This electric bus can handle a day’s worth of transit on one charge

The Proterra Catalyst E2 is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. mass transit route on a single charge and offers the transit industry the first direct replacement for fossil-fueled transit vehicles. (PRNewsFoto/Proterra) Tesla topping the 300 mile per charge rating with its new 100 kWh battery was a big deal, but a new zero emission bus debuted today by Proterra has actually managed 600 miles out of a full battery in testing. In a real-world setting, Proterra’s new Catalyst E2 will probably manage somewhere between 194 and 350 miles in actual use settings – but that’s plenty according to… Read More technology news

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Ford backs massive bike-share expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area

Ford invested in transportation systems in the San Francisco Bay Area, including bike sharing. At a press conference in San Francisco today, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields announced that the company had both acquired a rideshare startup called Chariot and made a significant investment in expanding the region’s bike-share program. Ford’s sponsorship will see the Bay Area’s supply of shareable bikes expand from 700 to 7,000 by 2018, with 1,350 bikes going… Read More technology news

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Uber turns on electric vehicles in the UK, starting with 50 cars in London

UBER Electric Vehicles - 1 The race for who will take the lead in the next generation of automotive technology is on, and today Uber is kicking off a program that it hopes will help put it in pole position. Today, the transportation-on-demand behemoth is launching a new electric car service in the UK, in partnership with Nissan and China’s BYD, where it will offer leasing (not purchasing) options for… Read More technology news

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Spiri’s on-demand carpooling service will use custom EVs and let drivers ride free

Spiri Danish startup Spiri believes urban transportation is still massively inefficient, and it’s setting out to tackle the problem from a few different directions. First, it’s building an on-demand carpooling service, similar to the UberPOOL offering (and the one Lyft just shut down). Second, it’s going to use its own custom electric vehicles to do so. Finally, it’s using… Read More technology news

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HTT: Building the Hyperloop with vibranium—but without funding or wages

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has about 700 employees, all on stock options. sci tech news

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This could be Faraday Future’s answer to the Tesla Model X

faraday-spy-shot Faraday Future is driving a camouflaged version of a real upcoming production EV in LA, according to Electrek. The site reports that a candid shot of a covered-up SUV is actually a test vehicle from the Californian would-be Tesla competitor backed by Chinese consumer gadget company LeEco. The vehicle looks like a crossover-style SUV, similar to a Tesla Model X, and this is in line with… Read More technology news

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Jobless in the self-driving economy

Uber Self Driving Cars Uber’s self-driving cars will hit the road this month, earlier than anticipated. That’s an exciting surprise…unless of course you’re a driver. They won’t be the only ones affected, though. The consequences of robot-induced unemployment could eventually ripple through the rest of the economy. What will happen to Uber’s 1 million drivers? And the 3.5… Read More technology news

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A first look at the Alta Motors all-electric-motorcycle factory

alta-motors-thumb Motorcycle makers Alta Motors have opened the doors to their new factory in Brisbane, California, and TechCrunch was on the scene for a first look. A quick trip from downtown San Francisco, the factory is in a low and unassuming concrete structure. Inside, it’s surprisingly quiet, thanks in part to the fact that the motorcycles Alta makes are all-electrics, and final assembly of these… Read More technology news

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BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

P90131413_highRes_the-bmw-i8-09-2013 BMW isn’t letting off the gas on its electric vehicle program – the company plans replacements for the i3 and i8 by 2022, according to Automobile Magazine, and a new entrant dubbed Project i20 internally (but likely to be known as the i5 or i6 when it hits streets) on track for 2021. The i20 has a fully electric drivetrain, like the i3 before it, and will also offer BMW’s… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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NASA funds long shots aiming to make electric and eco-friendly aircraft

Airplane Top View One of these days we’re going to see aircraft go electric, just as cars are — but not for a while. In the meantime, we can’t slack off when it comes to the research that will make it possible. NASA has announced five research projects that may help make planes more efficient and green. Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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