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Deutsche Post partners with Ford to manufacture Transit-based electric delivery van

Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter and Ford have formed a partnership to manufacture electric delivery vehicles. StreetScooter has already developed a small electric van with a 20.4 kWh battery pack, a 30 kW motor and a top speed of 50 mph. Deutsche Post now has 2,500 StreetScooters in operation throughout Germany, and is also beginning to… Read more »

Will Ford’s new CEO put more emphasis on EVs and AVs?

Ford has replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, the head of the company’s Smart Mobility division. The company also appointed a new executive in charge of “strategy and business model development for electrified vehicles and autonomous vehicles.” The buzz in the media is that the new regime will put more emphasis on electric and… Read more »

New report: EVs can make the power grid more efficient and affordable

Plainly, the growing popularity of EVs will have a substantial impact on electric utilities. A new report from nonprofit utility watchdog the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) argues that, with the right public policy, that impact could be a positive one. “The ABCs of EVs: A Guide for Policy Makers and Consumer Advocates“ is intended to… Read more »

New Eagle teams up with Inventev to offer electric Ford Transit vans

The business case for electrifying commercial vans would seem to be a no-brainer – the savings on fuel and maintenance are substantial and demonstrable. In the real world however, pilot projects are plentiful, but substantial orders have been slow to materialize. More than one promising startup has gone under while waiting for fleet customers to… 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 »

Knapheide installs XL Hybrids’ plug-in powertrain in Ford F-150 pickups

Commercial vehicle equipment provider Knapheide Manufacturing will become a ship-through installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid upfits on Ford F-150 half-ton pickup trucks. Knapheide will begin XLP upfits at its Kansas City, Missouri facility starting in the fourth quarter of this year. XL Hybrids’ XLP system is compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems approved as Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier for electric powertrains

Motiv Power Systems has earned a valuable vote of confidence from Ford – the California manufacturer of electric powertrains is now a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM). Members of the QVM program can modify vehicles for commercial customers while keeping the original manufacturer’s warranty in force. With the new eQVM designation, Ford has expanded its… Read more »

Ford encourages common industry metrics to understand electric driving requirements

Based on its own analysis of anonymized driving data, Ford is encouraging the adoption of a standard way to analyze driving data for OEMs and regulatory agencies to understand real-world electric driving usage in comparison to regulatory test cycles. In a presentation at the recent SAE Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium, (via Green Car Congress) Brett… Read more »

New Eagle and Inventev demonstrating electric Ford Transit van in Detroit

Two Michigan companies, New Eagle and Inventev, have teamed up to convert full-size commercial vans to electric drive. They are demonstrating a fully electric Ford Transit van at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production and sale of the vehicles is scheduled to begin in early 2018. New Eagle will provide the core… Read more »

Ford plans 13 new electrified vehicles, including all-electric SUV and hybrid Mustang and F-150

Ford has announced that it plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles over the next five years, including hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and Mustang. The automaker will invest $700 million to equip its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce autonomous and electric vehicles, part of a $4.5-billion investment in electrified vehicles… Read more »