The Vehicles

New report outlines cooperation between utilities and school districts to finance electric school buses

A new report from the United States Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG) outlines ways that utility companies and school districts can come together to deploy electric school buses across the country. Electric school buses are ready to roll—the technology is here, and protecting school children from noxious diesel fumes is a cause that draws a… Read more »

Ford says all its passenger vehicles in Europe will be electric by 2030, invests $1 billion in Cologne EV plant

A game of one-upmanship seems to be developing between America’s top two legacy automakers, and we’re cheering them on. In January, GM made a weaselly (but still significant) announcement of its “aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.” A week later, Ford announced that it would double its planned investments in… Read more »

Kia unveils a roadmap for a shift to electrified vehicles, including 11 new EVs by 2026

Kia announced an update to its Plan S mid- to long-term roadmap at the company’s 2021 CEO Investor Day event. The new strategy features a renewed emphasis on the transition from ICE vehicles to electrified models. “Kia is being reborn in 2021 with a new logo, new design, and new corporate name,” said CEO Ho… Read more »

Lordstown announces battery supplier for Endurance pickup, plans to produce electric van in 2022

Lordstown Motors has released an update on its business plans that includes several bits of news. The Ohio-based EV builder confirmed that it has signed a multi-year battery supply agreement with LG Chem for the Endurance. The upcoming electric pickup will use 2170 cylindrical cells like the ones used in Tesla’s Model 3 and Model… Read more »

Jaguar announces plan to electrify by 2025

The iconic British car brand Jaguar became the latest automaker to reveal a plan to phase out fossil-fuel engines, announcing its intention to go fully electric by 2025. Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Motors, hopes the move will help repair the fortunes of the struggling 86-year-old Jaguar brand. JLR said… Read more »

2022 Bolt EUV model that Chevy calls an SUV joins an updated Bolt EV priced from $31,995

For 2022, the Chevrolet Bolt lineup will expand from one to two models, with a new, so-called SUV version added alongside the original hatchback. Importantly, the Bolt siblings will take on a new role as the most affordable entries in a lineup of Chevrolet electric vehicles expected to grow significantly by 2025. Chevy dubs its… Read more »

Proposed legislation would restore federal EV tax credit to GM and Tesla

Democrats in the House of Representatives have reintroduced the GREEN Act (Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now), which among many other tax code revisions would once again allow Tesla and GM customers to claim federal EV tax credits. A similar bill failed to pass in 2020, but the prospects for passage seem bright under the… Read more »

Green Tesla embraces carbon-intensive bitcoin

Elon Musk is by nature an iconoclast, a disrupter, an upsetter of applecarts and a slayer of sacred cows, so his long-standing interest in bitcoin, which has been described as “a techno-anarchist project” and “a way to separate money from the state,” is not at all surprising. Now Tesla has purchased $1.5 billion worth of… Read more »

Harvard University deploys four electric buses

Harvard University recently purchased four Proterra electric buses, along with the necessary charging infrastructure. The new buses, which will replace four biodiesel-powered vehicles, represent about a third of Harvard’s fleet. Each 35-foot Proterra transit bus has a seating capacity of 29, and features a 450 kWh battery pack and an 800-volt system architecture. The shuttles… Read more »

Effenco offers its heavy-duty EV powertrain at the same purchase price as diesel alternatives

Effenco, a designer of electric propulsion systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, says its new electric solution is available at the same purchase price as diesel alternatives. Effenco’s powertrain uses ultracapacitors to optimize the battery load and increase efficiency. The company says its ultracapacitors also enable much faster charging than competing systems, and it’s equipped with… Read more »