Hitachi betting on 800V to go mass-market with high-output inverter

Porsche Taycan production in Zuffenhausen, GermanyWhen Porsche developed its Taycan electric car on 800-volt systems, it had to go the expensive route—designing from scratch many components that EV makers might otherwise secure from suppliers. That’s because while a robust supply network exists by now for 400-volt systems, the idea that 800V might be the future is just starting to be...

DHL’s StreetScooter electric commercial vehicles are coming to the US

Deutsche Post StreetScooter electric van prototypeAn new small electric delivery vehicle is coming to the United States—and it's probably not one you'd expect. Deutsche Post DHL Group is bringing its StreetScooter line of light-duty delivery vehicles to the U.S. market, as the company looks to expand its reach beyond its existing European and Asian customers. Of the existing StreetScooter...

Report: Long-haul electric semis aren’t yet cost-effective

Freightliner eCascadia electric semi and Freightliner eM2 short-haul truckIt may be a while yet before long-haul electric semi-trucks catch up to current and forthcoming ICE technology in terms of total cost of ownership An analysis concluded that while short- and medium-haul trucks powered by alternative fuels may be closing in on the break-even point, long-haul still has a way to go, with high-efficiency diesel models...

Toyota Yaris Hybrid revealed: Will the Prius C return?

Toyota Yaris HybridToyota's subcompact Prius C was never a sales rock star, and as it was surpassed in efficiency by its larger siblings, Toyota put its baby hybrid out to pasture after the 2019 model year. While this option no longer exists for would-be buyers of small hybrids, the formula soldiers on with the next generation of the car on which America's...

Los Angeles wants to pave its streets with recycled plastic

Highway Lights from Drive Change consumer surveyMany, many peoples' trash may become Los Angeles' treasure, as the city is currently mulling a proposal to use waste plastic in the creation of bitumen—the glue that holds asphalt together. Los Angeles is in talks with Silicon Valley- and Saudi Arabia-based Technisoil⁠, which specializes in alternative landscaping products, to put...

VW CEO says ramping up EVs won’t affect profit margins

Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Los Angeles auto showVolkswagen has spent billions investing in its shift from diesel powertrains to battery-electric, but when it comes to profitability, its executives say, what's under the hood doesn't really matter. Thanks to the company's new global architecture, which is electrification-friendly and flexible enough to underpin just about anything VW wants to...

Report: All-electric Hummer revival being mulled as part of GM EV push

Hummer H2The idea of bringing the maligned Hummer brand back as a standalone electric-truck brand is likely to elicit quite the range of responses from longtime social- and eco-conscious car shoppers. General Motors is seriously considering that, as part of a full-size electric-truck push that will reach its full vigor in 2024 and may bring some new life...