BMW Invests In Proterra E-Bus Maker, As Does Al Gore

BMW i Ventures, a corporate venture capital team founded by BMW Group in 2011, has invested in Proterra – the US electric bus manufacturer, which currently holds 60% market share in the North American electric transit market.  BMW i Ventures also owns a sizable chunk of public charging network – ChargePoint….

2 days ago by Mark Kane 3

Proterra Adds New Cold Weather Packages For Electric Buses

Proterra, an innovative US electric bus manufacturer, seems to now be maturing – and with that, refining its product.   An example of this is the addition of a new “Proterra Diagnostic Tool” and “Proterra Cold Weather Package” option. After selling more than 400 vehicles (delivered and ordered), Proterra’s buses…

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 9

Hyundai Aims To Launch 180 Mile Electric Bus In 2018

Hyundai isn’t stopping at passenger vehicles when it comes to electrification; starting next year the company will begin the commercialization of electric buses in South Korea. The unveiling of a new fully electric bus is expected later this month.  And this won’t be the company’s first attempt at this segment either. Hyundai tried…

4 weeks ago by Mark Kane 4

Proterra Starts Autonomous Electric Bus Trials In US

Nevada, and not for the first time, brings sparks to the electric and autonomous driving development scene.  And one of the most recent projects to debut is an autonomously driven electric buses. Proterra has joined with the University of Nevada, Reno, and its Living Lab Coalition, in the industry’s first autonomous…

4 weeks ago by Mark Kane 8

Mahindra Aims For 100,000 EV Sales By 2020, We Are Skeptical

Mahindra & Mahindra is now passing along some bold plans when it comes to its future electric vehicle sales. Despite the Indian company only selling about 7,000 EVs since the acquisition of Reva seven years ago (currently known as Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Ltd.), and its extraction of the all-electric e20 after just 1…

1 month ago by Mark Kane 2

Tesla Model X

Musk Says 12-Passenger Tesla Model X A Possibility

Why make a Tesla Minibus when a 12-passenger Tesla Model X will work just fine? Perhaps the most unexpected announcement from Tesla’s Q1 earnings/conference call was that a 12-seat Tesla Model X could come at some point in the future. Yes, a 12-seater. It was approximately one year ago (as…

1 month ago by Eric Loveday 11

Year-Long Electric Bus Test Reveals A CO2 Reduction Of 60%

Toshiba has wrapped up a 12-month test of electric buses equipped with its SCiB batteries, and 44 kW wireless charging system. And as it turns out, medium-size EV buses have potential of reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 60%. The shorter, small-bus was rated at an 40% improvement. The tests were carried…

3 months ago by Mark Kane 24