Lordstown electric pickup to use in-wheel motors. A good idea?


Lordstown Motors, the startup headed by Workhorse CEO Steve Burns, is building an electric pickup called the Endurance at a former GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The Endurance is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a base price of $52,500. The new e-pickup will feature in-wheel hub electric motors, according… Read more »

TDK invests in Germany electric VTOL company AutoFlightX


TDK Ventures has dipped into its $50-million corporate venture capital fund to invest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company AutoFlightX. With their ability to navigate dangerous or hard-to-reach environments, eVTOL vehicles can help eliminate human risk in mining inspections, or deliver payloads of supplies and medicine in emergency response scenarios. AutoFlightX says it… Read more »

Norwegian wholesaler ASKO deploys 2 Scania electric trucks


Norwegian wholesaler ASKO will deploy two Scania electric trucks in Oslo as part of a pilot project. Each of the two-speed, 27-ton trucks has a battery capacity of 165 kWh and range of 120 km (75 miles). The 290 kW electric powertrain offers 245 kW of continuous output and 2,200 Nm of torque. The vehicles… Read more »

Wärtsilä selects Corvus Energy batteries for Finnlines ferries


Wärtsilä has selected Corvus Energy to supply energy storage systems for three new hybrid ferries for Finnlines, a Finish ferry operator. Designed for roll-on/roll-off cargo, each ferry has a length of 238 meters, a beam of 34 meters, a capacity of 5,800 lane-meters, and more than 5,000 meter-square of vehicle decks. Built at Nanjing shipyard,… Read more »

Motiv opens new California facility to service electric trucks and buses


Motiv Power Systems, maker of the EPIC all-electric chassis for buses and trucks, has opened a new facility in Stockton, California. The new location will serve as a pre-delivery inspection and service center for EVs built on its platform. Medium-duty trucks and buses are electrified by Motiv’s operating software and power electronics on popular Ford… Read more »

Malmö, Sweden orders 60 Volvo high-capacity electric buses


Scandinavian transport operator Nobina, which services Malmo, Sweden, has ordered 60 of Volvo’s 7900 Electric Articulated electric buses. Propelled by dual electric motors with a two-speed transmission, the buses have a maximum power output of 400 kW and maximum torque of 31 kN-m at the driven axle, with battery capacity have up to 396 kWh… Read more »

Washington’s King County Metro to purchase up to 120 New Flyer electric buses


King County Metro has agreed to purchase up to 120 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses for a total estimated cost of $130 million. The transport operator will begin with the purchase of 40 articulated 60-foot electric buses. The operator plans to purchase an additional 80 New Flyer electric buses (20 articulated 60-foot buses and… Read more »

Wright Electric unveils design concepts for electric aircraft


Wright Electric, a partner of European airline easyJet, recently unveiled design concepts for the Wright 1, a 186-seat electric aircraft. Wright is building a 1.5 MW electric motor and 3 kV inverter. The company is in discussions with BAE Systems to develop flight controls and energy management systems. Wright plans to conduct ground tests in… Read more »

LAFP to purchase Rosenbauer electric fire engine


The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) will purchase an electric fire engine from Austrian-based manufacturer Rosenbauer. Based on Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck, the vehicle will be customized for the LAFD’s specific needs. The EV will have two batteries and a charge capacity of 100 kWh, allowing for about two hours of operation, according to… Read more »