The Vehicles

Polestar to become Volvo’s electrified performance brand

Polestar, Volvo’s performance car subsidiary, is to be transformed into a new brand for electrified vehicles. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior VP of Design at Volvo, will assume the position of CEO at Polestar. “Thomas heading up the Polestar organization shows our commitment to establishing a truly differentiated stand-alone brand within the Volvo Car Group,” said Håkan… Read more »

Peugeot premium brand DS accelerates EV development with help from Formula E

Peugeot has announced that its premium brand, DS Automobiles, will accelerate the development of electrified cars. Starting with the new DS 7 Crossback, it plans to release a new hybrid or electric model every year. “DS is entering the electrified vehicles scene,” said DS Product and Development Director Eric Apode. “By 2025, more than a… Read more »

Park City Transit deploys six Proterra electric buses under battery-leasing arrangement

Park City Transit has deployed a battery-electric mass transit fleet that will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. A free transit service called the Electric Xpress will provide clean, quiet transportation to residents and tourists throughout the region’s ski resort community. Park City has one of the nation’s most ambitious climate targets – its goal… Read more »

Arcimoto, maker of 3-wheel EV, files for IPO

Arcimoto, the maker of a three-wheeled electric “Fun Utility Vehicle,” has filed an Offering Circular with the SEC for a potential future listing on NASDAQ. Oregon-based Arcimoto was founded in 2007 – the name means “Future I Drive.” The two-seater Arcimoto SRK is designed to deliver “the thrill of a motorcycle on every trip to… Read more »

UK environmental group calls for a better government plan to tackle air pollution

England’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has criticised the central government’s air quality plans for unfairly shifting the burden to local authorities. According to CIEH, the government has failed to recognise that poor air quality is a national issue, offloading responsibility onto local authorities, who are being set up for failure if proposed plans… Read more »

LeEco pulls out, but Aston Martin will still produce electric RapidE

In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it would work with Chinese tech company LeEco on the RapidE, an electric version of the Rapide four-door sports sedan. LeEco, facing a cash crunch, has pulled out of the project, but Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer told Reuters that his company will still produce the EV…. Read more »

Oregon legislature approves new EV rebates (and new fees)

The Oregon House and Senate have approved a $5.3-billion transportation funding package that includes point-of-purchase rebates for EVs. Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the legislation within the next few days. The bill authorizes $12 million each year for six years to fund rebates for the purchase or lease of a new EV or… Read more »

Analyst predicts Tesla will have a near-monopoly in EVs

As Tesla soars and the legacy automakers waffle, a classic disruption scenario, unthinkable only a couple of years ago, seems ever more likely. The latest to reach this conclusion is analyst Alexander Haissl of Hamburg’s Berenberg Bank, who predicts in a recent report that Tesla will end up with a near-monopoly of the EV market…. Read more »