Police cars are a significant chunk of Ford's fleet business, and now the company is taking steps to make them electric.
Ford on Friday said it is "exploring all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles" as part of its overall $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025. For now, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will serve as a testbed.
Ford unveiled a Mach-E police concept car in the United Kingdom last week, and plans to send a Mach-E to the Michigan State Police 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation, scheduled for September 18 and 20. This testing program is the benchmark for new police vehicles.
GM announced today that LG is resuming production of batteries for Chevy Bolt EV as the manufacturing defect leading to the fire risk has been fixed.
For months, we have been reporting on the mounting pressure to have GM recall the Bolt EV after several cars caught on fire while charging.
Everything pointed to a similar battery defect as Hyundai experienced with its LG batteries in the Kona EV, but while the Korean automaker recalled the vehicles to replace the batteries, GM resisted battery replacements.
In August, GM finally caved and announced that it will replace batteries in all 2017 to 2022 Bolt EVs.
Several police departments across the country are turning to all-electric Teslas for patrol duties, citing lower operating costs and environmental benefits.
The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Police Department recently took delivery of the city’s first fully electric vehicle, a 2021 Tesla Model Y. The vehicle, which is now in service for traffic enforcement and various other patrol functions, will be tested for 100,000 miles and continually evaluated for overall performance. The electric vehicle joins 12 hybrid models across the city’s fleet, including two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Eden Prairie’s Police Chief Matt Sackett said that based on the department’s research and anecdotes from other police fleets with Teslas, he anticipates “a high level of performance and low maintenance costs.”
Originally published by Stephen Edelstein | September 9, 2021 | Green Car Reports | Original Article
FOTW #1200: Sales of New Electric Vehicles in the U.S. Were Up for 2020 While Conventional New Light-Duty Vehicle Sales Were Down
Originally published by the US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy | August 23,2021 | Original Article
ectric vehicle charging stations worth a total of more than $1.7 million are coming to 26 local government agencies, universities and electric utilities in Louisiana.
The Department of Environmental Quality is awarding grants for 82 charging stations, using money from the state’s $19.8 million share of an almost $3 billion settlement in 2016 between the U.S. Justice Department and Volkswagen over violations of the Clean Air Act. Volkswagen sold about 590,000 vehicles equipped with devices that defeated their air pollution control features, resulting in increased emissions of nitrogen oxide.
Roush CleanTech, Penske Truck Leasing and Proterra have announced a new collaboration under which Proterra will supply its battery technology to Roush CleanTech for the development of its next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck.
Roush CleanTech will integrate its advanced clean technology and control systems to leverage Ford’s medium-duty chassis and Proterra’s battery technology to Penske Truck Leasing, which will be the first customer for this next-generation product. In addition, the three companies will collaborate on continued fleet electrification, including charging and an ecosystem of solutions that will make the transition to electric more seamless for fleets.
With under one month to go until the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics begin, main sponsor Toyota has intensified the final practice runs of its e-Palette electric autonomous vehicles that will ferry athletes and staff from the Olympic Village to venues and back. And so far, everything is running smooth and driverless.
The e-Palette first debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2018 when Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced his firm’s bold goal to transition to a mobility company. According to Toyoda, the driverless e-Palette is geared towards enhancing practical MaaS (mobility as a service) applications in the near future, and in one of its first trials in the real world, will form the bulk of Toyota’s electrified vehicle Olympic fleet.
Stellantis, the global automaker born out of a merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and French automaker Groupe PSA, will invest €30 billion ($35.5 billion) in electric vehicles and new software over the next four years as part of a major push to transition away from internal combustion engines.
The world’s fourth-largest automaker joins rivals such as General Motors and Volkswagen in earmarking billions toward EV investments through the first part of the decade. Among the company’s plans are manufacturing an electric Dodge muscle car and an electric Ram pickup truck, both by 2024. Stellantis also said it would offer an electric or plug-in model in every vehicle segment under its Jeep brand by 2025.
Originally posted by Yale Environment 360 | June 23, 2021 | Original Article
Maintenance costs for a light-duty, battery-powered car are around 40 percent less per mile than for a gas-powered car, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.
The Office Of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy highlighted the findings in a new post, which explains that electric vehicles lack timing belts, oxygen sensors, fuel filters, spark plugs, multi-speed transmissions and other parts than can prove costly to service in conventional cars. And, whereas gas-powered cars require regular oil changes, EVs have no need for motor oil.