Tata Motors delivers first 26 of 340 electric buses to Mumbai


Indian commercial vehicle giant Tata Motors recently delivered 26 electric buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), which operates the public transport system in Mumbai. The buses are part of a larger order of 340 electric buses, which will be delivered in phases. The 25-seater Tata Ultra Urban 9/9 electric buses were delivered at… Read more »

New battery “gigaplant” promises to be an economic boon to northeastern England


Battery startup Britishvolt has announced plans to build its first battery factory, on the site of a former coal-fired power station in Blyth in northeastern England. Construction is to begin next year, and production of lithium-ion batteries is to start by the end of 2023. The company plans to invest 2.6 billion pounds ($3.5 billion)… Read more »

MAN Truck & Bus starts series production of the all-electric Lion’s City E


MAN Truck & Bus began series production of battery-powered city buses in October at its plant in Starachowice, Poland. The first customer vehicles to come off the line are 12-meter solo versions of the Lion’s City E: 17 of these will be heading for Hamburg-Holstein’s public transit agency. Malmö, Sweden has placed an order for… Read more »

Volvo Group delivers electric construction vehicles for major construction project in Paris


Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has delivered an all-electric Volvo FE Electric truck with an electrically powered crane, as well as a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator, to French contractor Eiffage. Long-term Volvo customer Eiffage is the first recipient of the vehicles in France. Eiffage will put the machines to work on the Grand Paris… Read more »

Renault Trucks expands its range of all-electric models


Renault Trucks is broadening its all-electric range, and offering a wider choice of batteries for its medium-duty EVs. The Renault Trucks D and D Wide Z.E. can now accommodate 66 kWh battery packs, and the Master Z.E. utility vehicle has just been released in a 3.5-ton model. Renault’s all-electric trucks can be customized from 3.1… Read more »

Proterra opens new EV battery production line in Los Angeles County


Heavy-duty EV manufacturer Proterra has announced the opening of a new battery production line, co-located at its electric bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County. The battery packs manufactured at the City of Industry facility will feature Proterra’s redesigned modules with next-generation cells developed with LG Energy Solutions, a company that Proterra has been collaborating… Read more »

DENSO buys a stake in e-mobility startup Envoy


Auto component supplier DENSO has taken a stake in Envoy Technologies, a California startup that offers mobility services to the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Through the investment, DENSO aims to create new revenue streams by offering the benefits of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) to businesses. Founded in 2017, Envoy partners with CRE industry leaders to offer… Read more »

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive report


Ford’s first real EV turns out to be a serious contender from Day One, due to striking looks and universal name recognition. Sitting in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E as it fast-charged in a Walmart parking lot, a grinning middle-aged man approached. The Mach-E attracts attention—thumbs-up in traffic, stares on the highway—so we figured he… Read more »

Europe’s largest electric bus fleet adds its 500th vehicle


What city currently operates the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe? It’s not Oslo or Amsterdam, but Moscow, which just launched its 500th electric bus. Moscow’s electric fleet is thus the largest in Europe. That’s right—as of October, there were 300 electric buses in London, 259 in Paris, 200 in Berlin and 164 in… Read more »

Commercial EV-maker Lightning eMotors to join NYSE through SPAC deal


Lightning eMotors, a manufacturer of commercial EVs for fleets, will become a publicly listed company through a merger with a company called GigCapital3. Upon closing, Lightning eMotors will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ZEV. The business combination values Lightning eMotors at approximately $823 million. The transaction is expected… Read more »