Today

Some petrolheads don’t like electric cars because they don’t have the roar of an engine burning fossil fuel. EVs are definitely quieter but they still have a sound and I think some of them are pretty cool.

After watching this new video, now I think the Tesla Semi electric truck prototype accelerating with a trailer is one of the coolest EV sounds yet. expand full story

Yesterday

For years now, Tesla has some ‘super’ owners who promote its vehicles and champion the brand.

It led to the automaker launching the referral program to help with sales and now it apparently leads to owners helping Tesla with vehicle deliveries. expand full story

In order to help move cars during its end of the quarter delivery rush, Tesla is bringing back free Supercharging to inventory cars and Model 3 vehicles until the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Tesla has apparently made a lot of inventory cars unmatched to custom orders that the automaker is now trying to move by the end of the quarter. expand full story

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Model 3 getting its safety rating and another production update, the Audi e-tron unveiling, the new 2019 Chevy Volt, our visit at Interbike, and more.

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At Electrek, we try to focus on all-electric vehicles and not plug-in hybrids because they most often offer only very little electric range.

The Chevy Volt is the exception with its 53 miles of EPA range. It is enough for most people to cover their daily commute and we often hear about Volt owners not having to fill up their gas tank in months or even years.

Now with the 2019 model year, Chevy is enabling you to use the battery pack even more with faster charging and less reliance on the engine. expand full story

Green Deals: Ryobi 14-inch 40V Electric Chainsaw for $169, more

Home Depot offers the Ryobi 14-inch 40V Electric Chainsaw for $169 shipped. Regularly $199, this deal is a 15% savings and a match of our previous mention. Grab this electric chainsaw and finally clean up your property this fall. It ships with a 1.5Ah battery and charger. Best of all? No gas or oil to deal with. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 1,400 reviewers. If you don’t mind a corded alternative, check out this BLACK+DECKER option for $78 shipped at Amazon.

There’s some good and bad in Tesla’s production numbers this week. The automaker was able to maintain really high production over several days, including a record Model 3 production day, but a significant production drop on Sunday resulted in still being behind its overall production goal. expand full story

Dirt bike riding can be a fun hobby, what with the whole flying-through-the-air-on-two-wheels thing. But with gas-powered dirt bikes belching smoke, blaring noise and seemingly in constant need of maintenance to keep them running, it hasn’t always been the most kid-friendly sport.

However, one company is changing that by introducing electric dirt bikes specifically designed for riders aged 3-18.

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The indoor expo at the 2018 Interbike bicycle trade show in Reno, NV has kicked off. Nearly all of the world’s biggest electric bicycle brands are here showing of their newest e-bike models, parts, accessories and even some surprisingly weirder offerings.

Here’s a breakdown of all the best new offerings in the world of electric bicycles and other light electric vehicles.

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After the e-tron electric SUV and the Sportsback, Audi plans to release a previously announced electric Sport e-tron GT in 2020.

Now we’ve learned that it will be based on the Porsche Taycan all-electric performance sedan. expand full story

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