Motiv Power Systems delivers 9 electric trucks to Sacramento Community Resource Project

Motiv Power Systems has delivered 9 electric box trucks to Sacramento’s non-profit Community Resource Project (CRP). The e-trucks will be used to provide home energy audits, weatherization and HVAC services to low-income residents in an area where air quality is some of the worst in the country. Motiv’s all-electric chassis and software platform is designed… Read more »

Aptera finalizes design, is ready to build super-efficient EV

Most EV startups are either following the Tesla template—aiming to produce a high-performance luxury vehicle—or targeting the money-spinning pickup truck segment. Aptera Motors is taking a very different path. The reincarnated automaker’s goal is to create the world’s most efficient vehicle—an EV with as much as 1,000 miles of range. Now the San Diego-based company… Read more »

IEA case study #2: electric buses in Santiago, Chile

The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that reports on the current state of electric mobility around the world. This year’s report notes the rapid proliferation of plug-in vehicles—from a mere 17,000 in 2010 to some 7.2 million in 2019. The growth has been concentrated in a few regions—47% of the… Read more »

IEA case study: electric buses in Helsinki, Finland

The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual report on the current state of electric mobility around the world. As always, this year’s edition contains many interesting insights about the EV market. Over 2.1 million plug-in vehicles (pure electric plus plug-in hybrid) were sold globally in 2019—a 40% year-on-year increase over 2018, which… Read more »

Indianapolis EV-sharing project folds after four years

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In 2015, French conglomerate the Bolloré Group opened an all-EV car-sharing service called BlueIndy in Indianapolis. Alas, BlueIndy announced plans to close last December, and terminated operations in May. “This difficult decision to end the service has been made because we did not reach the level of activity required to be economically viable,” said BlueIndy… Read more »

Déjà vu department: Tesla Q2 deliveries beat expectations, stock soars

It’s become a familiar ritual: Tesla announces quarterly deliveries that beat expectations, as most everyone (at least in the EV press) expected. It’s a choreographed quarterly concert that keeps Tesla in the news, and keeps the stock price climbing. This time however, a global pandemic and auto industry slump were in the mix, and there… Read more »

Clean Cars Nevada initiative aims to establish zero-emission standard

As the US federal government continues its war on emissions standards, an increasing number of state governments have adopted more stringent standards, based in whole or in part on those of California. The next Clean Air State could be Nevada, if a new proposal is adopted. The draft Clean Cars Nevada initiative has two parts…. Read more »

ZeroAvia completes test flight of fuel cell airplane

ZeroAvia says it has successfully completed a test flight of a commercial-scale electrified aircraft. New Atlas reports that the company’s HyFlyer, featuring the latest version of its hybrid hydrogen/electric powertrain, recently took off from Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, UK as part of a program to develop large, long-range, zero-emission aircraft. While companies such as Magnix… Read more »

New study: EV fuel cost savings vary widely across the US

EV drivers can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years compared to driving a legacy vehicle. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis conducted by researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The new report, Levelized Cost of Charging Electric Vehicles in the United… Read more »

New study: EVs are cheaper than diesels for ride-sharing in many European capitals

As ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Lyft, Bolt and Kapten continue to explode in popularity, the environmental costs are becoming apparent. These services not only draw riders away from greener public transport options, but they result in more passenger-miles driven than when people drive themselves. The need to electrify ride-hailing vehicles is obvious. The good… Read more »