Sunday, July 11, 2021

Dodge makes a promise not to sell electric cars

 Dodge just announced on its website, in the Dodge EV summit video, that they will not build electric cars. In 2024 they will launch World's first full battery electric muscle car. GREAT!

I can't wait.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Jeep Wrangler PHEV is here

 You may have missed it, but Jeep has a PHEV Wrangler 4xe, and two other models, Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe, will be here soon as well.

According to Auto Blog, Jeep estimated that the 4xe would have a 25-mile electric range. However, after testing, the 4xe only has an EPA estimated 21-mile electric range.  It may not be great, it's the same as my 2018 Outlander, but it's Wrangler, a heavy-duty off-road machine. 20 mpg, after the battery is depleted, is still good for this kind of vehicle. 

The car is available here in the US and Europe.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Ford beat everyone to the punch with F150 Lightning, but...

Yes, Ford beat everyone to the punch with F150 Lightning, but I am not excited for some reason. I think this time, Ford didn't do such a good job with making us wait for it as they did with Mustang Mach-E. 

Still, I have to admit that using this truck as an emergency backup for your house for three days is impressive. I wish they also offered a "power wall."

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.