The Vehicles

Mayors from 127 cities commit to purchase over 2,100 EVs by 2020

Mayors from 127 cities joined the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative during the Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii last month, committing to purchasing more than 2,100 EVs by 2020. To assist in the transition towards electric school buses, the Collaborative announced it will place a competitive bid on electric school buses by the end… Read more »

Boeing partners with Kitty Hawk for electric air mobility efforts

Boeing and Kitty Hawk have entered a partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility. California-based Kitty Hawk builds electric aircraft, including Cora, a two-person air taxi, and Flyer, a vehicle for personalized flight. “Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the… Read more »

VW launches electric car share program WeShare in Berlin

Volkswagen has launched WeShare, its 100% electric car sharing program, in Berlin. The program will begin with 1,500 e-Golf vehicles. VW plans to add 500 additional e-up! vehicles at the beginning of 2020 as well as the ID.3 after releasing it in mid-2020. WeShare is a “free-floating” system without rental stations and is operated via… Read more »

California’s largest airports to operate only zero-emission shuttles by 2035

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a rule requiring airport shuttles at the state’s 13 largest airports to transition entirely to ZEVs by 2035. The regulation applies to both public and private fleets, including those from parking facilities, rental car agencies, and hotels. Six California airports and private fleets serving nine airports have… Read more »

Xpeng’s G3 EV reaches 10,000-unit milestone

Chinese EV maker Xpeng has now produced 10,000 of its G3 EVs, according to data released by the China Passenger Car Association. The cars are manufactured at the Xpeng Motors Intelligent Plant in Zhengzhou, China. The G3, an electric SUV, comes in three variants: Core, Smart, and Premium. According to Xpeng, roughly 80 percent of… Read more »

Charlotte Douglas International Airport buys Proterra buses and chargers

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will purchase five 35-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses and five 125 kW Proterra charging systems. CLT will become the ninth airport to purchase Proterra electric buses. Each Proterra electric buses displaces 230,000 pounds of CO2 annually when it replaces a diesel vehicle, according to the company. Proterra’s charging systems use the… Read more »

Toshiba launches diesel-battery hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive

Toshiba subsidiary Kiel-Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled its first European hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive. The company showcased the HDB 800 locomotive demonstrator in its pantograph version alongside other modular diesel-electric hybrid locomotives at a recent trade show. The new HDB 800 has the following features: Series hybrid system consisting of two diesel engines and the… Read more »

Despite weak EV sales, total battery capacity increased 69% YOY in April 2019

Despite weak EV sales growth in April 2019 compared to the same month the year prior, total battery capacity deployed in newly-sold EVs increased markedly over the same period, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity Monthly. While total EV sales increased just 19.6% over the previous April, the industry deployed over 6.7 GWh of… Read more »

AVID Technology and Caterpillar receive $42 million from UK to develop electric construction machinery

The United Kingdom government has awarded EV component manufacturer AVID Technology and construction machinery giant Caterpillar €33 million (about $41.7 million) to develop fully electric construction machinery. The funding, which is made possible by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre, will benefit 32 companies and create 2,230 jobs, according to a government statement. Ian Constance, Chief… Read more »