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New STOV Market Study
The small, task-oriented vehicle industry, involving golf cars and their derivatives and a wide range of utility and personal use vehicles, has a market size (including parts, accessories, and service) conservatively estimated at over $12 billion at the dealer level. There are an estimated 2.8 – 3.0+ million vehicle units in use and in inventory in the United States. And the numbers ... more
LSVs Popular In China
A recent article discusses the surprising large size of the low-speed electric vehicle market in China. With over 200,000 LSVs produced there in 2013, it dwarfs the nearly 15,000 sold in the US. Some interesting characteristics of the market include, according to the article, a complete lack of regulation. Not surprisingly, hand in hand with this is a lack of safety features ... more
GEM Launches New Vehicles For 2015 Model Year
Polaris's GEM brand announced their model year 2015 lineup including LSV and gas variants of the eM 1400 utility vehicle introduced last year. Besides these additions, the lineup includes e2, e6, e4, and light-utility vehicles eL, eS, eL XD, eM1400. They can haul up to 1,450 pounds of payload and can seat two to six passengers.
The M1400 gas powered ... more
Polaris Reports Record Quarterly Results - Gains Market Share
Polaris Industries reported record second quarter results with sales of $1.014 billion and net income of $96.9 million. Sales increased 20% from Q2 2013 and net income 21%. Key drivers were an increase of 15% in North American retail sales with strength in ORV and motorcycle products. Management also raised their full year guidance to ... more
Kawasaki Announces 2015 Mule PRO-FXT With Seating For Six...Or Three
Kawasaki recently announced their newest Mule utility vehicle, the PRO-FXT which can seat six or three with an additional 20" of cargo space using their configurable Trans Cab seating. The Mule PRO-FXT comes in four models: non-electronic power steering version, EPS, EPS LE and Camo. The vehicle lineup features a new 812cc ... more
Flex L3 Electric Utility Truck Available In UK
ePower Trucks will be the UK distributor for Ligier's Flex L3 electric utility truck. Ligier is a French manufacturer. Powered by lead gel batteries, the street legal Flex L3 has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 35 mph. The target applications for the vehicle, which can come in a flat bed, cage, box body or tipper configuration, are urban delivery ... more
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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