The Vehicles

America’s biggest cities could save up to 60% on fuel by electrifying buses

America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37 percent on fuel costs by electrifying buses and light-duty fleet vehicles, according to a report by EV charging company AMPLY Power. The report also found that charging regimes focused on off-peak hours can save up to 60 percent compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles… Read more »

IKEA and delivery partners electrify last-mile delivery around the world

In 2018, at California’s Global Climate Action Summit, IKEA CEO Jesper Brodin announced a commitment to using EVs for the last-mile portion of all of its product shipments by 2025. Now the Swedish retailer says it has already electrified all its local delivery vehicles in Shanghai, and plans to do the same in Los Angeles,… Read more »

Maxwell Vehicles retrofits RAM ProMaster vans with plug-in powertrains

What does a PHEV become when it grows up? And do we need yet another electrified-vehicle acronym? Technically, a hybrid with a plug is a PHEV, but some argue that a vehicle with a substantial electric range is a different animal. Chevy called its Volt an EREV, and Seattle-based startup Maxwell Vehicles is calling its… Read more »

Tesla to demonstrate Autopilot Hardware 3 capabilities

Tesla’s long-awaited Autopilot Hardware 3 computer is on the production line and on its way to a street near you. “Tesla is making significant progress in the development of its autonomous driving software and hardware, including our FSD computer, which is currently in production and which will enable full-self driving via future over-the-air software updates,”… Read more »

Tesla and Panasonic reported to be reconsidering Gigafactory expansion plans

Earlier this week, Nikkei reported that Tesla and Panasonic have suspended plans to expand the capacity of Gigafactory 1. The two companies had planned to increase capacity at the Nevada plant by about 50 percent by 2020, but financial problems have forced them to put those plans on hold, the newspaper said. Panasonic will “study… Read more »

Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling car in Switzerland in March

I’ve written so many articles about Switzerland being an EV laggard in Europe that it’s only fair to trumpet the news that the Swiss auto market has been “struck by Tesla lightning,” as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the country’s top daily newspapers, put it. Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling car of any… Read more »

University of Georgia orders twenty electric buses

The University of Georgia has ordered 20 Proterra Catalyst E2 buses. A $10-million grant awarded to the university by Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority made the purchase possible. The Catalyst E2 features two electric motors, 510 horsepower and 24.6 MPGe. Catalyst buses have previously been ordered by Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University… Read more »

Austrian and Swiss postal services pledge to go 100% EV by 2030

National postal companies Swiss Post and Austrian Post have committed to fully electrifying their delivery fleets by 2030. The announcement comes as they join EV100, an EV initiative led by non-profit The Climate Group. To join EV100, companies must make public commitments to integrate EVs into their service fleets or install EV chargers on premises… Read more »

Fiat Chrysler to pay Tesla hundreds of millions for European emissions credits

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has reached a deal with Tesla to count the California carmaker’s EVs as part of the FCA fleet in order to avoid paying fines for violating new European Union emissions rules. The Financial Times reported that the deal is worth “hundreds of millions of euros.” More stringent emissions standards will take effect… Read more »