The next generation of electric vehicles
Fasten your seat belts. This week’s top story is a wild ride through the future of electric vehicles. First off, General Motors is eyeing up a piece of Tesla’s rapidly growing market share after announcing it is introducing an electric version of all of its cars starting next year—get ready for chargeable Cadillacs and plug-in Hummers.
Next up are snowmobiles. Gone are the days where snowmobiling meant ear-splitting engine noise and gas fumes. Now you can explore Canada’s snowy wildernesses with a Canadian-made, emissions-free sled that “accelerates like a roof-less Tesla, with all the traction of a tank”—and nothing but the sound of crunching snow.
Changing latitude somewhat brings us a different kind of electric vehicle. Three-wheelers, like Rickshaws, are a common way to get around in most Indian cities. And as prices drop and charging becomes more accessible, electrifying the tiny taxis has big potential to cut emissions and air pollution.
Switching up the scale (and bringing us back to North America) is a handy new tool by California-based CALSTART, which allows users to compare low-carbon buses and trucks. There are now a whole host of options available for fleet managers across the continent—from garbage trucks to school buses to delivery vans.