Florida makes $57 million in funding available for electric school buses


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced a Notice of Funding Availability for $57 million for the purchase of electric Type C or Type D school buses to replace comparable diesel buses. The grants are part of Florida’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, which also includes EV infrastructure projects. Only school districts within an Air Quality… Read more »

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Lordstown Motors claims 50,000 pre-orders for electric pickup, opens two new facilities


Lordstown Motors says it has logged 50,000 preorders for its Endurance electric pickup truck. The company, which is concentrating on fleet customers, said the average order size is 500 vehicles. The 50,000 figure “does not capture interest the company has received from organizations that are not in position to be able to place pre-orders, such… Read more »

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GM changes course, no longer backs Trump’s crusade against California emissions rules


Elections have consequences. GM has announced it will reverse course, and no longer back the Trump administration’s effort to bar California from setting its own emissions rules. GM CEO Mary Barra said in a letter to environmental groups that the company is “immediately withdrawing from the preemption litigation and inviting other automakers to join us.”… Read more »

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Munich electrifies an entire bus line with 8 new Ebusco buses


With the deployment of 8 new electric buses from Netherlands-based manufacturer Ebusco, the Munich Traffic Association (MVG) has fully electrified the city’s bus line 144, which runs over the Landshutter Allee and through Olympia Park. The new 12-meter Ebusco 2.2 city buses join 4 Ebusco buses that were delivered to Munich earlier this year. Line… Read more »

Did poor Honda e sales spur the decision to buy EV credits from Tesla?


Emissions regulations in the EU are getting tighter, and the law provides for substantial fines for automakers that can’t comply—in some cases, as much as €2,375 per car sold. This is the reason that European EV sales have been soaring, and European automakers have a massive number of new electrified models in their pipelines (did… Read more »

Volvo to launch a range of electric trucks in Europe in 2021


Volvo Trucks plans to offer a complete range of all-electric heavy-duty trucks in Europe, starting in 2021. Sales will begin next year, and volume production will start in 2022. The company is now running tests of the electric heavy-duty Volvo FH, FM and FMX trucks, which are aimed at regional transport and urban construction applications…. Read more »

GM teases future electric Chevy crossover and pickup, invests more in EVs


General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Thursday the company is accelerating its electric-vehicle efforts, pulling forward the schedule on many future launches, and expanding the number of EV models it sells globally to 30 by the end of 2025—a larger number than the dozen future EVs shown to journalists in a no-cameras presentation in March…. Read more »

Star Charge and VinBus partner to deploy electric buses in Vietnam


The steady global spread of e-buses is one of the most exciting success stories on the e-mobility front. The latest news comes from Vietnam, where Chinese charging powerhouse Star Charge has partnered with VinBus, a subsidiary of Vietnamese conglomerate VinGroup, to launch fleets of electric buses in several cities. VinBus plans to operate a total… Read more »

Outsider joins the establishment: S&P 500 index welcomes Tesla


S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced that Tesla will be added to the benchmark S&P 500 index. “TSLA will be added to the S&P 500 effective prior to the open of trading on Monday, December 21, to coincide with the December quarterly rebalancing effective date,” the financial institution drily proclaimed. The California carmaker’s market cap… Read more »

Nissan to sell only electrified cars in China by 2025


Nissan has become the latest automaker to announce a regional phase-out of gas-only cars (Honda recently announced it would sell only hybrids and EVs in Europe after 2022). Now Nissan says all models sold in China will be either electric or hybrid by 2025. The Japanese automaker will introduce nine electrified (EV or hybrid) models… Read more »