The Vehicles

Documentary offers some new footage from Tesla’s Gigafactory (but you might want to mute the sound)

A new documentary segment from Discovery’s Science Channel offers a rare, brief look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. The 10-minute segment, part of an episode of the Super Factories series, features a bit of new footage from inside the Gigafactory, where few mortals have been permitted to tread. Highlights include some cool shots of… Read more »

Buick launches Velite 6 PHEV in China

China is Buick’s largest market, and the brand seems to be GM’s chosen channel to introduce its new energy vehicles. Buick offers a wide range of electrified models, from 48 V mild-hybrids to pure EVs, in China. Last October, Buick launched the Velite 6 Plus, an EV with a range of 255 miles. Now Buick… Read more »

Plug-in market share powers past 8% in the UK, Germany and France

What a difference a few years (and some judicious government policy) makes. Back in 2014, the US was the center of the EV scene, and sales in Europe had yet to crack the one-percent mark. Now the Continent has left us behind. In June, the market share of plug-in vehicles exceeded 8% in all of… Read more »

Hyliion claims 1,000 pre-orders for its CNG hybrid Class 8 truck

Hyliion, a developer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, has launched a new natural-gas series-hybrid electric powertrain. The Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX) combines an electric drivetrain with a natural gas-powered onboard generator. It delivers 25 miles of electric range. Hyliion says it can also produce electricity locally at roughly 30% less… Read more »

Rivian raises $2.5 billion in new funding

Investors are pouring money into EV companies—as shares in Tesla, Nio and newly public Nikola soar, Rivian, which has attracted loads of media attention for its planned electric pickup and SUV, has raised $2.5 billion in new funding in a round led by T. Rowe Price. The company has raised about $6 billion in funding… Read more »

Two new Audi EVs coming in 2021: Q4 e-tron SUV and Sportback SUV Coupé

Audi’s Q4 e-tron concept, first displayed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is a compact electric SUV—a bit smaller than the original e-tron mid-size crossover SUV, which has been on sale since May 2019. Now the company has presented two more Q4 variants: the Q4 Sportback e-tron and SUV Coupé. Audi says the newly revealed… Read more »

Danfoss Editron provides powertrain for hybrid crew transfer vessels to serve offshore wind farm

Danfoss Editron, a manufacturer of hybrid and electric powertrain systems for off-highway and marine markets, has secured an order from Danish shipbuilder and operator MHO-Co to deliver drivetrain systems for two hybrid crew transfer vessels (CTVs). CTVs are used to transport technicians and other personnel to and from offshore wind farms. MHO-Co’s two CTVs, specifically… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems delivers 9 electric trucks to Sacramento Community Resource Project

Motiv Power Systems has delivered 9 electric box trucks to Sacramento’s non-profit Community Resource Project (CRP). The e-trucks will be used to provide home energy audits, weatherization and HVAC services to low-income residents in an area where air quality is some of the worst in the country. Motiv’s all-electric chassis and software platform is designed… Read more »

Aptera finalizes design, is ready to build super-efficient EV

Most EV startups are either following the Tesla template—aiming to produce a high-performance luxury vehicle—or targeting the money-spinning pickup truck segment. Aptera Motors is taking a very different path. The reincarnated automaker’s goal is to create the world’s most efficient vehicle—an EV with as much as 1,000 miles of range. Now the San Diego-based company… Read more »

IEA case study #2: electric buses in Santiago, Chile

The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that reports on the current state of electric mobility around the world. This year’s report notes the rapid proliferation of plug-in vehicles—from a mere 17,000 in 2010 to some 7.2 million in 2019. The growth has been concentrated in a few regions—47% of the… Read more »