaker, and one of the largest electrification skeptics (its execs have made statements disparaging battery EVs, and its Lexus subsidiary has run ads mocking EVs), now says it plans to launch 10 new pure EVs by “the early 2020s,” and to add electrified variants to its entire lineup by 2025. “As a mass-market… Read more »