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Startups Aggregating Mini-trucks In India's Local Delivery Market
LOTrucks.com, an Indian startup, is using technology to aggregate the highly fragmented local delivery market in the country. Major cities such as Bangalore employ a hub and spoke delivery system where the last mile is handled by mini-trucks and other vehicles driven by owner-operators. The problem has been connecting the large number ... more
Oregon Electric Vehicle Incentives Would Include NEVs
A House bill working its way through the Oregon legislature would provide cash incentives for purchasing a range of alternative vehicles including NEVs. House bill 2092 would provide different levels of incentives for all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles. The incentives would be applied at the time of sale against the ... more
Golf Cars Finding Success In Thailand
Local media reports that Global Electric Motorcars Asia and others are finding success in Thailand selling electric golf cars (not to be confused with Polaris' GEM brand). Key market segments are resorts and hotels in the South and universities in the Northeast. The company has three showroom locations with service centers in the country, one in Bangkok and two more in the South with plans to open a third. Used primarily for people transport and golf, the majority of the vehicles in the market are imported. Cost-conscious shoppers tend towards Chinese imports that are exempt from the stiff 40-50% import tax ... more
Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2015 Results
Polaris yet again reported record quarterly results with first quarter 2015 sales reaching $1,033.3 million, up 16% compared to the previous year. Operating income increased 19% to $150.3 million during the 2015 first quarter. Currencies in the 2015 first quarter had a $32 million negative impact on total company sales versus Q1 of last year. Here are some of the highlights related to the STOV market. Comparisons are between first quarter 2015 to first quarter 2014, unless otherwise stated. The highlights have been updated following the earnings conference call with analysts.
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Wireless Charging Could Pull Plug on Commercial Electric Vehicles
Brooklyn NY startup HEVO Power is helping EVs "cut the cord" with an innovative inductive charging system that replaces typical plug-in charging systems for fleet vehicles, and extends range by putting the charging system at vehicle destinations, instead of back at their home base. The company's Electric Vehicle Optimization Power Network ... more
EchoDrive Bolt-On Hybrid Kit Wins Work Truck Show
2014 Green Award
A bolt-on hybrid electric system that can be retrofitted onto existing fleet vehicles won the Green Award at the 2014 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN this March. The system, which includes a battery, inverter and electric motor connected inline behind a vehicle's transmission, was developed by Hybrid powertrain developer Echo Automotive, ... more
Utah Bill Lowers Barriers for EV Charging Stations
A new bill before Utah's state legislature would remove restrictions on the resale of electricity specifically to allow the commercial implementation of electric vehicle charging stations. Under current law, only public utilities are allowed to resell electricity, preventing private companies from offering fee-based charging stations in buildings and ... more
Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid subsidized by UK
The UK's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is eligible for the Government's Plug in Car Grant (PiCG), totaling £5,000 (Equivalent to $8,200 at this time).
In order to qualify, the Outlander PHEV had to meet a wide range of safety, emissions and performance ... more
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