The Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz and Geely register smart Automobile Co. joint venture in China

Automotive powerhouses Mercedes-Benz and Geely have formally established the global joint venture “smart Automobile Co., Ltd.” for the smart brand. Each company will contribute 2.7 billion RMB in capital. The new JV, headquartered in Hangzhou Bay, China, will design the new vehicles using the Mercedes-Benz Design network, while Geely Holding will be responsible for development… Read more »

Dominion Energy selects Thomas Built Jouley for electric school bus initiative

Dominion Energy has selected Thomas Built Buses (TBB) as the provider of 50 electric school buses, which will make up the initial phase of Dominion’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. According to TBB, this program represents the largest deployment of electric school buses in the US to date. TBB’s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley is… Read more »

Volkswagen acquires 20% of Chinese battery maker Guoxuan

Volkswagen plans to acquire 20% of Chinese battery maker Guoxuan, Reuters reports, accelerating the German giant’s foray into China’s growing EV market. At current prices, the 20% stake would be worth about $560 million. Volkswagen is currently the top foreign automaker in China, and has set a goal of selling 1.5 million new energy vehicles… Read more »

Hyundai and Kia invest in UK EV startup Arrival, will develop EVs together

Hyundai and Kia plan to invest €100 million ($111 million) in UK-based Arrival, and to work with the EV startup to develop new vehicles. Arrival has sold its electric delivery trucks, which are native EVs – not conversions of ICE vehicles – to the Royal Mail and UPS. “Arrival, Hyundai, and Kia will use Arrival’s… Read more »

FCA aims to develop a more ethical cobalt supply chain

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recently joined forces with the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network in a move to improve its sustainability efforts. The automaker will begin using blockchain technology to help ensure sustainable sourcing and production practices through audits that map the mining history of its raw cobalt supply. The first of these blockchain-powered audits is set… Read more »

Volvo Buses grows its battery recycling program

Volvo Buses is amping up its green portfolio. It’s introducing a program to recycle its bus batteries by transforming them into a source of energy for a Gothenburg residential complex. The program, which began late last year in partnership with Stena Property and Stena Recycling, is similar to one the company is already running with… Read more »

China will not cut EV subsidies this year

China will not make significant cuts to subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEVs) this year, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei told a recent gathering of auto industry execs. The government-backed Beijing News confirmed that “this year’s NEV subsidy policy will remain relatively stable and there will not be significant cuts.” China implemented… Read more »

California and 7 other states commit to faster electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

California is joining with seven other states to develop an action plan to put hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses on the roads. This new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle collaborative effort will be implemented through the multi-state ZEV Task Force, and will be facilitated by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management… Read more »