The Vehicles

Historic Finnish ferry goes electric

Since it entered service in 1904, the Föri ferry in the Finnish city of Turku has been upgraded from steam to diesel power, and now to electricity. Finland’s oldest operating ferry has now become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with a new electric powertrain from Visedo. Local boatyard Mobimar performed the… Read more »

Five London fleets to test new Ford plug-in hybrid van

Five fleet operators in London will participate in a pilot program to evaluate Ford’s new Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van, starting this fall. The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month test of 20 new Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans. London’s Metropolitan Police will deploy 5 of the vans: one marked for… Read more »

Oregon legislators consider sales incentive for EVs

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would establish a $1-million fund to provide a $250 incentive to automobile sales staff who sell electric vehicles to Oregon residents (it exempts sales at exclusively electric dealerships). The bill (HB 2514) addresses two interrelated issues, according to its sponsor, Representative Phil Barnhart. First, $250 would be a… Read more »

Maryland transit authority deploys 3 BYD e-buses

Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland, has taken delivery of three 35-foot BYD K9S battery-electric buses – the first electric transit buses in the state, according to BYD. An inductive charging station will be installed on the Green Line in downtown Columbia to allow the buses to top… Read more »

BMW putting the fear of Tesla into its employees

One of the most interesting questions in the automotive world right now: How seriously are the incumbents taking the threat from our favorite California startup? One answer might be found at a recent event near Munich, where an image of Elon Musk appeared on a screen as a narrator ominously intoned, “We’re in the midst… Read more »

Tampa transit authority leases 4 Model X for ride-sharing service

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), which serves the Tampa, Florida metro area, has leased 4 Tesla Model X for a new ride-sharing service. The purchase was funded through donations from local businesses in the University of South Florida (USF) area, where the service will be offered. The new Teslas will be part of HART’s HyperLink… Read more »