ABB to supply electric power systems for ten Lisbon ferries


Electronics giant ABB has secured a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán to supply an electric power solution for urban passenger ferries that will operate on Lisbon’s Tagus river. The ten new ferries will be operated by the public ferry company Transtejo on three key routes linking Lisbon to Cacilhas, Seixal and Montijo on the… Read more »

Lion Electric to build its first US manufacturing facility in Illinois


The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV), a Canadian manufacturer of all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Illinois. The facility is expected to come online in the second half of 2022, with a production capacity of 20,000 vehicles per year. The new 900,000-square-foot facility will help Lion… Read more »

Ford to reveal new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck May 19


Pickups rule the US auto market, and the F-150 is the king of pickup trucks, so the fact that Ford is planning to release an electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle, which one marketing expert has called “the most successful consumer product in human history,” is a big deal. Ford has announced that it will… Read more »

Madrid transit agency orders 50 electric buses from Irizar and BYD


The city of Madrid has confirmed plans to phase out all diesel buses. By January 2023, the Spanish capital’s entire fleet will be made up of electric, natural gas and hybrid buses. Transit agency Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT) ordered 30 BYD electric buses last September. Now EMT has awarded a tender for… Read more »

EV maker Battle Motors acquires Crane Carrier


EV technology developer Battle Motors has acquired commercial vehicle OEM Crane Carrier Company (CCC). Ohio-based CCC has been manufacturing commercial vehicles for 75 years, and has 180 sales and service locations throughout North America. It specializes in the vocational truck industry, providing custom, severe-service vehicles for the refuse and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, agriculture… Read more »

UPS to purchase electric VTOL aircraft from Beta Technologies


UPS’s Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies. The delivery giant will take delivery of the first ten aircraft beginning in 2024, with the option to purchase up to 150. Beta’s vehicle has a 1,400-pound cargo capacity and a range of 250 miles. UPS envisions that… Read more »

Renault Trucks to offer an EV in every market segment from 2023


Renault Trucks has announced that, from 2023, it will offer an all-electric model in each of the segments it serves: distribution, construction and long distance. Renault Trucks now offers all-electric trucks from 3.1 to 26 tons. Its electric lineup consists of the D Z.E., D Wide Z.E. and Master Z.E., which serve the urban transport,… Read more »

Bye Aerospace unveils 8-seat all-electric eFlyer 800


Denver-based Bye Aerospace has unveiled an 8-seat all-electric twin turbo-prop airplane aimed at the air taxi, air cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets. The eFlyer 800 is expected to have a 320-knot cruising speed, a 35,000-foot ceiling, and a range of 500 nautical miles with 45-minute reserves at a normal cruising speed of 280 knots…. Read more »

Slow fleet turnover means ICE vehicles could be on the roads for decades


Sales of EVs are growing—in some ahead-of-the-curve markets, plug-ins are outselling internal-combustion vehicles—and countries and regions around the world are announcing deadlines to phase out fossil-burners. However, as a recent New York Times article points out, it could take years, if not decades, before electrification leads to substantial reductions in emissions. The problem, ironically, is… Read more »

Mercedes unveils new EQS electric luxury sedan


After months of teasers, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled full details of its upcoming EQS electric luxury sedan, the latest of several models from Mercedes’s EQ electric sub-brand. There will be two battery pack options: 107.8 kWh usable (12 modules) and 90 kWh usable (10 modules). The cells are in either pouch or hard-case/prismatic format, and are… Read more »