The Vehicles

BMW plans to offer 12 pure EVs by 2025

The BMW Group announced big plans for electrification at a recent event for journalists in Munich. “By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully electric,” said CEO Harald Krueger, adding that the company’s EVs will have ranges of up to 435 miles. The company plans to unveil a new four-door… Read more »

Clemson Area Transit acquires a second fleet of 10 Proterra electric buses

Clemson Area Transit (CATbus), which serves 1.9 million riders annually in three South Carolina counties, has purchased ten 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure. The new e-buses will join six Proterra buses already operated by CATbus in Seneca, SC. In 2015, Seneca became the first city in the US to operate an… Read more »

Two electric school buses, powered by Motiv Power Systems, go into service in California

Colton Joint Unified School District in San Bernardino County, California has taken delivery of two electric Type C Starcraft eQuest XL school buses from Creative Bus Sales, featuring powertrains from Motiv Power Systems. Built on Ford’s F59 chassis, the new e-buses have a capacity of 48 passengers and a range of up to 85 miles…. Read more »

China to set deadline for fossil fuel phase-out

China has announced that it will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles in the country, the world’s biggest auto market. Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and France have already announced plans for bans. The government is working with regulators on a timetable to end production and sales, Xin Guobin, China’s… Read more »

Tesla remotely unlocks extra range for Florida customers fleeing hurricane

As a monster hurricane approaches Florida, millions of people are on the roads, creating chaos and confusion. Many companies are doing what they can to help, waiving fees and adding services to make it easier for people to evacuate. Tesla is doing its bit by remotely unlocking the full battery pack capacity of certain Model… Read more »

Cummins unveils electric Class 7 truck

Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins beat Tesla to the punch by unveiling its own electric truck at a recent event at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana. The new truck, called AEOS, is “a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor.” It’s still just a concept, but Cummins has a prototype, built by Roush…. Read more »

BMW introduces the sportier i3s

BMW has released details of its 2018 i3, as well as a new version, the i3s, which features a more powerful motor and a sportier suspension. Both will be shown at the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt. BMW will announce pricing closer to the market launch date. BMW describes the new i3s as a… Read more »

Mercedes asks car buyers if they’re interested in EVs – and gets a reality check

Like most of the legacy auto brands, Mercedes has given conflicting signals about its interest in electrification. Its only EV to date, the B-Class Electric, was a compliance car that it sold in limited volume, and recently discontinued. However, the company says it plans to introduce a line of purpose-built EVs under the new EQ… Read more »

Royal Mail to test 9 electric trucks from UK firm Arrival

Royal Mail has begun a trial of 9 commercial EVs in partnership with Oxfordshire-based Arrival (formerly Charge Auto). The postal operator is testing the 3.5-, 6- and 7.5-ton trucks at its Mount Pleasant depot in central London. They will be used to transport packages between mail distribution centers in the city and surrounding area. The… Read more »