The Vehicles

Navy and Marine Corps to lease 205 new EVs

The California Energy Commission and the US Navy have formed a partnership to modernize energy resources at Navy and Marine Corps bases. The agreement, which implements recommendations made by the Governor’s Military Council last year, includes initiatives to deploy both renewable energy and electric vehicles. The Navy and Marine Corps will lease 205 new EVs… Read more »

NextEV testing electric supercar in Germany, autonomous vehicles in California

Startup automaker NextEV has Chinese financial backing, Tesla alumni on staff, a few years of experience on the Formula E racing circuit, and a 1 MW electric supercar in development. Electrek recently got a glimpse of the next EV going through its paces on the famous Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. The million-dollar supercar is expected… Read more »

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project reformed to benefit lower-income consumers

Considering the high prices of most EVs, policymakers are keen to find ways to help lower-income consumers afford them. To this end, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which has issued over $335 million in rebates for more than 157,300 vehicles since 2010, has revised its eligibility rules. For lower-income consumers, CVRP rebates are increasing… Read more »

Atieva renames itself Lucid Motors, teases new EV

Atieva, the stealthy EV startup with Chinese financing and a number of Tesla alumni on staff, has changed its name to Lucid Motors, and released some teaser images of its upcoming electric luxury sedan. The vehicle, code-named Atvus, reportedly features an 87 kWh battery pack and output of over 900 hp. In September, a spokesman… Read more »

Union Motion’s Phaser Type 1 electric motorcycle

English startup Union Motion specializes in manufacturing custom electric motorcycles and other vehicles to customers’ specifications. The company’s latest creation is the Phaser Type 1, an electric sport bike with a spare, post-modern look. The Phaser Type 1 is based on a Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer. Union Motion started with the bare chassis – frame,… Read more »

Green Commuter receives grant from TVA for electric car sharing service in Chattanooga

Green Commuter, a vanpool and car share service that operates a fleet of Tesla Model X in Los Angeles, has received a $750,000 grant from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to launch an electric car sharing service in the Tennessee city. The award is part of a $3-million grant from the Tennessee Valley… Read more »

Teslas now being produced with full self-driving hardware

Tesla’s latest revelation is out, it’s a big one, and this time everyone should be able to appreciate its significance. In less than two years, all Tesla models should be capable of full level-5 autonomy, driving themselves without human input. Tesla has leapfrogged far, far beyond every other automaker to introduce an innovation that could… Read more »

English government invests £35 million to promote “ultra-low emission vehicles”

The UK Department for Transport has announced a £35 million package to boost the uptake of “ultra-low emission vehicles” (defined as vehicles that produce less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometer, including EVs, PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles). The latest round of funding is part of £600 million that the government has committed to… Read more »

Navigant Research: New report assesses the various types of electric powertrains for buses

Bus systems around the world are electrifying, driven by environmental regulations and cost savings. But decision-makers at transport authorities have several electrification options – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell – each with its own set of benefits and limitations. In a new report, “Medium and Heavy Duty Buses with Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Battery… Read more »