The Vehicles

BMW CEO touts next-gen EVs, but wants to “keep the combustion engine alive”

When BMW launched the i3 in 2013, the company earned a place in history as an early EV innovator. Since then, the company’s interest in EVs seems to have waned—the once-cutting-edge i3 is now woefully dated, and plans for new electric models seem to be proceeding slowly. However, CEO Oliver Zipse recently told Reuters that… Read more »

Tesla signs new long-term battery cell supply agreement with CATL

As EVs move into mass production, the industry is going to need an insane—make that ludicrous—amount of batteries. Trendsetter Tesla long relied solely on Japan’s Panasonic for cells, but around the time production began at Gigafactory Shanghai, it started working with other suppliers, including Korea’s LG and China’s CATL. Tesla and CATL signed a supply… Read more »

Plug-ins surpass 10% market share in California as Tesla sales surge

We can’t let Europe and China have all the fun—EV sales in North America’s EV capital, California, are finally taking off. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, some 53,261 plug-in vehicles were sold in the Golden State in the first quarter of 2021, representing 10.8% of the total auto market. The pandemic was… Read more »

Canada to end new gas and diesel vehicle sales in 2035

The dominoes are falling. Several regions of the world, including the UK, California and Massachusetts, have announced proposals to phase out ICE vehicle sales by 2035, and now Canada has followed suit, bringing its previous goal of 100 percent EV sales by 2040 forward by 5 years. (The provinces of British Columbia and Quebec have… Read more »

Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen uses a unique hybrid powertrain

Most automakers have abandoned hydrogen fuel cells for light-duty vehicles, but a couple doggedly press on. Peugeot is experimenting with a middle course. The new Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen is a compact utility van that combines a hydrogen fuel cell with a small battery pack. The e-Expert Hydrogen is based on Peugeot Citroën’s EMP2 (Efficient Modular… Read more »

FTA’s 2021 Low-No Grant program funds 49 electric transit projects, including 10 Proterra bus purchases

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced a new $182-million round of funding for transit electrification projects under the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which supports transit agencies in purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses and other transit vehicles. A total of 49 projects in 46 states and territories will receive funding in… Read more »

Spanish city of Zaragoza orders 68 Irizar electric buses

The Spanish city of Zaragoza aspires to be a climate-neutral city, and its City Council recently took the decision that all new urban buses would be electric.  The city currently has 4 zero-emissions buses and 111 hybrids, out of a fleet of about 470 vehicles. As Sustainable Bus reports, transit operator Avanza has ordered 68… Read more »

London bus operator orders 195 electric buses from Alexander Dennis and BYD

Five years ago, Alexander Dennis (ADL), a subsidiary of global bus manufacturer NFI Group, formed a partnership with BYD UK to build electric buses, using BYD’s battery-electric driveline technology and ADL’s British-built, customizable bodies. There are now over 400 BYD ADL electric buses operating in London alone, and another 300 vehicles are on order. Now… Read more »

GM and Ford dealers warily prepare for the EV transition

As the world’s automakers prepare for an electric future, what do the world’s auto dealers have to say about what’s going on? As regular readers of Charged know, dealers have long been considered a major roadblock for EV adoption. (Advocacy group Plug in America, believing that the problem is one of education rather than will,… Read more »

Bipartisan infrastructure proposal includes a new federal tax on EVs (updated)

EV experts have waxed ecstatic about President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which would include up to $174 billion in funding to boost EV adoption. However, given the political situation in the US Senate, it’s becoming apparent that this proposal is unlikely to become law. Now the talk in Washington is of a “bipartisan compromise,” which… Read more »