Annual worldwide NEV sales by region, 2011–2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)—low-speed street-legal electric vehicles—on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a new forecast by Pike Research. During that... Read more →

The GEM e2 two-passenger vehicle features six 12-volt flooded electrolyte batteries and a range of up to 35 miles on a charge. Click to enlarge. Polaris Industries Inc. will acquire low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly-owned Fargo, N.D.-based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC. Chrysler Group... Read more →

BC Finalizes Hydrogen Supply Agreement for Buses; OKs Low-Speed Electric Vehicles

BC Transit has finalized a six-year, C$20-million (US$19.9 million) contract with Air Liquide Canada Inc. of Montreal to supply hydrogen for the Province’s 20 new fuel cell buses to arrive beginning next summer. When the buses are operational, BC Transit will have the largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet worldwide,... Read more →

Two Dutch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles: NEV and Scooter

HydroGEM, with loading platform removed. Two hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles have emerged from Dutch labs recently: the HydroGEM, a fuel-cell powered version of a GEM Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), built using a Dutch fuel-cell stack; and the Fhybrid scooter. The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Petten developed the... Read more →