Today

There’s currently a race to create the first air taxi service using electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a new serious player has entered the race: Archer. expand full story

Europe attracted €60 billion in investments for electric vehicles in 2019 — compared to China’s €17.1 billion the same year.

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Amazon offers the Sengled Smart A19 LED Light Bulb for $14.14 Prime shipped when the on-page coupon is clipped. That’s down from the original $25 price tag and regular $20 going rate. This smart bulb is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings, but more importantly, it offers scheduling and other features that help cut down on energy use. This model is a 100W equivalent with a soft white coloring. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

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French President Emmanuel Macron announced an €8 billion ($8.8 billion) plan Tuesday to revive the country’s auto industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing production and sales of electric vehicles is central to the plan.

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Tesla, like many other automakers, is struggling to get operations to something resembling normal within the next month in order to save its second quarter financially.

For the California-based automaker, China is going to be very important this quarter, and there are rumors that Tesla is enjoying a massive backlog of orders in that market. expand full story

The Spectra X from Walnutt is not your standard electric skateboard. It uses bodyweight shifting instead of a hand remote to control acceleration and braking.

Does it work? Definitely. Is it odd feeling? Also definitely.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • UK drivers are ready to change their driving behavior to maintain clean air due to lockdown.
  • Portugal is rolling out a €7 billion green hydrogen strategy.
  • How quickly does the US need to ramp up renewables? Look to the narwhal — video

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Mercedes-Benz is launching its electric EQV minivan in Europe for €71,388.10 (incl. 19% VAT), which is the equivalent of a sticker price of about ~$64,000 USD. expand full story

It was an unexpected but ultimately positive outcome of the COVID19 pandemic: people everywhere are buying up e-bikes en masse. Whether for an affordable transportation alternative that gets commuters out of packed buses, or just for fun to ride around after spending weeks under lockdown, e-bike companies across the US are looking at empty warehouse shelves and frantically restocking as customers buy out the majority of their inventory.

And Amazon is no different; many popular e-bikes are conspicuously missing on the retail giant – but not all.

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Yesterday

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