ZeroAvia wins £12-million grant to bring fuel cell aviation powertrain to market


ZeroAvia, a specialist in hydrogen-electric aviation, has secured £12.3 million ($16.3 million) in government funding to deliver a hydrogen-electric aircraft to the market by 2023. The UK Government grant for the HyFlyer II project will finance ZeroAvia’s development of a certifiable hydrogen-electric powertrain. The goal is to demonstrate a 19-seat aircraft with a 350-mile flight… Read more »

Massachusetts to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles by 2035


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a new mandate that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035. The plan is part of the state’s 2050 Decarbonization Road Map, which also calls for retrofitting 1 million homes with electric heating, cutting commuters’ driving miles by 15 percent, and dramatically increasing offshore wind… Read more »

European truck-makers pledge to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2040


Several of Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have promised to stop selling ICE vehicles by 2040. The chief executives of Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and “clean fuels.” The industry will invest some 50 to 100 billion euros… Read more »

State of New York announces transit and school bus electrification initiatives


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a series of initiatives to increase the number of electric buses in the state. The plans include $16.4 million in incentives for transit buses, and $2.5 million for school buses. Under the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), $16.4 million from the Volkswagen diesel settlement will be… Read more »

Tesla caps a winning year with record production and delivery numbers


Tesla reached so many milestones in 2020 that it’s impossible to list them all: the first Model Y deliveries; the start of construction on the German Gigafactory; the announcement of Austin, Texas as the site of Cybertruck production; the wonders of Battery Day; Tesla’s coronation as the world’s most valuable automaker and its addition to… Read more »

Porsche Taycan delivers electric luxury and performance


There are so many new EVs on the market or in the pipeline these days, in all form factors and all price ranges, that it’s becoming impossible to keep up with them. However, the Porsche Taycan stands out from the crowd for several reasons: it’s the flagship model of the Volkswagen Group, which is by… Read more »

Brexit deal forces UK carmakers to develop domestic battery supply chain


Britain’s new relationship to the EU has important implications for automakers, specifically for their battery supply chains. As The Guardian reports, all UK-EU trade in cars and parts will continue to be free of tariffs or quotas, as long as they contain enough content from either UK or EU factories. For three years, batteries will… Read more »

EV manufacturer Arrival establishes North American HQ in Charlotte NC


British EV-maker Arrival plans to establish its North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will add 150 new employees and invest $3 million in its new office complex in the trendy South End neighborhood. Arrival was founded in 2015, and has over 1,300 employees at sites in the UK, US, Germany, Netherlands, Israel,… Read more »

VW board backs CEO Diess’s ambitious electrification plans


Within the executive suites at every legacy automaker, there are pro-EV and anti-EV factions, which continually strive for mastery, like Zoroastrianism’s Asha and Druj. Now Volkswagen Group Chairman Herbert Diess, a staunch EV advocate, has apparently won a major boardroom battle, clearing the way for him to proceed with his progressive plans for the German… Read more »

Toyota announces new EV platform, revamped version of fuel cell-powered Mirai


Toyota has announced that it will someday release a preview of a possible electric SUV for the European market. Details are “to be announced in the coming months.” The unnamed “preview model” will be based on Toyota’s new e-TNGA platform. The new platform is designed to be easily adaptable for a range of vehicle types—some… Read more »