Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Triggo, the electric microcar that changes its geometry

 This electric car, technically it's a car, from Poland has some exciting tricks that no other vehicle does. It is stable like a car but agile like a motorcycle. It leans into the corners like the motorcycle, even though it has four wheels. For higher speeds, its front wheels can spread out for stability, but it can pull in those wheels to navigate traffic when it slows down.  It can park in spaces not accessible for cars. Its batteries can be removed and exchanged for fresh ones.

For starters, it will be available for car-sharing systems and robo-taxi.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Solaris Bus scores one of the biggest EV bus tenders in Europe, 123, from Romania

 7 Romanian cities have announced a tender for 131 modern, emission-free electric buses. From this pool, Solaris received an order for 123 12-meter vehicles for 6 cities: Iasi, Sibiu, Sighetu Marmatiei, Suceava, Targu Mures and Pitesti.

The total value of the order is nearly EUR 65 million. Detailed delivery schedules vary by city, but all orders will be completed by the end of 2022.

The tender launched by Romania is one of the largest orders for electric buses in Europe. In recent years Solaris has completed contracts for the supply of 130 buses Warsaw, 90 Urbino 12 electric buses for Berlin, and 40 Urbino 12 electric buses for Milan. Solaris also started deliveries of 15 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses to Cologne, Germany.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Chevy announced 2 new Bolts, EV and EUV

 Chevy announce a new Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV. The EUV will have 250 mile range while EV 259 miles. 

I am more excited about the EUV. It looks good and seems to have some interesting ideas.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Competition for Polish E-Van

The National Center for Research and Development (NCBiR) has concluded the first stage of the competition to develop electric or hydrogen vans. 

NCBiR selected four from among a dozen interested companies. Two with electric cars and two with hydrogen cars. Those companies now have 12 months to prepare technical documentation for vehicles. From those, the NCBiR will select the two best and give them 14 million PLN to build prototypes.

Monday, January 18, 2021

GM will build electric van in Canada

 Fox News reports that General Motors has earmarked approximately $800 million to convert its CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, into an electric vehicle manufacturing facility.

GM last week announced the formation of the BrightDrop brand during a CES presentation when it revealed the purpose-built EV600 commercial van. The EV600 will use the automaker’s new Ultium electric vehicle platform and be followed by other models.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Is Toyota's Mirai a West Coast only car?

Toyota has started selling a beautiful hydrogen car priced at $49,500 and up. There is a tiny problem. It is not being offered on the East Coast, and if it was, there are no fueling stations for it. I also read somewhere that it might be illegal to drive a hydrogen car in New York City.

Otherwise, it's a nice car :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Fiat will make electric and hybrid Fiats and Jeeps in Poland

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that its factory in Tychy in Poland will produce new hybrid and electric cars of the Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands. The production of the first of the three new models is expected to begin in the second half of 2022. 

FCA plans to invest 2 billion euros ($2.45 billion) in its plant in Tychy.

The Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars will be produced using the most advanced drive systems, including fully electric drive.