USPS Tests Ford E-450 Based Electric Step Vans From Motiv

USPS could purchase thousands of EVs, but will they?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) starts a new pilot EV project in which it will test seven all-electric step vans, supplied by Motiv Power Systems. The first one was already delivered and now serves routes in Fresno.

Motiv Power Systems builds its EVs using the Ford E-450 as a base and EPIC Chassis with 106 or 127 kWh battery packs for about 90 miles of range.

According to the press release, USPS will verify the vans capabilities, as well as fuel and maintenance savings over one year of the project. We guess that positive results could trigger some orders, but USPS seems reluctant so far, as various tests were already performed for several years.

“The pilot program of seven Motiv-powered vans is slated for deployment in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle now serves routes in Fresno with the balance of the vehicles to be deployed in Fresno and Stockton as part of a year-long program. Most of the immediate project benefits will accrue in the San Joaquin Valley, an economically disadvantaged area with some of the highest pollution burdens in the country, as evidenced by CalEnviroScreen scores within the worst five percent in the state.

The USPS has a long history of testing electric vehicles for city delivery. In fact, the first known test of an electric vehicle for mail collection was in Buffalo, New York on July 2, 1899. Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island.

“We’re proud to now be a part of USPS’ long tradition of implementing the latest technology to green their fleet,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Our all-electric EPIC chassis have accumulated 500,000 real-world miles and are ideally suited to the USPS vehicle route characteristics. We’re thrilled that USPS has chosen Motiv to help meet their sustainability goals.”

The USPS’ acquisition of the Motiv chassis-powered vans was developed as a partnership by CALSTART and the San Joaquin Clean Transportation Center and funded through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) award to the San Joaquin Air Quality Control. It represents a historic project. The funds are meant to provide an incentive to Californian fleets to adopt the cleanest emerging technologies and continue to advance California’s Air Quality and Climate goals.

The USPS’ acquisition of the vans was made possible by the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. More information on this program can be found at  California Climate Investments.

All parties involved in building, funding, and deploying this first wave of Motiv-powered USPS vans are excited about working together to bring this initial order to fruition.”

Source: Motiv Power Systems, Green Car Congress

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In January 2019, BMW Group Sold Just 7,234 Plug-In EVs

January didn’t bring much growth

BMW Group‘s plug-in electric car sales in January amounted to just 7,234, which is the lowest result in the past 12 months, at the lowest growth rate in several years of just 1.4% year-over-year.

According to the German manufacturer, the reason for that is model changeovers – especially the 330e and X5 PHEV.

Anyways, the plug-in share out of overall volume was close to 4.3%.

BMW i + BMW iPerformance + MINI PHEV sales worldwide – January 2019

The best-selling model among plug-ins was the BMW i32,598 (up 30.4%). The BMW 530e iPerformance, on the other hand, noted a strong growth rate of 82% to 1,722. The MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 increased 25.7% to 1,027 sales (18% of all MINI Countryman sales).

Sales are expected to improve later this year when new models or new versions hit the showrooms.

“Overall sales of BMW Group Electrified vehicles increased by 1.4% compared with January last year, with a total of 7,234 delivered to customers around the world. This increase was achieved despite limited availability of two key plug-in hybrid vehicles due to model changeovers – the introduction of the new BMW 330e and the new BMW X5 xDrive45e later this year is expected to support further sales growth of the company’s range of electrified vehicles. The BMW i3 is the company’s best-selling electrified vehicle; the introduction late last year of an optional new, more powerful battery helped grow i3 sales in January to 2,598, 30.4% more than in the same month last year. The BMW 530e (fuel consumption combined: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 49-47 g/km) was also a significant growth driver, with deliveries up 82.0% (1,722).

2019 will also see the launch of the MINI Electric – the fully-electric car will be introduced to the public later this year. It looks set to build on the success of the MINI Countryman Cooper S E plug-in hybrid (fuel consumption combined: 2.5-2.4 l/100 km, power consumption combined 13.7-13.4 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 56-55 g/km), which grew its sales by 25.7% in January (1,027) thereby accounting for 18.0% of MINI Countryman sales. January deliveries of MINI brand vehicles totalled 20,575 (-1.7%).”

Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW said:

“We’re pleased to have achieved a sales increase in January, despite the challenging market conditions around the world. We do expect slight growth in 2019, although the model changeover of the BMW 3 Series, our all-time top-selling model, will impact sales in the first quarter. Growth will be driven mainly by full availability of the BMW X5, the introduction of the all-new BMW X7 and, of course the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series. In January, I was also pleased to see sales of our electrified vehicles grow, despite model changeovers of two key models. By the end of this year, the number of BMW Group electrified vehicles on the roads around the world will total more than half a million.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Electrek Podcast: Tesla launches Sentry Mode and Dog Mode, Porsche Taycan, and more

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla releasing several software updates like Sentry Mode and Dog Mode, Porsche Taycan sightings, and more. more…

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UK Government Invests In Charging Points For Electric Taxis

Councils across the country will install around 350 new charging points to support electric taxi uptake.

The government has set aside £6 million for 17 councils to install electric car charging points that will support the uptake of electric taxis.

The local authorities, which are dotted around the country in cities such as Manchester, Brighton and Leicester, will build a combined total of almost 350 charge points. Of those, around 300 will be rapid chargers, while 46 will be fast chargers.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), around 800 ultra-low-emission taxis and some 3,000 private hire vehicles will make use of the charging points.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said the new infrastructure would help the country make the switch to low-emission transport.

“The government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040,” he said. “Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.

“Today’s funding will support almost 4,000 ultra low emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”

And Automotive Minister Richard Harrington said the chargers would play their part in cleaning up the environment.

“The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in our economy,” he said

“These new charge points for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long-standing partnership with the UK automotive sector.”

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across England and Wales, has welcomed the announcement, saying councils are “determined” to improve air quality.

“This funding for green taxi charging points is good news to help councils continue to improve air quality for their communities and reduce air pollution which is a major public health concern,” claimed the LGA’s transport spokesman, Councillor Martin Tett.

“Councils have already introduced several measures to tackle air pollution, such as encouraging the use of electric vehicles with recharging points, promoting cycling, investing in cleaner buses, managing borough-wide air pollution monitoring networks, and pioneering the concept of low-emission zones.

“Councils are determined to do more in planning for new places in ways that improve air quality and promote more sustainable forms of travel but a lack of long-term funding is a clear barrier to such investment. Government needs to address this in the forthcoming Spending Review.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Volvo Teases Polestar 2 Again Ahead Of Reveal

Polestar 2 – if you want to buy one, they will honor/take cash sales

The first all-electric Polestar – the Polestar 2 – is soon to be unveiled. The world online premiere is scheduled for Wednesday 27 February. One week later, it will be presented live at the Geneva Motor Show.

The latest teaser (above) presents the back of the four-door “fastback” body type. It could be an interesting long-range EV for customers looking for premium and performance brands.

According to Polestar, the Polestar 2 will be sold in the Tesla Model 3 price range:

“Available on subscription, which will be a slightly more premium version of our sister brand’s Care by Volvo package, although we will honor/take cash sales”

This seems to apply that no financing will be offered, right? And as for that Model 3 price range, we’d guess Polestar is targeting the more top end versions of the Model 3.

Polestar 2 specs:

  • ~300 miles (483 km) of range (all final specs to be announced shortly)
  • ~400 HP (all final specs to be announced shortly)

Polestar 2

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Volkswagen is pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars

The Volkswagen group is doing a 180-degree turn from their emission cheating days to pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars.

In a new presentation, VW shows how the I.D., its first next-generation electric vehicle, will be “CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle if the customer consistently charges with green power.” more…

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Source: Charge Forward

Honda Trademarks “Honda e” For Possible Electric Car Brand

How about “Honda e Civic”?

Honda has recently filed trademark applications (in Switzerland and the European Union) for the name Honda e, in a category reserved for vehicles, according to

The new name Honda e suggests that the Japanese manufacturer is preparing a new electric sub-brand or at least it will be the name of a new model. We bet more likely on sub-brand, as many automakers around the world already adopted a similar system like Audi x e-tron, BMW ix, Mercedes-Benz EQx, etc.

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, which appears likely to become the biggest EV unveiling event in history, Honda will present its latest prototype version of the Urban EV model.

Honda is a bit late to this real EV party, but it does have success with its Clarity PHEV, a long-range plug-in hybrid. Therefore, we’re confident Honda will be able to succeed in the pure electric segment when it actually puts a real effort in.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Green Deals: Segway ES2 Electric Scooter + $50 gift card $519, more

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Check Out This Anti ICE-ing Tesla Supercharger Device In Taiwan: Video

How can Tesla and other companies with public charge points help EV drivers? Here’s how!

We’ve heard a ton lately about ICE car drivers occupying EV charging spots (and more specifically Tesla Superchargers). This may be by mistake or due to laziness or flat-out on purpose. Nonetheless, this is not a new phenomenon and will continue to be an issue. It’s one thing if an ICE car driver pulls into a close spot at the mall, which is also one of the few EV charging spaces available at the place of business.

While this surely sucks, it’s going to happen just as much as drivers pull into handicap spots cause they’re lazy or occupy pickup-only (not for pickup trucks but those picking up groceries or goods) lanes at grocery stores or restaurants.

But, what if an ICE car could simply not occupy such parking spots without damaging their cars? This latest technology shows a way to curtail such issues. In the case that EVs are able to have a sensor that will lower an obstruction that ICE cars can’t get past, this is a huge step forward.

Reportedly, Tesla is already testing such a technology. However, it has yet to be seen in the U.S., but rather is in place at some Supercharger stations in China, as we already stated. Now, Tesla owners in Taiwan are seeing it in action, too.

Below is a look and some analysis of the current circumstances. This is clearly not a situation of drivers misunderstanding the use of the spots, but clearly purposeful “ICE-ing” of EV charging spaces as a form of protest against Tesla and/or EVs in general. Not to mention the reality that these pickup truck drivers have showed up as a team and are not unwilling to cuss at Tesla owners and pick fights:

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Mercedes-Benz To Launch More Than 10 PHEVs By End Of 2019

Within 2 years, Daimler will have 20 plug-in hybrids on the market

Mercedes-Benz intends to electrify its entire product range by the year 2022, through introduction of EQ all-electric cars, EQ Power plug-in hybrids and EQ Boost 48V mild hybrids. Sales of electrified cars are expected to amount to 15-25% of the brand by 2025.

This year, we will be witnessing the beginning of the major shift toward plug-ins as the first EQC model comes on the market around summer, and the plug-in hybrid portfolio is to be expanded to more than 10 models, with gasoline and diesel engines.

By the end of 2020, the number of plug-in hybrids will increase to over 20. The new, third-generation of plug-in hybrids, started by the new EQ Power C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, are equipped with 13.5 kWh battery packs. It’s enough to drive up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode.

Daimler will offer EQ Power version of various models, reportedly from the compact A-Class to SUVs – the new Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid was already seen testing before launch in 2020.

Here is a brief summary of the electrification plans:

Alternative powertrain systems

  • In addition, third-generation plug-in hybrids can also make contributions in improving air quality in towns and cities: With an all-electric range of around 50 km in the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, for example, and an electric motor output of 90 kW, Mercedes-Benz saloon and estate models can be locally emission-free in the inner city. In the C-Class and E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer to combine diesel engines with plug-in technology as well. Thus the product range will include more than ten model variants as plug-in hybrids with petrol and diesel engines across all segments by the end of 2019. The aim is to be able to offer customers well over 20 model variants already in the year 2020.
  • The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, preliminary data), the first purely battery electric Mercedes‑Benz model from the EQ brand will arrive in the markets in 2019. The EQC is the harbinger of an entire range of new EQ models.
  • The GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, weighted power consumption: 13.7 kWh/100 km, preliminary data), an all-electric vehicle suitable for long journeys that can fill up on hydrogen and electricity, was delivered to first customers in autumn 2018.

The next steps to achieving the CO2 targets: Systematic electrification

  • By 2022, the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars product range is set to be electrified. The company will offer different electrified variants in each segment – from smart to the big SUVs, starting with 48-volt models and a wide selection of plug-in hybrids, to all-electric vehicles with battery and/or fuel cells.
  • In addition, Daimler is investing more than ten billion euros in the new EQ product family.
  • Daimler expects electric models to make up between 15 and 25 percent of Mercedes-Benz total unit sales by 2025 – depending on individual customer preferences and the development of public infrastructure. The company plans to bring more than ten all-electric cars to the market across all segments, from smart to the big SUVs. Including plug-in hybrid models, the percentage of xEVs (vehicles equipped with an electric traction motor and external charging capability) in Europe could be significantly above 40 percent as plans stand today.
  • When it comes to e-mobility, smart is going all the way: smart is the first car brand with its sights set on a complete switch-over from combustion engines to electric powertrains. All new smart cars sold in the USA, Canada and Norway since 2017 have an electric powertrain and this will also be the case in the rest of Europe by 2020. All other markets are set to follow shortly afterwards.

Sustainability in production and procurement

  • Apart from the investment in the new EQ product portfolio, Daimler is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production network within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The future battery production network will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.
  • With extensive orders for battery cells amounting to 20 billion euros up until 2030, Daimler is setting another important milestone for the electrification of its future electric vehicles in the EQ product and technology brand. In this way, the company, together with its suppliers, is ensuring that today and in the future the global battery production network is always supplied with the latest technologies.

Source: Electric Vehicle News