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Old Love Bug Going Electric?

December 11th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As one of the first VW Beetle owners, my father might have been an odd entrant into the modern-day vehicle. A conservative WWII hero and vet, he made his life by keeping part of his sorrow tucked away and shut down in a corner of his mind -- the war memories corner. To raise his children, he relied on a mix of conservative faith and Star Trek, and he strived to be fun. Ever the two-sided personality, his hero was Captain Kirk, and Star Trek was a dinnertime fair


Tesla Semi Truck Answers, Chevy Bolt’s Time At #1, US Electricity Sector’s Fall From #1 Emitter … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

December 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the past week, surprisingly, didn't include a single Tesla story! Just kidding — it was the subject of 5 of the 20 articles and was heavily embedded in some of the others as well. But we did also have some fascinating pieces about other EVs, clean power trends, scientific advancements, and more


Will Volkswagen Become #1 Electric Automaker Within 5–10 Years?

December 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I know, I know — Volkswagen deceived the public and regulators for years with "defeat devices" that have resulted in innumerable premature deaths ... and continue to cause harm today. I know, I know — Volkswagen is king of vaporware and has been pumping concept electric vehicles for ages that are still years away from potential production


Top Electric Vans & Delivery Vehicles In Europe

December 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

One of the parts of the auto industry that is best suited to near-term electrification is the delivery vehicle/van segment. Such vehicles — whether inner city parcel delivery trucks, produce trucks, mail delivery vehicles, bakery vans, etc. — generally don't travel much on a daily basis, and often follow very reliable usage patterns within a strict service area, so there are often no fundamental reasons for the operators of such vehicles to not go electric


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What Changed In The EV Market In October?

November 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We published 509 articles in October. It's rather hard to read every single one — I'm not sure if anyone does, but I can tell you that I don't have time for that and I'm the director and chief editor of the site! We publish weekly and monthly roundups of the most popular articles, but I've felt like something was still lacking. So, I've decided to jump into a couple of new monthly reports — one for electric vehicles (this one) and one for solar energy + stationary energy storage


Tesla = #1 And #3 In Near-Record Month (Europe Electric Car Sales)

October 31st, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market returned from the holiday season with fully charged batteries, growing almost a third (+32%) compared to the same period last year by registering some 33,700 units. That's just a whisker below the all-time record of December 2015 (33,827), which, let’s not forget, was inflated by fiscal changes that happened in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark in January


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Is Ford Going To Mass Produce DHL’s Electric Van?

September 29th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following the replacement of the company's former CEO, and an accompanying change in strategy, Ford may now dive into the deep end when it comes to electric vehicles, according to recent reports


Progression Of The EV Revolution (2017–2030)

September 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Most of you reading this are in agreement: electric vehicles will upend the conventional vehicle industry within the next 50 10–20 years. The pollution industry in the world of transport will be destroyed. Gasmobiles stinking up cities, garages, lungs, hearts, and minds will be retiring to scrapyards and history books. But the endgame is sort of boring — yes, awesome, but boring since it is the end of it all


In London, 20 Electrified Ford Plug-In Hybrid Transit Vans To Hit The Road

September 7th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In London, electrified Ford Transit Custom vans are making a first public appearance ahead of a project designed to help improve city air quality. Transport for London (TfL) and key city-based businesses are supporting the Ford fleet trail. Ford’s new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom van offers an electric range of 50+ kilometres (31+ miles) and uses Ford's EcoBoost engine as a range extender


Zoe, Leaf, & i3 Lead The Crowd In Europe (Europe Electric Car Sales)

August 26th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European plug-in car market started its usual holiday season in July, down almost a third compared to the previous month (summertime = lower sales). There were some 19,600 registrations. But that is still up 41% regarding the same month last year, so the growth trend continues. Year to date, the market is up 34% this year, with the EV share now standing at a record 1.6%


Deutsche Post (DHL) & Ford To Manufacture Electric Van

June 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Intelligent business decisions supporting clean air and climate responsibility are much appreciated here at CleanTechnica. Zero-emissions vehicle news from any manufacturer is welcomed if it seems serious, but some stories seem more promising than others


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Deutsche See To Purchase 80 Electric Vans From Deutsche Post

May 4th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We previously reported on the decision by major German fish distributor Deutsche See to sue Volkswagen over VW's earlier claims that the diesel vans that it had sold to Deutsche See were "environmentally friendly." That lawsuit followed the start of the broader Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, of course


DHL (Deutsche Post) To Double Electric Delivery Van Production

April 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Disruption is a beautiful thing. DHL — known in Europe as Deutsche Post — is one of the largest delivery companies in the world. When it wanted to reduce is carbon footprint by using battery-powered electric delivery vans, it approached several major manufacturers and asked them to supply it with vehicles that met its needs. Not possible, the manufacturers all said. Too expensive. Not enough volume to make it worth our while


Europe’s Best-Selling Electric Car = Renault Zoe

February 3rd, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European EV market had approximately 30,000 registrations last month, down 11% over the same month last year. This sales slip, however, had to do with the incentives-derived sales rush of the last quarter of



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